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Pizza Dough

Use this fantastic dough recipe, adapted from the May 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Living, to make Oven-Dried Heirloom Tomato (pictured) and Shiitake Mushroom pizzas.

  • Yield: Makes four 12-inch pizzas
Pizza Dough

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May 2009


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (one 1/4-ounce envelope)
  • 2 cups warm water (105 degrees to 115 degrees)
  • 5 to 5 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting, preferably organic
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for bowl


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in 3 cups flour and the salt, stirring until smooth. Stir in an additional 2 cups flour; continue adding flour (up to 1/2 cup), 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring until dough comes away from bowl but is still sticky.

  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, and knead with lightly floured hands. Start by slapping the dough onto the counter, pulling it toward you with one hand and pushing it away from you with the other. Fold the dough back over itself (use a bench scraper or a wide knife to help scrape dough from surface). Repeat until it's easier to handle, about 10 times. Finish kneading normally until dough is smooth, elastic, and soft, but a little tacky, about 10 minutes.

  3. Shape dough into a ball and transfer to a lightly oiled bowl; turn to coat. Cover with plastic, and let rise in a warm place until it doubles in volume, 2 hours. Press it with your finger to see if it's done; an indent should remain.

  4. Scrape dough out of the bowl onto floured surface, and cut it into 4 pieces. Shape into balls. Dust with flour, and cover with plastic. Transfer to refrigerator, let rise overnight.

Reviews (2)

  • xfitk8 22 Mar, 2011

    I've frozen this dough. I just do it after letting them rise overnight. After taking them out of the fridge, I flatten them into round discs, then freeze after dusting with flour and wrapping in parchment paper. Then I put all four into a ziplock freezer back and they are ready when you want to cook them! We cook ours on the grill, and it makes an awesome pizza:).

  • Vanessa_in_Australia 31 May, 2009

    Can this dough be frozen? If so, what is the best method? After it has risen overnight in the fridge?

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