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Basic pizza dough recipe

An easy way to make your own pizzas at home. Get creative with your favourite toppings!

Written by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
  • Serves: 8 (makes 2 pizzas)

  • Season: All

Pizza is a great dish at any time of the year, and once you’ve mastered the basic techniques you can use this dough and experiment with toppings based on any ingredients that are in season.

Note: This dough quantity is enough for two pizzas. Make a batch in advance as it will need time to rest.


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What to do

Remember to put a damp tea towel under your chopping board to stop it from slipping.
    1. Activate the dry yeast by placing it with the water and sugar in the small bowl and mixing with the fork. Leave it in a warm place for 5–10 minutes. It will start to look frothy as the yeast ferments the sugar into carbon dioxide.

    2. Add the oil to the yeast mixture and mix well.

    3. Place the flour and salt into a large bowl. Create a well in the centre.

    4. Add the yeast mixture into the well.

    5. Use your hands to incorporate the yeast mixture into the flour until the dough clings together and feels springy.

    6. Tip the dough onto a clean, dry, floured workbench and knead for at least 8 minutes until the dough looks smooth.

    7. Brush the inside of a large bowl with a little of the extra olive oil, then turn the dough into the oiled bowl.

    8. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and put it in a draught-free place until the dough has doubled in size (at least 1 hour). This rise is called ‘proving’.

Written by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is a not-for-profit charity whose vision is to see children form positive food habits for life. The Foundation provides the inspiration, information, professional development and support for educational institutions to deliver pleasurable food education, in conjunction with educators, partners and the wider community.

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