Making your own pizza is so much fun and easier than you think. Just follow our foolproof recipe for restaurant-quality results.

Everyday Food, March 2004


Recipe Summary

3 hrs 15 mins
3 hrs 15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Make the dough: In a food processor, pulse together flour, cornmeal, yeast, and salt. With processor running, add oil and then 2 cups cold water in a steady stream; process until dough just forms a ball.

  • Turn out dough onto a floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, 3 to 4 times. Place in a resealable bag; let rise until doubled in bulk, 2 hours at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator (let come to room temperature before proceeding, about 40 minutes).

  • Divide dough into four equal portions; roll into balls, and cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap until puffed, about 20 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place each dough ball on a baking sheet; using your hands, gently flatten, and pull into 8-by-10-inch ovals. Top as desired.

  • Bake until crust is gold brown and toppings are hot, rotating sheets halfway through, 10 to 12 minutes.

Cook's Notes

Be sure to use only rapid-rise yeast to make this easy pizza dough; regular dry yeast has to be activated with hot water before its added to the flour mixture.