Pizza dough

Great pizza dough needs a long, slow rise to make it extra flavoursome and elastic. It’s important to get your oven as hot as possible, to mimic the conditions of its wood-fired cousin.


500g super fine 00 grade or strong white bread flour
¼ tsp easy bake yeast
1 tbsp fine salt
extra virgin olive oil, for kneading


1. Prepare the dough the night before; put the flour in a deep bowl, make a well in the centre and add the yeast and salt, slowly incorporating 325ml warm water until you have a rough, sticky dough.

2. Knead vigorously on an oiled work surface for 20 seconds, then rest for 10 minutes; repeat twice, using more oil as needed. Put the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with cling film and prove in the fridge for at least 8 hours, or up to 24 hours.

3. Divide and shape the dough into 4 even balls and space out on a floured baking tray. Flour the surface, cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rest for 1 hour, or up to 3 hours, until at room temperature.

4. Preheat the oven to 250˚C, gas mark 9; put a baking tray on the highest shelf. Shape each ball into a pizza base, then transfer 1 to a well-floured baking tray. Scatter with your favourite toppings and slide onto the hot baking tray. Cook for 6-8 minutes, until crisp and golden; repeat with the remaining bases. 

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus resting and proving
  • Cooking time: about 35 minutes
  • Total time: 55 minutes

Makes: 4 pizza bases

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1,977
Fat 5.1g
Saturated Fat 0.8g
Carbohydrate 87.4g
Sugars 2.1g
Protein 17.8g
Salt 4.9g
Fibre 3.5g

Per base

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This recipe was first published in Tue Aug 11 12:43:53 BST 2015.