Pizza Dough


6-7 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons shortening
1 tablespoon of oil
2 packages regular or quick-acting active dry yeast
2 1/4 cups very warm water (120 to 130 degrees F.)


Mix 3 1/2 cups of the flour, the sugar, salt, shortening and yeast in a  large bowl.  Add warm water.  Beat on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently.  Beat on medium speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently.  Stir in remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, making dough easy to handle.
Knead for 5 minutes. 
Place tablespoon of cooking oil in bottom of large bowl.  Place dough in and flip over.  Let rise for 1 hour.
After an hour, punch down, divide into three equal parts and roll out for pizza dough.
Dough will make three pizzas (depending on how thick you want your crust.
Sprinkle teaspoon of corn meal in on pizza pan before putting dough on pizza stone or pizza pan.
Place pizza sauce, desired toppings, and cheese.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. (and if using pizza stone, preheat stone)  Cook for 10-12 minutes, depending on thickness of dough and toppings.

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Basic Pizza Dough I


  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour


In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes until it foams.
Stir the olive oil, salt, and 2 1/2 cups of the bread flour into the yeast mixture. Mix in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well.
When the dough has formed, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
Lightly oil a large mixing bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil.
Cover with a damp cloth and put in a warm place to rise until doubled in volume; about 1 hour.
Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal pieces and form into rounds.
Cover the rounds and let them rest for about 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into the desired shape, cover it with your favorite toppings and bake at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes or until the crust and cheese are golden brown.