Basic Pizza Dough

Basic Pizza Dough

When it comes to making pizza at home, the first step is to choose the right dough. You can make your own dough using flour, yeast, water, and salt, or buy pre-made dough from the store. The next step is to choose your toppings, whether it’s a classic tomato sauce and mozzarella or something more creative like pesto and goat cheese. Finally, bake your pizza in a preheated oven at high temperature, usually around 425-450 degrees Fahrenheit, for around 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Making basic pizza dough by hand at home is an easy and rewarding experience, and adding 2 teaspoons of honey to the dough can give it a subtle sweetness and a golden color. Here’s a simple and straightforward recipe for making basic pizza dough by hand at home:


Course Pizza Dough and Recipes
Prep Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author N. J. Sorensen, RDN


  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • cooking spray


  • Dissolve the honey and yeast in ¾ cup warm water in a large bowl. Let stand 5 minutes or until bubbly. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 2 cups flour and salt to yeast mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 6 minutes); add enough of the remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hand (dough will feel slightly sticky).
  • Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°F), free from drafts, 30 minutes or until double in size. Gently press two fingers into dough. If the indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.
  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and sprinkle a baking sheet with the yellow cornmeal.
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to your desired thickness and shape. Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet and add your desired toppings.
  • Bake the pizza in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

This recipe is a basic and simple way to make pizza dough, and by adding 2 teaspoons of honey, it gives it a subtle sweetness and a golden color. Making pizza dough by hand is not only easy but also a fun and rewarding experience that allows you to be creative with the toppings and ingredients.