Basic Pizza Dough
Makes 2 (14-inch) pizzas
  • 1¼ cups warm water (105° to 110°)
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 (0.25-ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 4 cups bread flour, divided
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together 1¼ cups warm water, molasses, and yeast. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, stir together 3½ cups flour, 2 tablespoons oil, and salt. Add yeast mixture, and beat at low speed until dough comes together. Increase speed to medium-low, and beat for 5 minutes, adding enough remaining ½ cup flour until a soft dough forms and pulls away from side of bowl.
  3. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°) until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Cut dough in half and shape into 2 balls. Lightly cover with plastic wrap and use immediately, or wrap tightly in plastic wrap, place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 4 months.
Recipe by Taste of the South at