An added bonus of making your own dough: pizza any night of the week! Prep it on Sunday, and it'll keep in the fridge for up to three days. The flavor actually gets better over time with the slow fermentation, yielding a crust with complex flavor and texture. It makes an excellent canvas in our Classic Margherita Pizza, Grilled-Asparagus, Tomato, and Fontina Pizzette, and Roman-Style Thin-Crust Pizzas.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2018


Credit: Paola + Murray

Recipe Summary

10 mins
15 mins
Makes enough for 1 pizza


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine water and yeast in a bowl; let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add flour, salt, sugar, and oil; stir until a ragged dough forms. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface; knead with floured hands until smooth, elastic, and tacky but no longer sticky, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl brushed with oil, turning dough to evenly coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in volume, 1 1/2 to 3 hours; or refrigerate until doubled in volume, at least 12 hours and up to 3 days (return to room temperature before using, 1 to 2 hours).


Cook's Notes

Bread flour contains more gluten than all-purpose, giving this dough an especially chewy texture, ideal for thin crusts.

Properly proofed dough doesn't need much manhandling. Press and stretch it out from the center with your fingertips, turning it periodically to keep the shape round and the thickness consistent.