My Pizza Dough

My Pizza Dough

I won’t lie – I’m actually pretty annoyed by how easy this recipe is. It also is pretty much a billion calories less than anything that a pizza joint could give me, with much less calories.This is for a personal pan-sized pizza. Double it if you want it for a larger size.

  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of yeast
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • for kneading, another 1/4th of flour

I put the ingredients into the bowl – in that order, but mixing up the dry ingredients up before pouring in the water and oil. Let this sit for about an hour.

At this point, I pre-heat my oven for 250 degrees. On whatever surface I’m letting my pizza bake, I use about a half teaspoon (no more than a whole teaspoon, though) of extra virgin olive oil, and smear it all over the pan/aluminum foil. Just to make sure my pizza doesn’t stick. I then sit the pan inside of the oven, so that the heat can help the oil spread more.

I then spread a little big of the extra flour on the counter area where I’ll be kneading the dough, making sure the surface is covered pretty well. Some parts of the dough might be sticky, and the flour just helps to prevent that. I dump the dough out on top of all that, and basically knead it around the same way you see on TV. I use my hands, though. I’m old school.

After I knead it into a long roll, I ball it up into a ball and work the dough over one last time, with the final result being one big ball. I grab the oiled pan, and lift the temperature to 350. I take my pizza dough, drop it in the center of the pan and while working from the center, I start to spread it out into pizza formation. (Sorry, I’ve got girly manicured nails – no way I could successfully toss dough!)

Grab your sauce, your toppings, and voilà! Throw it in the oven, give it about a half an hour or so. I’m impatient, I check on mine like every ten minutes like I’ve never had pizza or cooked before. How crunchy or soft the crust is depends upon you. You’ll have to play with your options.

That’s my two slices of green pepper and onion pizza that my daughter left me, because she definitely debo’d me for the first half. I couldn’t even get a picture of the pizza before she stuck me for my slices. Hopefully, you won’t have a greedy toddler robbing your for yours.

Best of luck, and bon appetit!

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By | 2017-06-10T11:21:53+00:00 December 12th, 2014|Recipes|24 Comments

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The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes food and fitness, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also certified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because she likes having alphabet soup at the end of her name.


  1. Tracy January 9, 2010 at 12:23 PM - Reply

    Seriously?! That’s it?! I’ll be trying this next week. This makes a quick and easy meal for when I’m in the mood for pizza.

  2. Kelly January 11, 2010 at 4:11 PM - Reply

    I won’t be buying Trader Joe’s dough anymore! On that note, I made my own pasta today for the first time (covered it with my own sauce too!) Came out a bit thick and could have used some salt but you couldn’t tell me nothin!! I was so proud to have eaten something that I pretty much made(‘cept for the parm/romano cheese sprinkling on top). Thanks for all your encouragement.

    -Kelly B.

    • Danielle October 12, 2011 at 12:48 PM - Reply

      Kelly, that’s awesome!

  3. Sibyl January 26, 2010 at 9:33 PM - Reply

    I made the pizza dough and sauce tonight for dinner. Not only was it really good…it was sooooo easy to make. I was so excited that I posted a picture of the finished product on facebook…lol

    Thank you very much for sharing.

  4. Carol September 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM - Reply

    Erika –

    I LOVE your site! Thank you for all of the information and inspiration!Congratulations on your journey!
    Back to the subject of recipes…
    Would love the recipe for that phyllo dough pizza…

  5. Jessena December 4, 2011 at 4:39 PM - Reply

    This has changed my life…lol! Thank you!!!

  6. Jessena December 10, 2011 at 8:33 PM - Reply

    My husband and I are eating this pizza as I type….THANK YOU SO MUCH…it is absolutely delicious…never buying pizza dough again…lol!

  7. Madeline February 15, 2012 at 10:53 PM - Reply

    What do you think about using a piece of flatbread/pita bread as the base instead?

    • Erika Nicole Kendall February 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM - Reply

      Great way to make a quick and easy pizza. Kind of a thick and chewy dough, though. LOL Totally worth a shot. I think you’ll like it.

  8. Madeline February 17, 2012 at 3:32 AM - Reply

    It actually turned out delicious and crispy. awesome! I hate thick based pizza so it was perfect for me

  9. SpecialK August 24, 2012 at 9:11 PM - Reply

    Erika this dough was amazing! I used it to make barbecue chicken pizza. Now I will turn my up nose at store-bought pizza (like I do almost every processed food) because I know I can cook a tastier, healthier version. Thanks!

  10. Joi September 7, 2012 at 6:18 PM - Reply

    This pizza dough recipe was so good. I made it on Sunday, my four daughters ate it all (3x the recipe to make 2 medium sized pizzas). The veggie and cheese was almost gone in a matter of minutes, they even ate the crust, and they never eat the crust. I had to hide some away for lunch the next day. Its now Friday, and they begged me to make it again, which I am! Thanks!

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