Pizza Base (Italian Pizza Bread Dough Base)


1/2 oz (15 g) fresh yeast or 2 tsp dried
1/3 cup (3 fl oz) 90 ml tepid water
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 2/3 cup (175 g) plain flour (All purpose)
1 tsp salt


1. Combine the fresh yeast with the water and sugar in a bowl.

2. If using dried yeast, sprinkle it over the surface of the water and whisk in until dissolved.

3. Leave the mixture to rest in a warm place for 10-15 minutes until frothy on the surface.

4. Stir in the olive oil.

5. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl.

6. Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeast liquid, or water and oil.

7. Using either floured hands or a wooden spoon, mix together to form a dough.

8. Turn out on to a floured work surface and knead for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.

9. Place in a large greased plastic bag and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

10. Turn out on to a lightly floured work surface and 'knock back' by punching the dough.

11. This releases any air bubbles which would make the pizza uneven.

12. Knead 4 or 5 times. The pizza base bread dough is now ready to use

What did you think?

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posted by Admin @ 06:59PM, 5/29/06
Once you add The Topping of Your Choice, bake in a preheated oven at 200C (400F) Gas Mark 6 for 18-20 minutes, or until the crust is golden and crisp
posted by Lauren @ 08:55AM, 5/31/08
It was like trying to knead dry sand into a ball of dough
and then it didnt double in size and when i went to knead it the final time it was the size of my hand spread out definetly not enough to feed two people!
To Lauren here above
posted by Ricardo @ 09:54AM, 9/20/08
Obviously your yeast didn't ferment well as a result of which the dough didn't rise.
I mix in the flour a little at a time so I know when it stops being sticky and starts to get dry. And I always use my fingers and hands to knead. That way I'm making sure that the dough is smooth and elastic.

All in all, a good recipe!
Bit dry but nice and easy
posted by Lauren R @ 12:10PM, 9/21/08
Dough was a bit dry whilst kneeding then once cooked was still a bit dry and turned out more like bread stick consistnency instead of the more desired chewy dough. Maybe I cooked it for too long but next time I will just add more water to the mix, make it thicker and cook it for less time.

Thanks for the recipe
Sorry abit confused
posted by charlotte @ 05:31PM, 11/29/08
On stage 6 i don't understand the part at the end could i have some help please
Step 6
posted by amna @ 04:03AM, 1/31/09
Hi , it means make a hole in the dough and pour the
yeast liquid, or water and oil.

posted by Ben Sweeney @ 02:12PM, 5/08/09
Exellent recipe best pizza dough recipe i have ever come across correct measurements etc
How to fix dry dough
posted by Vicki @ 12:14PM, 7/30/09
Just put more warm water in it. If its still too dry then just keep on adding more until sastified
Great recipe
posted by Ellen @ 01:29PM, 8/16/09
I must say that this is the best pizza bread recipe i have ever come across I thought it was absaloutly delicious and will definitly use it again in future

thank you for the recipe
Good pizza
posted by the devil @ 01:32PM, 8/16/09
I thought that it was rather good for my pizza bread at my birthday
posted by hannah @ 07:03AM, 9/07/09
First time at making pizza and this was the easiest recipe to follow for a beginner!
Easy to do and delicious to eat!

Thank you
posted by gonks @ 04:04PM, 9/12/09
This is a great recipe. It makes a delicious pizza.
Easy & fun
posted by Papa John @ 04:45AM, 9/18/09
Great recipe, very quick and easy, can be done in 3 mins (apart from rising) in a single plastic bowl with great results.
Too dry, but easy to fix
posted by steve @ 03:26PM, 10/08/09
Great recipe, but I'm with one of the reviewers who mentioned that it was too dry. Just add extra water little by little when mixing into a dough until it goes from crumby to a slightly sticky dough - but not sloppy! if you kneed and mix it well enough it will be fine
Easy and fun :)
posted by Erin @ 11:47AM, 11/12/09
This recipe was quick and easy, i love home made pizza and ill definatley be using this again :)
posted by Effy @ 03:38PM, 1/28/10
I've never made a pizza before but today I felt the urge. Googled the recepie and found hundreds! I decided on this one because it looked very straight forward!

I've just taken the pizza out of the oven and had a slice! The recepie is perfect and the measurements are just right to make a pizza for 2-4 people!
Really nice
posted by xxxx @ 05:36PM, 2/17/10
However we had to double the measurements to make it for 6 people, still nice though
Good Pizza
posted by El Lukino @ 03:24PM, 3/01/10
Really clear recipe and tasty outcome.
I had a bit of a dry mix too but it is really easy to fix - just add more warm water - and presumably it works in reverse; with a wet mix just seive a little more flour in.
I also put in some chopped sun-dried tomatoes and sunflour seeds for additional flavour and that worked nicely.
posted by ?? @ 01:27PM, 3/17/10
How big will the base be by using exactly this amount of ingredients???
Goodddd Butt...
posted by Hannahhh(: @ 11:30AM, 4/03/10
I think it was good but didnt say how long to mix oil in and how to knead succesfully.
apart from that,, excellentt!!! ((:
Great recipe
posted by Julie @ 09:33AM, 6/26/10
I have made 49 pizzas all great for my daughters wedding
For you complainers out there:
posted by Gwidlet @ 12:38AM, 8/07/10
For size: I used a rolling pin and it came out just fine, in about 20cmx20cm.
For dryness: Unlike others, I added some milk for fear of the water not blocking out the floury taste. It was originally too runny for me, however, but then I was doing it without exact measurments and an everyday cup.
For "rising"/texture: It will not double in size no matter how long you wait, but if you leave it for 30 minutes it will give it a chance to become lighter and fluffier. It might increase slightly in size, also, but...
These are answered to the best of my abiltiy.

As for step six: It means to make a well in the center of the flour/salt (as in, a small dent) and pour the mixture you prepared earlier with yeast/water/sugar into said well.

Very nice pizza recipe
posted by amy @ 01:11PM, 8/21/10
I found the recipe simple, easy to do and i ended up with a nice pizza base.
Superb result-would reccomend recipie to anyone
posted by Becca @ 02:06PM, 8/28/10
This recipie was really simple to follow and we created a fantastic pizza! you do however need to add more water than is suggested as the dough is too dry.
Fab recipe
posted by Clare @ 05:41PM, 9/20/10
This was such an easy recipe 2 follow. Was just enough for 2 people. Can't wait to try some different toppings.
Chicken tandoori
posted by bobcat @ 07:04AM, 10/27/10
Very tasty
Yum yum
posted by Sy @ 05:21AM, 1/23/11
Thanks for the recipe, very good, easy instructions. Simple to remember.
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