Step-By-Step, Great Pizza Dough.

12 January 2012 in Italian Food

Over the years I’ve tried various recipes for pizza dough, some have been moderately successful and others downright disgusting, so I confess that I felt no guilt about lobbing various toppings onto Woolies bases. Then at Christmas my daughter-in-law was raving about the wonderful thin based pizza’s she’s been making and so I thought I’d give it a go. I’ve no idea where she got the recipe, but it’s not difficult to make and I was very happy with the results.

15ml dry yeast (1 sachet)

5 ml sugar

250ml lukewarm water

375g flour ( I used bread flour)

5ml salt

15ml oil

Place the yeast, sugar and water in a bowl and stir, put in a warm place for about 5 minutes until it rises like this….

In a good sized bowl put the flour and the salt, make a well in the centre, add the oil followed by the yeast mixture. Using your floured hands mix until you form a dough.

Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic which should take you about 5 minutes.

Split the dough into 6 equal sized balls.

Place on a lightly floured tray under a clean damp cloth and leave in a warm place until the balls have doubled in size (it should take about half an hour)

On a floured surface roll each ball into a round and place on your pan/tray, mine is 30cm in diameter.

I make my tomato base using a tin of Italian tomatoes in thick sauce, which I chop up. Fry half an onion add the tomatoes, a little sugar, fresh basil and seasoning. (Italian dried herbs also work well) and simmer for 5/10 minutes.

I made two pizza’s one with pancetta, mushrooms, green pepper, cheddar and blue cheese ( I was all out of mozzarella) The second one was salami, banana, cheddar and parmesan cheese.

I only used 2 balls, the rest I put in the freezer individually wrapped. I have since used two and once thawed, they roll perfectly and taste great.



23 responses to Step-By-Step, Great Pizza Dough.

  1. What a fantastic post Sous *licking my lips and salivating madly*.

  2. Very nice and looking pretty.

  3. Thank you, we all enjoyed them.

  4. Yum – it’s amazing just how nice homemade pizza is – sadly doing them for the whole family is a right pain, so they don’t get them very often :)

  5. Hoping to be able to say hi :-) Hot enough up the hill? Glowing gallons down here ;)

    • Howsit! I have been wallowing like a whale in my blow-up pool all afternoon, damn it’s been hot. Hope you are well.

  6. These look amazing and the recipe seems simple enough. I am one of those loyal Woolies pizza base shoppers, but no more thanks Sous

  7. Thanks so much for this recipe SC :) Going to copy and save.
    And yay! I can comment:)

  8. Yummy looking pizzas.
    One of our local 7-11s sells bags of dough for R6…makes 3 trays of pizza….so I dont bother making my own dough.They also have brown wheat dough

  9. Hi there – Hoping to get in touch with you quite urgently regarding a foodie piece we’re working on? Please could you mail me on

  10. How many degrees must the oven be and for how long must they be backed and do you pre bake the dough (blind bake) before and then add filling then bake further? Or is this for wood fired pizza/ Thanks

    • Your oven must be on it’s highest temperature and you bake the pizza for 10/15 minutes depending on your oven, keep checking it. I do not pre bake the bases.

  11. Hi, I need to only make 2 pizzas, is it advisable to freeze the other dough and use it when I need to?

  12. this is the best pizza dough i’ve came across,my wife and i just love it

    • Hi Robert, I am so pleased you like it and thank you for taking the time to comment, much appreciated.

  13. Trying your recipe and have to agree this is the best pizza dough i tried, everyone loved it at home, thank you for sharing this ;)

    • I am delighted that you and your family enjoyed your pizza and thank you for taking the time to give me some feed-back, I really appreciate it. :)

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