A step by step guide for making homemade Pizza Dough. This easy pizza dough recipe is quick and inexpensive and adaptable for thin or thick crust pizza!

This basic Pizza Dough Recipe can make a thin crust pizza dough or a thicker, chewy pizza crust.  It makes a flavorful pizza crust that’s perfect for serving with any Pizza Recipe including: Pepperoni Pizza, Garlic Ranch Chicken Pizza, and Barbeque Chicken Pizza. Don’t forget to top it with my favorite 5-minute Pizza Sauce!

Pizza dough pressed into a circle on a wood pizza peel.

Everyone needs a good Pizza Dough Recipe in their collection, and this one is my favorite because it’s so easy and flavorful!  Though I recently created a Wheat Pizza Crust that is phenomenal as well!

I’ve been making homemade pizzas with my mom, ever since I was little. Once I got married, my husband requested them just about every weekend! But there was only one problem; I wasn’t in love with the pizza dough recipe that I had grown up using.

SO, I set out to make the best pizza dough recipe out there.  Now, for someone who makes homemade pizza on almost a weekly basis, I’ve had my fair share of trial and error, but I can confidently say that THIS IS IT!

How to Make Homemade Pizza Dough:

1. Proof the yeast.  Dissolve the yeast in warm water with sugar and let it sit for about 5 minutes, to proof. (If the yeast doesn’t foam up like in photo step 1, then the yeast is no good.)

2. Make the dough. Next, add more water, salt, vinegar, and olive oil.  Gradually add the flour as you knead the dough on a medium-low speed for about 7 minutes.

3. Allow to rise. Cover the pizza dough and let it and let it rise for 1 – 1 ½ hours or until it has doubled in size.

Process photos for making pizza dough.

4. Divide the dough into 2-3 balls depending on whether you want to make thin crust pizzas or a thicker, chewy pizza crust.  I personally like to divide my pizza dough recipe into three because I like the thin crust pizza.

5. Roll into pizza shape.  Spray your work surface lightly with cooking spray, or dust lightly with flour. Use a rolling pin or your hands to roll and stretch the dough to your desired size. Prick all over with a fork.

6. Pre-bake.  Before pre-baking my pizza crust, I heat the oven with a pizza stone inside. If you don’t have a pizza stone you could use a baking tray (like a cookie sheet), turned upside down. I then sprinkle cornmeal on my pizza peel and place the crust on top, and then slide the crust onto the hot baking stone. If you don’t have a pizza peel you can place the pizza crust on a piece of parchment paper to lift and set it onto your hot pizza stone or baking tray.

If you are looking for an even healthier pizza dough recipe, check out my perfect and flavorful Wheat Pizza Crust!

Tips for perfect pizza dough:

  1. Pre-bake the dough.  I’ve found that the key to this homemade pizza dough recipe is pre-baking it.  It’s absolutely essential to pre-bake the dough for 5-6 minutes before adding your toppings.  Once you’ve added Pizza Sauce and all your toppings, return it to the oven to finish baking! This will result in a crust that holds on it’s own and is crispy on the outside, and soft and airy on the inside.
Pizza dough that has been pre-baked next to another photo of the pizza topped with cheese and pepperoni.

2. Let it RISE! You really need to take the time to let the pizza dough rise. I’ve tried many “no-rise” or “15-minute” pizza crust recipes, but I don’t think any of them taste as good as this one.  You can also make the pizza dough the night before and let it rise in the fridge, in an airtight container, overnight, to save time.

3. Check the flour! In the recipe I call for bread flour but all-purpose flour works perfectly well for this recipe .  If you’d like to use whole wheat flour, check out my Wheat Pizza Crust Recipe!

4. To add flavor: This is a basic pizza dough recipe, but you can spice it up to make it more flavorful.  I sometimes add a couple dashes of garlic powder, dried basil, and oregano at step number 2 below.

5. When rolling out the dough: It’s common practice to roll pizza dough on a floured surface, but I actually like to spray my counter with non-stick spray instead of using flour.  That way excess flour doesn’t make the dough tough and its really easy to stretch the dough with your hands.  You can also use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a circle, or your desired shape but I find that using my hands is just as easy.

A pepperoni pizza cut into slices and a hand removing a slice.

Make Ahead And Freezing Instructions:

To make ahead:

Option 1: Make the dough up until the first rise. Place the dough in an airtight container in the fridge to rise overnight, or for several hours, before rolling it out and pre-baking it.

Option 2: Completely make the pizza dough, including pre-baking it in the oven for 6 minutes. Top with desired pizza toppings, cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours, until ready to bake your pizza.

To freeze the dough: Form a ball with the dough and lightly spray it on all sides.  Wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in a ziplock freezer bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.  To thaw, place the pizza dough in the refrigerator overnight and roll it out when you are ready to pre-bake.

To freeze the pre-baked crust:  Make sure the crust cools completely and then wrap it in plastic wrap and tinfoil and store it in your freezer.  You can freeze the crust with or without toppings.

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Pizza dough pressed into a circle on a wood pizza peel.
Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 1 hr 40 mins
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  • In a large bowl of a stand mixer combine ½ cup of the warm water with the sugar and yeast. Stir to dissolve the yeast and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Add the remaining 1 cup of warm water, and the olive oil, salt and vinegar.
  • Begin mixing on medium-low speed, gradually adding the flour, and knead the dough for about 7 minutes, or until it’s smooth and elastic. The dough should be slightly sticky, but not so sticky that it really sticks to your fingertip when touched. 
  • Cover the bowl with a dry towel and allow to rest in a warm place until doubled in volume–about 1 to 1 ½ hours.
  • Gently punch the dough down and place on a lightly greased or floured counter top. Divide the dough into 2 or 3 equal pieces (depending on how thick you want your crust/how big you want your pizza. I make three medium size, thinner crust pizzas. But you could make two larger pizzas). 
  • Roll and stretch your dough to desired size and thickness. 
  • Allow the dough to rest while you preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. If you have a pizza stone (or want to use a baking tray) place it in the oven while it preheats. 
  • Brush pizza dough lightly with olive oil and prick it all over with a fork. Pre-bake the dough on a hot pizza stone or in pizza pan for 6 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven and add pizza sauce and toppings. Return to oven and bake for 8-15 more minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.


Make ahead instructions:
Option 1: Make the dough up until the first rise. Place the dough in an airtight container in the fridge to rise overnight, or for several hours, before rolling it out and pre-baking it. 
Option 2: Completely make the pizza dough, including pre-baking it in the oven for 6 minutes. Top with desired pizza toppings, cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours, until ready to bake your pizza.
To freeze the dough: Form a ball with the dough and lightly spray it on all sides.  Wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in a ziplock freezer bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.  To thaw, place the pizza dough in the refrigerator overnight and roll it out when you are ready to pre-bake.
To freeze the pre-baked crust:  Make sure the crust cools completely and then wrap it in plastic wrap and tinfoil and store it in your freezer.  Only freeze pre-baked crust without the toppings!


Calories: 751kcalCarbohydrates: 131gProtein: 18gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 1167mgPotassium: 206mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gCalcium: 25mgIron: 7.9mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe was awesome and easy! Much easier than my MIL recipe. (way better too!) The pre-baking really does make all the difference. Thanks for another great recipe.

    1. Yes it’s great in a cast iron pan! I use it all the time, just make sure your cast iron pan is seasoned well! Enjoy the recipe.

  2. I have made this recipe twice. The bread flour makes all the difference in the world. Love the olive oil. I also used the salt grinder to lightly salt the crust before the first bake. No more pizza orders for me! This is too easy and too good💕

  3. Fabulous recipe! Very easy to make, and freezes well. Not having read the comment section, I froze part of the dough ball *after* the first rise. After defrosting the frozen ball overnight in the fridge, I let it sit on my counter for a few hours before stretching it into a pizza round. I didn’t have to proof it again in a warm place or punch it down a second time.
    Maybe I was just lucky, but it turned out just as well as the dough I used fresh. Big hit with my family; thanks for posting!

  4. Hi Lauren, I bought some pizza crusts and they were mouldy and then decided to make my own crusts. Your recipe was such a success that I’ll not buy pizza crusts again. Thanks very much for sharing your recipe.

  5. The metric unit for the flour is not correct…I’m a beginning baker and it said 3-3/4 cups flour = 968.75 grams of flour. I should have known better but that’s way too much, once I had ruined the dough I looked it up and the measurement provided is way off :/

    1. I am so very sorry this happened. You are absolutely correct that is off. It appears the calculator ADDED the two numbers in the range. Again, sorry that happened!

  6. When I put my dough in the fridge over nite, it always gets a skin on it. Even when covered. What am I doing wrong ? Jim

  7. I would love some more information on rolling out pizza crust. Mine tends to be elastic and rarely stays in the shape that I need. Perhaps there are some tricks that I am not aware of to get that thin, flat circle.

    1. Hi Julie, roll it a little and then cover with towel and let it rest for a few minutes (to allow the gluten to relax), and then roll again.

  8. I use this recipe all the time and love it. I’d done it several times without the vinegar and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t swelling like it should but problem solved after this go and I absolutely love it. 10/10. I throw seasonings in my flower before I add the wet ingredients to add more garlic taste.

  9. When freezing the dough in a ball, do you let it rise completely & then freeze it? Or is it frozen before letting it rise?

  10. 5 stars
    I have made this pizza dough several times now with different toppings and it tastes so good, and healthy because it’s fresh made at home! I’ve tried different versions of your pizzas that are always great. And I’ve made this dough & frozen it to use at a later date & it tastes just like it does when fresh!

  11. Hi there, I’m anxious to try your recipe after another soggy middle pizza!! Where do you position your oven rack? Middle, bottom?

  12. 5 stars
    I had never made pizza dough before and using this recipe was my first go at it. Now, I make it pretty much weekly for my family and we all LOVE it! I also make it with your homemade pizza sauce, it’s delicious. Because of these recipes we never order out pizza anymore!

  13. 5 stars
    I’ve been using this recipe for so long. It’s a favorite! Always comes out perfect!! I do have one question, why can’t you freeze a pre baked pizza WITH the toppings?

    1. Thanks so much Lisa! You can pre-bake the dough for 5-6 minutes, add toppings, then freeze it to bake fresh, later. Pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni, sausage, bell pepper, onion all freeze great. A BBQ chicken pizza would also freeze well.

  14. This is the best Pizza Dough recipe I have found. I recently bought a Pizza Stone and a Pizza Peel and a stand mixer, so I am a newbie at all things cooking related, recently retired and trying out all the things I never had time to do while I was working.
    Thank you for this excellent step by step tutorial.

  15. I used to do this crust type. I now use a pretty heavy stone and set oven to 550 with fan bake setting. I make the crust on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam and sprinkled with corn meal. It goes in for 60 seconds and then the crust will usually float right onto the stone. 5-7 minutes and it’s very nice.

  16. I love this pizza dough recipe! It made such beautiful crispy crust. We got three 12-14 inch pizzas out of it. Great for a make your own pizza night, I’ll be using this recipe from now on.

  17. I use your web site a lot. My 6 year old granddaughter has Anaphylactic allergies to dairy, eggs, soy and peanuts. So I’ve been using your pizza crust recipe for years now. I love your site. Please keep up the good work. I was just reading about buttermilk substitutes. I’ve had a buttermilk chicken recipe for years, but couldn’t use it for her because of the allergies. Now with a substitute for the milk I’m going to give it an attempt. She loves chicken on the bone, as she calls it.

  18. Hi Lauren, Thanks for the Pizza Pie dough recipe. I took a class taught by the Gen Mills Betty Crocker Italian Division Director. For home use he tried all methods and said he found a Pizza Screen gave him the best results since home ovens are not built to give temps of 900 degrees. I still use a stone and pan though. His name was Antonio Cecconi.

  19. Fantastic recipe! Easy! I put my pizza stone and pre-heated in a 450 oven, and even heated it an additional 10 minutes. Crust was amazing! Thank you!!

  20. 1 star
    I really wanted to like this…. my 15 year old said it was like a peanut butter pizza with cheese and chicken…. Thai peanut butter sauce is great on noodles but not on pizza

  21. 5 stars
    i am going to try this recipe soon i like the way you show so many ways to make the pizza like freezing ,making ahead etc. you answered all the questions without askling i am 81 and always trying new recipes.

  22. 5 stars
    I have been making pizza this way for 20 years. If you are having a party, you can pre-cook several crusts and have them ready for your guests to add toppings. This way all the pizzas can come out at about the same time. Also, I like to add toppings, that you might find on a bagel, to the crusts outer crust to add a little flare to the last bite.

  23. Will it work wirh gluten free flour? Often it doesn’t work the same and the texture is more crumbly?

  24. Just finished making pizza from this recipe. The dough was a lot wetter than I anticipated but I didn’t want to add too much flour. The end product was great though, nice and crispy. I will post on IG and tag you. Thanks for this recipe.

  25. Thanks for the recipe and tips for a great pizza! Can I ask, though, what is the vinegar for? I’ve never seen it in a pizza dough recipe and I’ll admit I’m reluctant to try adding it! Thanks for your help!

  26. Great recipe. We use it often. My granddaughter is Allergic to milk and eggs and soy, so this recipe is perfect she loves grandpa’s pizza. Thank you again for making this available to the public..

  27. 5 stars
    Amazing!! I offered to make my father’s birthday dinner last night, I wanted to make pizza from scratch because he deserves the best. This was the BEST! Thank you for sharing!

  28. 5 stars
    I love this and have made it now more than 3 times! Kids say it’s the best pizza they have ever had ! Also I don’t use anything fancy beyond my hands and a fork Incase some of you have a super basic kitchen like me

  29. 5 stars
    Greetings from Melbourne, Australia. G’day!! I had to make 4 pizzas today and the thought of kneading all that dough by hand was daunting. I don’t have a stand mixer. I have a very very old food processor (my mother in law’s) and after a bit of research saw that one could make dough using the usual “S” blade in the food processor. I tried it with your recipe ingredients and it worked! Best pizzas ever!! I did not pre-bake them as I roll very thin and they turned out lovely and crisp. I think vinegar is the secret ingredient and I will always use your recipe from now on. Thank you so much! :))

  30. Hi Lauren!

    Do you have any suggestions for making personal pizzas with toppings that can be frozen? My teen would love to be able to grab a small pie before practice, but I’m hesitant to purchase the packaged premade frozen options.


    1. Absolutely! I do this all the time. I pre-bake the dough for 5-6minutes, add toppings, then freeze it to bake fresh, later. Pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni, sausage, bell pepper, onion all freeze great. A BBQ chicken pizza would also freeze well.

  31. 5 stars
    BEST RECIPE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have been using this recipe for like the 6th time now and every time, it never disappoints. First time I made it, the family loved it and it received many great comments… actually didn’t make enough pizza that night (smh). Anyways, thank you for this recipe, I loved it and the people I have shared it with love it too. Definitely can’t go wrong with this one.

  32. Hello, thank you for this. I tried this today and the crust was beautiful on the parts where I had rolled it well and baked it well (I tried different heights, the bottom and the middle) and also different baking trays.

    1. How do I prevent the dough from springing back when rolling it out?
    2. What shelf or level in the oven do I bake it on? The bottom most immediately that sits as the base of the oven, one above that or the middle of the oven?


    1. Hi, I experienced the same about the dough springing back (shrinking) while rolling. So the next time I made pizza dough, and when it was ready to “punch down and cut into portions”…I don’t punch or knead the dough. I just take a knife cut into portions but I did not knead the dough. I gently just shaped into a ball and begin rolling. Worked! No shrinking:) It’s important that you don’t knead the dough before rolling. I hope this helps you.
      Regarding oven shelf, I have a fan forced oven and I place it on all the 3 shelves as I make 3 pizzas. It bakes well. Happy cooking!! 🙂

  33. Far, churr. Tried this recipe because Mum and sis had a recipe that required no yeast and they thought they were the bomb dot com, but I WANTED TO DO IT RIGHT AND BE THE BEST without too much effort and dayum!! Not only did this taste dribbling good, the reheat of my pizza TASTED AMAZING and we put the leftover pizza’s in the freezer & heating that was EVEN BETTER!!!!!!!! QUARANTINE GOT ME TESTING RECIPES – THIS ONE IS LEGIT! GOT ME FEELING LIKE SELLING MY PIZZA! THANK YOU!

  34. 5 stars
    I am 68 years old and for some reason, could never make a simple ‘pizza’ I have tried, and tried. I thought, one last time, I’d try and then just plan on going to my favorite pizza joint (which has increased its prices and changed the recipes) from now on. O.K. Last time my husband, who was the one that said,’For all the work that’s involved, don’t make pizza again–and on top of it, you know this isn’t very good’. NOW….drum roll, was it 4 maybe 5 times during dinner tonight, he said, “WOW…THIS IS GREAT.” Thanks so much. Now, on to trying different toppings ! BTW: I didn’t have white vinegar, used apple cider, and used the Bosch, which almost gave me a heart attack because it left a bunch of loose dough on the bottom. I gathered it together and kneaded it for another 3-mins or so, and it survived. Any explanation as to why this happened ? Not enough dough? Speed too low ? I’d like to know your thoughts.

  35. 5 stars
    Full proof recipe… 100% recommended… i have many other recipe, nothing came so good.. thank u so much.. i am great fan of ur recipe…

  36. 5 stars
    I didn’t know how we’d manage without Pizza during the lock down here in South Africa, especially with 2 teenage sons. I started this pizza dough quite hesitantly but I was absolutely blown away by how amazing my pizzas turned out. I also used your 5 minute pizza sauce recipe. My hubby now wants me to make pizza at home instead to takeaways! Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Liezel

      What yeast are you using? I only have anchor yeast. I think it should be fine?

      Good luck on your side!

      From a fellow locked-down family

  37. 5 stars
    THANK YOU for explaining about pre-baking the crust. I’ve made this pizza dough twice now– my two best pizzas ever! Thanks for this great recipe!

  38. I am such a food snob, so when I find a recipe that exceeds my expectations, I immediately tell all my friends.
    This pizza dough is by far the best recipe I have come across on pinterest and would rate it five stars.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

  39. 5 stars
    I’ve tried several dough recipes and this one is by far the best! I froze some of the dough thawed it and it baked up just like fresh. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  40. I live on pizza! I like only the crisp cooked crust lined with fresh sliced tomatoes with garlic salt on top and mozzarella cheese on top. Then baked at 500’
    Oh, so yummy! Lots of fresh garlic and salt if no the garlic salt.
    I have a pizza stone and will try it for sure now but I usually use a cast iron round griddle! It sure turns out great. Have not used my stone in years. But will try it again!❤️

  41. 5 stars
    I’ve tried so many pizza dough recipes I had given up, thought I would try one more and bingo! This is so easy and so delicious! Thank you!

  42. Came across your pizza dough recipe and find it interesting….I have made pizza for quite some time now at home….but this is the first recipe I seen that has some vinegar in it…what does that do for it? I also see a picture of your dough mixer, where did you get that at? Thanks

    1. The vinegar helps with the gluten development and texture of the dough to make a better pizza crust, rather than just “bread-like” crust. The mixer is a standard Bosch mixer (great for breads!)

  43. 5 stars
    I will look no further for a pizza crust recipe. This was absolutely perfect and so delicious!! Thanks for the amazing recipe.

  44. 5 stars
    My husband and I love this recipe! We recently moved and I misplaced it. No other crust comes close and pizza was just not the same. I finally found this again (I’ll be printing and putting up for safe keeping!) and guess what we are having for dinner. I’m looking forward to trying this updated version.

  45. 5 stars
    I have only tried making my own pizza crust a handful of times and each time it turned out meh..too thick or mushy in the middle or tasteless..I’ve never found “the perfect recipe”. I bought my first ever Kitchen Aid mixer and wanted to break it in by making pizza dough. I found your recipe thought I’d try it. It was perfect! Seriously..the search is over. I have found my go to recipe. I followed the recipe exactly as written and the crust was perfect. “Just like restaurant pizza” my hubby said! It wasn’t too thick..but not too thin either..I used the only 2 stones I have which are a 13″ round and a 12″ x 15 1/2″ rectangle and it was the perfect amount of dough for the thickness of crust we like. I’m so glad I came across your recipe. Thanks so much for posting it!
    I know there are many pizzas in my future! Lol

    1. You can make it in a mixing bowl, stirring it well, and then knead the dough by hand on your counter for 10 minutes.

      1. Thank you for this! I do not have a mixer yet, but am really interested in making this.

        Also, is there a difference if I use Fleischmann’s instant yeast instead of active yeast? It’s what we have in the pantry due to COVID times.

        Thanks again!

        1. You don’t need a mixer–a bowl and wooden spoon will work (just a little more tiring on your arm :-)). Yes you can use instant yeast, just skip the first step of proofing the yeast, and add everything together at the same time (besides all the flour).

  46. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe. I often double it and after the first bake I cool on wire racks, layer with parchment paper between each and freeze in 2 gallon freezer bags. Then when we need a quick meal I pull them out and add sauce and toppings
    ( while still frozen and oven is heating) then bake. Faster than delivery and so good!

  47. 5 stars
    This is IT. I’ve searched for a great pizza crust recipe and I’ve finally found it, and it’s easy to boot! This crust is soooo DELICIOUS. Words cannot describe it accurately. I am curious about one thing, how would it taste if I put it in an oiled pan and made it pan style? Thank you so very much for the PERFECT PIZZA RECIPE.

    1. Thanks Rose, I’m so happy to hear that! And that would definitely work 🙂 You could even just put cornmeal in the bottom of the pan.

  48. 5 stars
    This s a great recipe! Thank you. I prepare them through the prebaking step then cool then on wire racks. When cool I layer them between parchment paper and into 2 gallon freezer bags. Pull out of the freezer and add your toppings while the oven is heating–no need to thaw. Faster than delivery!

    1. Self rising flour has baking powder and salt. I would omit the salt in the recipe but baking powder acts like yeast so the combination may make for extra puffy dough.

  49. 4 stars
    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I made this today for the first time and it came out divine. The dough is very pliable afterwards, just what I was aiming for. The crust is chewy but still holds up well to the 4+ toppings which I made my two pizzas with. Thanks a mil!!!

  50. 5 stars
    This pizza dough is fantastic! We too are avid pizza eaters, and my son will choose this dough over going out. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Your blog is outstanding!

  51. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this pizza recipe. It’s the only one I use. I make it every Friday night, my husband and kids love it. ?‍?‍?‍? I’ve also done it for other members of the family and they can’t believe how amazing and authentic the pizzas turn out ?
    I’ve been using a shop bought pizza sauce but would love to make my own.

  52. I am h I got lots people over and we are making personal,pizzas. Can I make a double batch or do I need to do it one batch at a time?

  53. 5 stars
    I would like to thank you for a most WONDERFUL pizza dough! I do a lot of research before investing the monies to purchase ingredients. I forgot that I didn’t have tomato sauce. As I put away the groceries, I realized I purchased mini tomatoes, Sazon, garlic salt, garlic, and fresh garlic, and put it all in the mini food processor. AMAZING! I didn’t even cook it. A friend bragged about a pizza dough recipe. I thought he said he put vinegar in it. So after losing the written recipe, I searched on YouTube, since he said he found his recipe there. I searched and nothing really “felt” right, but I kept searching and found your blog. He said he didn’t use vinegar. He also said he wanted to save up for a pizza pan with holes in the bottom. I told him I had just bought one at Dollar Tree. Sure enough, I found his written recipe, and there was no vinegar, but I thought about it, and read on the internet that vinegar makes a difference. Dang sure does! With the sauce, cheeses, pepperoni, and homemade sausage I made, with black olives. Oh! My! Goodness! Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

  54. I’m new at pizza dough. I made this recipe a couple weeks ago. ore-Baked Then COKKED With toppings. Dough was hard/crunchy on edges. Not like restaurant pizza. I followed recipe to letter. What can I do to improve texture of crust?

  55. This pizza looks delicious…want to make it with your homemade crust but the link gives me the post w/o recipe. Maybe my computer??? Thanks for all the wonderful recipes, you inspire me!

    1. Hi Brenda, I’m so sorry, my site had a some technical problems this morning for a short window of time. It should be fixed now! Let me know if you need anything else! Hope you enjoy the pizza!

  56. We also make pizza once a week. Just ordered a stand mixer for my birthday, so I’m excited to try homemade pizza dough! Would it be okay to make the pizza crust, including pre-baking it, THEN freeze it for a week or so and thaw a day before we’re ready to top it? Thanks!

    1. Hi Janine, that’s so exciting–hope you love your new stand mixer! Yes, that should work great to freeze it after pre-baking it! I’d love to hear how you like it!

  57. This pizza dough is fantastic! We too are avid pizza eaters, and my son will choose this dough over going out. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Your blog is outstanding!

  58. Do you save some of the dough in the refrigerator for another night? How long does it last in the fridge? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Amanda, you can refrigerate the dough right after you make it (before the first rising) and bake it the next day. I’ve never tried it longer than one day later…

  59. Just because I’m curious, what does the vinegar do in the recipe? I’ve made several pizza dough recipes but none that use vinegar.

  60. This recipe sounds great. I would like to try it today but I’m out of white vinegar..Would apple cider vinegar work in a pinch?

  61. I made this tonight after trying a couple other dough recipes for the past few weeks and this one was just perfect! Thanks for a recipe that is sure to be a keeper!

  62. There’s only two of us. Can I freeze some of the dough or should I scale it down? Freezing would be great if it would keep.

    1. Hi Sally, I think freezing it would work great. Just stick it in the freezer right after you make it. Then let it unthaw on your counter all day, enough that it’s able to get a first rise. Then shape it into your pizza and let it rest again for 20 minutes before pre-baking it!

        1. Yes, I would stick it in the freezer right after you knead it the first time. Then when you’re read to use it, take it out several hours in advance and place it (covered) in a warm place to let it thaw and rise.

  63. Loved this recipe! The recipe was perfect as is! I used my Kitchenaid Mixer to do the first part of the kneading. I topped my pizza with homemade pizza sauce, sauteed onions, mushrooms and peppers, goat cheese, and kielbasa! Yummy!

    1. Hi Alanna, Yes I think it would work just fine to pre-bake it for 6 and then finish a few hours later!

    2. I tried this and it worked great! Made everything the day before for a DIY pizza party. I prebaked the crusts for 6 minutes, let cool and then put in the fridge overnight. Pulled everything out to warm to room temp, decorated the pizzas and boom, perfect!

    1. You can “beat” it with a fork. Just stir well with a fork until the dough pulls from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball. Then lightly flour or grease your hands and you kitchen counter, pour the dough out onto the counter, and knead it with your hands until it’s smooth and elastic!