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This Fluffy and Crusty Pizza Dough Recipe provides a fluffy interior and crusty exterior which makes me come back to this pizza dough recipe. I can’t remember a time this dough recipe didn’t turn out when making pizza. It’s super quick to prepare and bakes away to fluffiness! 

I have a lot of pizza dough recipes that I enjoy but this one is easy, fluffy, and slightly crusty on the outside, which is what I like when making pizza. I’m assuming the baking powder contributes to the texture of the crust because when I make pizza dough without it, my pizza can get fluffy all around creating more of a bread-like texture than a classic crusty and fluffy slice of pizza.

Is pizza stone needed?

I must say that a pizza stone helps to achieve that kind of crust as well. But the good news is you can create a pizza stone right at home. I used two old cookie sheets that I placed upside down on the lower half of my oven. I then preheat the oven with them in it, creating a hot surface for the prepared pizza. This baking technique creates a nicely browned crust. I hope this may become your staple pizza dough recipe as this Fluffy & Crusty Pizza Dough Recipe is my current go-to recipe for pizza.

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pizza crust
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pizza dough ingredients

Ingredients for the Fluffy & Crusty Pizza Dough Recipe:

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/3 cup warm water

DIRECTIONS FOR BREAD MACHINE:

1.) To begin, add all the dry ingredients into the bread machine pan; add the oil, and then pour the warm water over. After that, set cycle to dough settings and allow the bread machine to do its thing. (My cycle was 1 hour and 30 minutes.)

NOTE: You will not detect the parmesan cheese or the garlic powder in the pizza dough but feel free to omit.

DIRECTIONS FOR STAND MIXER:

  • Dissolve the yeast in warm water and set aside.
  • Place the dry ingredients into the bowl of the mixer; add the oil.
  • Turn the mixer on low speed and slowly pour in the water/yeast mixture.
  • Knead the dough for 10 minutes. Cover and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour or until doubled.
  • Roll the dough out; top with toppings and allow another hour or so to rise before baking.
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2.) Cut out two (16″ wide) pieces of parchment paper. Place on a flat surface; dust with flour and set aside.

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3.) Once the dough cycle has finished (or when the dough has finished rising after kneading) transfer dough onto a floured surface.

4.) Cut the dough into two equal pieces and flip over. Take the ends of each piece and pinch together to form a ball.

pizza dough step 2

5.) Roll the dough out into an 11″-12″ circle. Transfer onto parchment paper; top with desired toppings and allow prepared pizzas to rise for 45 min.

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rolled out pizza dough

6.) Place two baking sheets upside down onto the bottom rack of the oven. Preheat the oven to 415 degrees F with the baking sheets inside. While the oven is preheating allow the dough to rise an additional 15 min (about  the time the oven preheats.)

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7.) Slide the parchment paper with the pizza on top onto a large tray or cutting board. Then carefully slide the parchment paper onto the preheated hot baking sheets and bake one pizza at a time for 14-16 minutes.

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baking pizza

8.) Remove the pizza by dragging the parchment paper onto a cutting board and slice.

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Fluffy Yet Crusty Pizza Dough Recipe

Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 pizzas
Author: Alyona’s Cooking
This Fluffy & Crusty Pizza Dough Recipe provides a fluffy interior and crusty exterior and that is what makes me come back to this pizza dough recipe. I can't remember a time this dough recipe didn't turn out when making pizza. It's super quick to prepare and bakes away to fluffiness!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/3 cup warm water

Instructions

  • Add all the dry ingredients into the bread machine pan; add the oil and then pour the warm water over. Set cycle to dough settings and allow the bread machine to do its thing. (My cycle was 1 hour and 30 minutes.)
  • DIRECTIONS FOR STAND MIXER: Dissolve the yeast in warm water and set aside. Place the dry ingredients into the bowl of the mixer; add the oil. Turn the mixer on low speed and slowly pour in the water/yeast mixture. Knead the dough for 10 minutes. Cover and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour or until doubled. Roll the dough out; top with toppings and allow another hour or so to rise before baking.
  • Cut out two (16" wide) pieces of parchment paper. Place on a flat surface; dust with flour and set aside.
  • Once the dough cycle has finished (or when the dough has finished rising after kneading) transfer dough onto a floured surface.
  • Cut the dough into two equal pieces and flip over. Take the ends of each piece and pinch together to form a ball.
  • Roll the dough out into an 11"-12" circle. Transfer onto parchment paper; top with desired toppings and allow prepared pizzas to rise for 45 min.
  • Place two baking sheets upside down onto the bottom rack of the oven. Preheat the oven to 415 degrees F with the baking sheets inside. While the oven is preheating allow the dough to rise an additional 15 min (about the time the oven preheats.)
  • Slide the parchment paper with the pizza on top onto a large tray or cutting board. Then carefully slide the parchment paper onto the hot baking sheets and bake one pizza at a time for 14-16 minutes.
  • Remove the pizza by dragging the parchment paper onto a cutting board and slice.

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1gCalories: 121kcalCarbohydrates: 18.9gProtein: 4.3gFat: 3.1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 198mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 0.6g

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35 comments

    • Hope

    why isnt my dough rising?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Hope, did you use warm water to activate the yeast?

    • Joannr

    Love this pizza dough. It’s foolproof!
    Q: i a,ways have some lef. tCan you make bread with the leftover dough?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Joannr, of coarse!

    • Par

    I dont have a bread machine. What is the procedure if kneading by hand?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Par, you can follow the procedure of the stand mixer instructions just knead it by hand.

    • Joanne

    Best pizza dough recipe I’ve ever tried. Easy, very fluffy and crusty just as Alyona promised. Made pizza bread yesterday with my leftover dough. Delish.
    https://youtu.be/o4ABOKdHEUs
    Thank you Alyona!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Joanne, I’m so glad to hear! Thanks for trying our pizza dough!

    • Amrit

    Can I use normal Bakers Yeast, if yes how much??? not able to find instant or active version nearby in this lockdown.

    Thanks,
    AC

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Amrit, the recipe calls for 1 1/2 teaspoons of dry yeast (bakers yeast.)

    • Faisal Jamil

    Tried many recipes but could not get the right fluffiness that I experience at pizza restaurants outside…until now. Wife loved it. Kids loved it. Definitely earned some great Dad Points 🙂

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      I’m glad to hear, Faisal! Thanks for giving our fluffy pizza dough a try. It’s been featured in Tasty Ultimate Cookbook as well!

    • Sue

    Can you make calzone with this recipe?
    And can you flavor with garlic butter?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Sue, absolutely!

    • Arnie

    Oh sorry one professional pizzeria said he ferment the for one or two hours then put in the fridge for 24 hours then he take the dough from fridge and makes pizza. He just put water never said cold water or warm he just added the water and all the other ingredients.But some pizzerias i have seen them say to add cold water to ferment the dough.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Arnie, cold water is good for fermenting slow, using warm water will activate the yeast and make it work faster and poof up fast.

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