Traditional Thick Pizza Dough

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  • Yield: 2-4 People (2 9" pizzas)


  • 3/4 cup warm water (110-115°F)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Olive oil for rising process


  1. In a small bowl, combine water, yeast and honey.  Stir lightly to mix and let stand 3-5 minutes until the surface appears foamy.  Mix flour and salt together in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture and stir until it comes together in a soft, sticky ball.  Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.  

  2. Coat the inside of a large bowl with olive oil and place dough inside, turning lightly to coat dough on all sides. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let rise in a warm place for 1-1½ hours or until doubled in bulk.

  3. Remove dough and place on a floured surface.  Divide into two equal portions and dust tops with flour.  Let rest 10 minutes.  If you’re looking for an extra fluffy crust you can let it rest at this stage for about an hour or until again doubled in bulk.

  4. If you want store it for later use, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to three days.  When you are ready to use it, make sure to let it return to room temperature before working with it.   

  5. Or, if you are ready to use your dough now, roll each portion out into rounds about ½” thick and let rise for another 20-30 minutes before continuing with your recipe.

This is a thick crust pizza dough recipe which is made specifically for baking in your conventional oven.  This is a very easy recipe that you can make in less than an hour!  This crust is sure to satisfy all of your guests.

The dough that you use for your pizza is arguably the most important part of the whole recipe.  It is what the sauce, cheese, and toppings use as their base, and therefore it must taste great - if not, the entire meal will suffer. This is why you must have a great recipe if you are going to make your dough from scratch.  You also could consider adding even more spice to your recipe - you could add herbs such as oregano, basil, or garlic.

Though it is easy to use a pre-made crust that you buy at the store, it is much more satisfying to make your own using a pizza dough recipe.  Homemade pizza crust is much tastier than the store-bought varieties and the recipe is not very complicated to make.  You can make this recipe in very little time and with very little effort.  One of the most important things to remember is to let the dough rise before you bake it.  This is a very important step in the process, and if you skip it the crust will not have the fluffiness and tenderness that the recipe calls for.

What's more, your guests will love it because your recipe will taste much more authentic than what is sold in the store.  Everyone likes a homemade crust much more than one that you have bought pre-made.  Using this recipe, you are well on your way to making a delicious homemade treat that your family and friends will love.

More about your pizza crust...

The type of crust that you choose to create makes a huge difference in the outcome of your pizza recipe.  Thin crust and thick crust pizzas are very different and the one you choose depends on the occasion, the preferences of your guests, and the toppings you plan to use in your recipe.

It is important to consider the occasion when you are choosing what kind of crust to use for your pizza recipe.  Thick crust is a great option if it is cold outside and you have hungry guests who are craving a hearty meal of pizza and beer.  A thin crust may be more appropriate if you are planning a light meal during the summertime, accompanied by a salad and white wine.

We strive to bring you the best recipes for all pizza, no matter what kind of crust you choose.  We hope that you enjoy all of the recipes that you find on this site and that you will continue to visit for all of your pizza making needs.

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