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How To Make My Favorite Pizza Dough With a Bread Machine

I am so excited to share How To Make My Favorite Pizza Dough With a Bread Machine with you. We have been using this recipe in our family for years. The recipe is written for a bread machine but you can mix it up in your stand mixer or even by hand if you prefer.

My Favorite Pizza Dough--slice of pizza on a serving utensil

A few years ago, I worked for a major pizza chain in their research and development department.  After I saw how much oil goes in the bottom of their pizza pans, I decided to make myself going forward.  This recipe is good for thick or thin pizza. It also makes delicious focaccia.

I love to make pizza dough in my bread machine using the dough cycle.  If I put it on the timer function, it will be ready to make out into pizza the moment I walk in the door from work.

Once the dough cycle of your bread machine has completed, dump the dough out of the bread machine pan onto a lightly floured surface. Then follow the 6 steps below to put together your pizza.

6 Easy Steps for Assembling a Basic Pizza

  1. Divide dough in half and make into ball shapes.
  2. Allow dough to rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Use your fingers/hands to spread dough to the edges of a liberally-greased pizza pan.
  4. Add sauce of your choice. Be sure you can still see a little bit of the crust through the sauce.
  5. Sprinkle cheese over the top, all the way to the edge. Don’t go overboard with the cheese or it will be difficult to completely bake the crust in the middle.
  6. Add toppings of choice to your pizza. Again, don’t go overboard with the toppings for the same reason listed in step #5.

I’ve included nutritionals. However, without knowing about your choice of toppings and the amount, these numbers are just a place to start.

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My Favorite Pizza Dough

My Favorite Pizza Dough

Yield: 2 round crusts (16 slices)
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

My Favorite Pizza Dough is made in a bread machine (although easily converted to a stand mixer recipe or by hand) and is simple enough for a beginner to make.


  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups bread flour (If you use all-purpose flour- you may need to add up to 1/4 cup extra)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons fast-rising or bread machine yeast


  1. Place ingredients in bread machine in order given. Run through dough cycle.
  2. When dough has risen, remove from bread pan to floured surface and divide in 2 pieces. Spray a heavy pizza pan with olive oil. Push and cajole pizza to desired thinness with your hands. Using a rolling pin tends to make the dough compact. If dough is resistant to stretching, let it sit and relax for a few minutes then come back to it.
  3. Layer sauce first (don't overdo it), cheese and then meat or vegetables. Watch the amounts. Excess toppings will cause your pizza to take too long to bake and may result in a soggy middle. Bake in oven that has been preheated to 450 degrees. Let cool for 2-3 minutes before slicing.


Directions for making bread with a stand mixer or by hand:

  • To make this recipe in a heavy-duty stand mixer, add ingredients to the bowl in the same order. Turn on low to mix until all ingredients are moistened. Using dough hook, turn speed to 2 or 3 and continue beating/kneading until dough becomes smooth and elastic, about 5-10 minutes. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place. Deflate dough gently and shape rolls as indicated in recipe.
  • If making by hand, combine all ingredients into a shaggy ball in a large bowl. Turn dough out on a floured surface and knead with your hands until dough becomes smooth and elastic, a process that will likely take 10-20 minutes depending on your experience. Place dough ball into a greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise until double. Deflate dough gently and shape rolls as indicated in recipe
  • Please note: You can substitute active dry yeast for instant or bread machine yeast. There is no longer any need to dissolve it. Be aware that it may be a little slower acting than instant yeast, but it'll get there.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 2 slices
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 134mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

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Monday 17th of February 2020

Putting cheese ? BEFORE toppings definitely did the magic of ‘holding down’ the toppings to the pizza base ?????? Thank you for the tip ???

I also tried baking with heavily oiled tray, but not able to get the bottom crust crunchy ? will try more oil next round, or add a piece of baking paper (for easier washing ?).


Tuesday 18th of February 2020

Hi Ju,

Are your pans heavy and dark-colored? That helps a lot. It's very difficult to accomplish "crispy" with a light-colored pan, a light-weight, or an aluminum pan. Thanks for writing.


Monday 10th of June 2019

How long do you bake it for?


Tuesday 11th of June 2019

The answer is variable. It really depends on your toppings--what they are and how much. The type of pan you are using can also have a large bearing. I preheat to 450 degrees, then turn back to 425 degrees F to bake. It usually takes 12-15 minutes but since I don't measure the toppings, the time can vary.

Marijane Call

Thursday 23rd of July 2015

Want to try your recipe. I do NOT have a bread machine -- I have a Bosch. Could I get this recipe for a Bosch instead of bread machine? Thank you so much.


Friday 17th of July 2015

Just like your recipe for dinner rolls in the bread machine, I LOVE this recipe. Super easy, ingredients I always have on hand (I especially like that you can use all-purpose flour instead), my family loves the flavor and so do I. Definitely a permanent fixture in my personal cookbook.

One question I have is, have you ever tried to use the pizza dough the next day? Or freeze it even? Thanks!


Saturday 6th of June 2015

Best pizza recipe, thank you so much for this recipe!