Recipe: Pizza Dough

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Preparation time over 2 hoursCooking time 10 to 30 mins


  • 250-350ml/8¾-12¾fl oz lukewarm water
  • 1 tbsp active dried yeast
  • 550g/1lb 3½oz strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp clear honey
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing


  • Pour 150ml/5¼fl oz of the water into a bowl and sprinkle over the yeast.
  • Stir to dissolve, then leave to rest in a warm place for ten minutes.
  • Sift the flour, salt and pepper into a large bowl.
  • Stir the honey and olive oil into the yeast mixture until well combined.
  • Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the yeast mixture, mixing to form a soft and slightly sticky dough.
  • Add enough of the remaining water, little by little, until you have achieved the correct consistency.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and lightly flour your hands.
  • Knead the dough for ten minutes until it is smooth and pliable.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl - it should be big enough to allow the dough to double in size. Put the dough inside and cover with cling film.
  • Set aside in a warm place for 1-2 hours.
  • When the dough has doubled in size, remove the cling film and punch the dough down.
  • Remove from the bowl and knead again until smooth. Divide into five round balls and let the dough rest before shaping.
  • To shape the dough, lift a ball of dough on to a lightly floured work surface and lightly flour the top.
  • Flatten the dough with your fingers before picking it up and slapping it onto your work surface.
  • Repeat this a couple of times.
  • Now drape the dough over your clenched fist and stretch it gently from the outside rim.
  • Place the dough in well-floured pizza tins or baking sheets, top with your choice of toppings and bake in a hot oven until the topping is melted and the edges are crispy.




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