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How to Make Perfect Pizza Dough

I love pizza, it’s such comfort food and incredibly versatile. This dough works perfectly each time, has great texture and isn’t remotely fussy. I love to add a bit of petit épeautre (Einkorn wheat) flour when I have it for a bit of nuttiness in the flavour. For toppings, you can do anything you like. My two favourites are mushroom with asiago and “tartiflette” with crème fraîche, caramelized onions, potatoes and lardons. When I go to Pizza Phil’s in Bédoin, this is what I order. However, when I can’t get it, I make it myself.

Perfect Pizza dough recipe (PDF) or print the version below.

Pizza Dough Recipe

Perfect Pizza Dough

Sure you can order pizza, but it is way more fun to make your own. This dough recipe never fails to make perfect pizza.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes
Course Appetizer, Lunch Dish
Cuisine French, Italian
Servings 2 pizzas


  • 1 1/2 tsp Dry Active Yeast
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour or a mix of 2c. a/p flour and 1c. petit épeautre
  • 1 tbsp Course Salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • In a small bowl, dissolve honey in 1/4 cup warm water then sprinkle on yeast.
  • Set aside until foamy.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook combine flour and salt.
  • Add oil, proofed yeast mixture and remaining water.
  • Mix on low speed until combined. Dough should form a cluster around the hook. If too runny or too stiff, add flour and/or water until you get the right consistency.
  • Turn up speed and knead the dough for 5 minutes until dough is smooth.
  • Turn out dough and knead by hand for a few minutes.
  • Place in a clean bowl in a warm spot and cover with a damp towel.
  • Let rise to until double in size, 1 to 2 hours. At this point, you can put dough in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge until ready to use (up to 2 days). I usually make two pizzas with this amount of dough.
  • Divide into two, and knead for a few minutes.
  • Place the dough on a parchment or cornmeal lined baking tray.
  • Stretch out dough to desired thinness using your hands (much easier than a rolling pin).
  • Repeat with the second half of dough or save for another day.
  • Prepare and arrange toppings as desired.
  • Preheat oven to 450F (230C).
  • Bake for 7-12 minutes until bubbly and golden.


When stretching the dough, if it keeps bouncing back, place a towel on top of the dough and let it rest for 10-15 minutes to let the gluten relax.
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Paula Kane

Paula Kane

From a background in advertising and design, Paula Kane has forged a career that combines her love of good food and wine with her expertise in marketing to produce highly successful culinary events across Canada. Paula first travelled to France 20 years ago and has been returning ever since. She received a scholarship from the James Beard Foundation to attend Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, from which she was graduated in 2009. She has completed the International Sommelier Guild Wine Fundamentals and recently, the Hautes Etudes du Goût program in gastronomy from which she was awarded a Masters degree from the University of Reims in Champagne, France. For the past ten years, Paula has spent part of her year in the Vaucluse where she cycles, cooks, drinks wine, explores and shares her discoveries with others on her website A Table en Provence. Recently she launched an online magazine —Olive + Sweetpea— dedicated to all things she is passionate about: food, wine, travel, home and women trailblazers.

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