Basic Pizza Dough

Learn how to make a basic pizza dough and perhaps use it to make a wonderful Calzone pizza.


  • 1.75 tsp active, dry yeast
  • 335 ml warm water
  • 125 ml olive oil
  • 450 g plain flour (sifted)
  • 1.50 tsp salt
  • pinch of sugar


  1. Dissolve the yeast and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Leave it for about 5 minutes, until it gets foamy.
  3. Add in the oil, flour and salt and mix well until it forms a rough dough.
  4. Turn onto a floured board and knead it for another 5 minutes until it is smooth - you can add more flour at this stage if you think it's necessary.
  5. Put the dough into a large bowl and cover it with a damp cloth then leave it somewhere warm for about one and a half to two hours until it has doubled in size.
  6. Roll it out on a floured board to the thickness and shape you require.
  7. Personally, I think thinner is better, but it’s up to you!
  8. Now it is all ready for the filling: I find it quite handy to make a bit of a rim so that the filling doesn't fall out.


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