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Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Dough
Traditional pizza dough adds an easy-homemade touch to a thin crust pizza. Using a prepared pizza sauce, you can make and bake this pizza in an hour.
Yield 2 (12-inch) pizzas



  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup warm water (120-130°F)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Cornmeal (for dusting pan)


  • In stand mixer bowl, add 1 cup flour, yeast, salt; mix well. Add warm water and oil to flour mixture. Using a paddle attachment, blend on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 4 minutes.
  • Switch to dough hook attachment. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 to 7 minutes.
    (NOTE: For hand mixing: following above steps, mix ingredients in large mixing bowl using a wooden spoon or dough whisk. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic.)
  • Cover and let dough rest 15 minutes.
  • Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Press each half into a generously greased 12-inch round pizza pan sprinkled with cornmeal.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Pre-bake for 10-12 minutes until edges of crust begin to turn light golden brown. Add desired toppings and bake an additional 15 minutes.


Whole wheat crust: substitute 1 cup whole wheat flour and 2 cups bread flour for the 3 cups of bread flour called for in the recipe.
Cheese crust: add 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend to the flour mixture.

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Review & Comments

Kaye | Reply

Can I bake on pizza stone?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Kaye – Yes, you certainly can!
Happy baking!

Mary | Reply

How do much yeast cake do I use for this recipe? Because of the shortage due to coved I can only get cake yeast. And the conversion chart is for me confusing. I want to make pizza dough.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Mary,
Do you have a 2-ounce fresh cake yeast? If so, divide that into 3 equal pieces – each piece is equal to 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) dry yeast.
Happy baking!

Carolyn A Mallonee | Reply

Do you really need cornmeal? I don’t have any.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Carolyn,
Cornmeal helps provide a crusty texture and flavor, but is not necessary. Be sure to oil/spray your pan or use parchment paper so pizza doesn’t stick to the pan.
Happy baking!

Bob | Reply

You can use durum semolina flour instead, I think it’s much nicer too.

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barbie shaw | Reply

Can you use regular flour?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Barbie,
You can use all-purpose flour in this recipe.
Happy baking!

Anthony | Reply

Is the Yeast the same as for Bread or different one?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Anthony,
It’s the same yeast. 🙂 You can also substitute instant (quick-rise) yeast in this recipe for the active dry yeast — the dough may rise faster, just keep an eye on it!

Happy baking!

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Kitty | Reply

Love your recipes! I always use Red Star yeast! I buy the 2 lb pkg at Costco.

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Sidney Goldstein | Reply

1 star
Why do you need a machine to mix ingredients? It’s like using a dishwasher for 1 dish. No directions for just making dough!

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Sidney,
You can always mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon or dough whisk instead of a mixer. We hope you enjoyed making the pizza!

Happy baking!

Sandra Roberts | Reply

5 stars
You can make any of the recipes by hand I do quite often, the order remains the same as if using a mixer just mix by hand and expect it to take a little longer to mix is all.

Dhruthi bohra | Reply

I just have a doubt ….pls can u solve it….instead of using mixers can i just use my hand to knead the dough……will it give the same results if v dont use the mixer?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Dhruthi,
Yes. Follow the ‘hand-held mixer’ directions, but use a wooden spoon or dough whisk to mix the ingredients together before hand kneading the dough.
Happy baking!

Pghbakes | Reply

Can I freeze one of the pizza balls? If so how do I freeze in a ball or after stretching out the pie?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi PGHBakes,
We’ve got tips for freezing dough here >>

Happy baking!

sean | Reply

No sugar?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Sean,
This is a lean dough, so there is no sugar in the recipe. You can always add sugar if you’d prefer a sweeter dough. I’d recommend starting at 1-2 Tbsp and going from there until you get the taste you’re looking for.

Happy baking!

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Amanda Davis | Reply

5 stars
Tried and true recipe!

This is my go to recipe for dough. We use it to make calzones at least once a week! This recipe is easy and always turns out a yummy crust.

Merrill Koller | Reply

Exactly what i always try to tell people. Kneading by hand really determines the crust crispiness. But i find if you are making a whole wheat crust it really doesn’t matter, use a machine in that case.

Napa Mom | Reply

I have also used this crust recipe many times. I love it. Reliable, consistent. My family likes it more than other recipes I have used. I also do it without a mixer. Thank you, Red Star.

Stripeypants | Reply

5 stars
Works every time!

I’ve been making this recipe once every other day for a week, and I’m amazed at how well it works! I’ve failed at making pizza dough many times before, but then I thought maybe the yeast manufacturers might know something about it. And I was certainly not disappointed! I like to add herbs to my bread, and with this recipe I find I have to add a little extra water. But other than that it’s so fantastic! A very forgiving recipe, too! By the way, I make mine by hand with no machine or anything. Kneading really seems to be the key to getting a good crust.

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