Basic Pizza Dough

Making your own pizza dough is a labour of love.  If you’ve never tried it before, it will change the way you eat pizza forever.

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook time: 1 hour

Serves: 1 large or 2 small


1/2 cup warm water
2 tsp dried yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
1/2 cup water (maybe a little more)
1 tbsp olive oil


Combine the first measure of water, yeast and sugar.

Sit the mixture in a warm place for about 5 minutes until the yeast has activated and a thick foam has formed.

In a large bowl combine your yeast mixture with the salt, flour and herbs.

Gradually stir in the second measure of water and the oil, until you have a loose dough, if it’s a bit wet and sticky, sprinkle in a little more flour.

Once you have a rough ball, turn it out onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.

Basic Pizza Dough - Jax Hamilton Cooks

Place in a large greased bowl, cover and stand in a warm place until it has doubled in size – about 1 hour (a great time to put your feet up with a wine).

Remove from the bowl, knead until smooth, now you’re ready to make your pizza(s).