I use this dough recipe to make pizza, calzones, rolls, bread sticks, and more. It really is a universal dough recipe that is quick and easy to make. This is also a great recipe to get your kids help with. My son loves adding the ingredients, and then later making his own pizza or calzone.
- 1 3/4 c warm water
- 1 T yeast
- 2 tsp sugar
- 3 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 tsp salt
- 4-5 c bread flour
In a bowl or 2 cup measuring glass, add the yeast and sugar to the warm water. Wait till the yeast becomes active and begins to bloom/create bubbles. Then, add the extra virgin olive oil.
While the yeast is activating, combine 1 cup of bread flour and salt together in your mixer. Once yeast has “bloomed” add the yeast and water mixture to the flour and mix. I use the attachment pictured above for my Kitchen Aid mixer to start with.
Continue adding flour 1 cup at a time until the dough becomes sticky. At this point I change out the paddle attachment and use the dough hook attachment. Then, I continue to add more flour 1 cup at a time.
Once the dough no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl, and when you touch the dough it is a tiny bit sticky, but doesn’t really stick to your finger, you will no longer need to add flour. If you don’t have a mixer, add flour and kneed the dough by hand until it comes together to form a dough ball.
Form the dough into a ball, place in a oiled bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm area until doubled in size. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch the dough down, and it is ready to use!