The Best Pizza Dough

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Pizzzaaaa! I think there’s hardly anyone who does not like pizza, right ?! ? Especially if it’s homemade, pizza tastes best! And if the dough is also really nice thick and fluffy (“American Style”), then I could really get into it!

Homemade pizza really tastes the best!

Sometimes I also make a easy ‘spelt pizza‘ or if I want only vegetables I make a gluten-free low-carb ‘cauliflower pizza‘. Usually, I have always prepared yeast dough in the freezer. So I can easily defrost it, when I crave pizza. The dough is namely perfect for freezing. For example, if I want to eat a pizza at lunchtime, you can just take it out of the freezer in the morning and let it thaw at room temperature. Really handy, right ?! ? In addition, I can always top it as desired and individual taste. For example, classic Italian with fresh tomatoes and olives or in a green version with garlic, spinach, and vegan non-dairy cheese. If you are not vegan, you can of course also use dairy cheese.

“American” pizza dough – thick and fluffy!

Yeast is needed to make the pizza dough really thick and fluffy. For the preparation of yeast dough, yeast is first dissolved in water and a bit of sugar. Then the water and the yeast are mixed with oil, salt and flour. Next, the dough is kneaded well on a floured work surface and allowed to rise on a warm place. The yeast likes it cuddly and needs heat to work. Incidentally, if you prefer baking the dough next day, you can simply store it in the fridge after one hour.

How to make a crispy pizza!

If you want a crispy pizza, a pizza stone is perfect. It extracts moisture from the dough when baking, which makes the pizza particularly crispy. Simply preheat the pizza stone in the oven and place the pizza directly on top for baking. If you don‘t have a pizza stone, you can also heat a baking tray at highest heat on the floor of your oven. But for baking the pizza you should place the baking tray with the pizza on top on the middle rail.

So if you fancy a homemade thick and fluffy “American” pizza, then this recipe might be just what you are looking for!

If you tried the recipe, I would appreciate a comment. You can also post a picture on Instagram and link it to @biancazapatka, so I can see your great creations. ?

The Best Pizza Dough

The perfect recipe for a thick, fluffy and crunchy "American Pizza"! This homemade pizza dough is also great for freezing.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Basics, Lunch & Dinner, Main Course
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 pizzas
Author: Bianca Zapatka


  • 500 g of flour
  • 20 g of fresh yeast (1/2 cube)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 350 ml lukewarm water (* see recipe notes)
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil


  • Mix water, yeast and sugar first and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Then mix flour with salt in a large bowl. Press a hollow in the center, fill in olive oil and knead in from the edge with some flour.
  • Add the yeast mixture and knead the dough well, at least 10 minutes. Then set the dough aside for about 10 minutes and knead well again with your hands. Cover the dough and leave to stand for at least an hour in a warm place.
  • For 2 pizzas divide the dough into two parts and let stand again for about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven with the pizza stone (or baking tray) at the highest heat (my oven makes 250 degrees Celsius).
  • Strech the dough on a floured work surface (it should be under 1,5 cm thick).
  • Then top with toppings as desired, sprinkle the crust with a bit of olive oil if you like and bake on the pizza stone or on a greased baking tray for about 8-10 minutes.
  • Enjoy! 🙂


  • If you want a softer dough, you can use (plant-based) milk instead of water.
  • You can store the dough in the fridge for about 12 hours.
  • You can also wrap the dough in cling foil and freeze.


The perfect recipe for a thick, fluffy and crunchy "American Pizza"! This homemade pizza dough is also great for freezing.



  1. Avatar 26. April 2018 / 2:45

    Now all I want is pizza after seeing this! The pizza dough sounds so amazing!

    • Bianca Zapatka 27. April 2018 / 18:08

      Thank you, Jess! Would love to make you a pizza ? the recipe is really super simple and I love it! ? Maybe you‘ll try it.
      Much love,
      Bianca ❤️

  2. Avatar 26. April 2018 / 23:28

    I love how easy this pizza dough recipe seems! And it looks so fluffy yet crispy. Perfect combo!

    • Bianca Zapatka 27. April 2018 / 18:06

      Hi Nisha, thank you ?
      It’s really my favorite pizza dough recipe!
      I have always a batch in my freezer ?
      Have a great day!?

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    28. April 2018 / 10:40

    This dough is amazing, Bianca! I’ve never had any problems with your recipes, which is not always the case with other bloggers, unfortunately. I’m always reluctant when it comes to yeast, as I’m afraid the dough won’t grow or that something will go wrong, but with this recipe everything went smoothly ?I loved the result and I’m sure I’ll be making it again.

    • Bianca Zapatka 1. May 2018 / 12:00

      Hi Zaneta,
      I‘m so happy to read that you like my recipe so much!?
      Thank you so much for your feedback!
      So glad that you liked the pizza ?
      Have a great day!
      Bianca ?❤️

  4. Avatar 30. April 2018 / 16:05

    Oh honey, you made me drool and crave your pizza after looking at your seductively gorgeous pizza shots! Homemade pizza in the best indeed! Have a great day my dear friend.

    • Bianca Zapatka 1. May 2018 / 12:02

      Hi Tania,
      Thank you so much for your feedback!
      This pizza recipe is really my absolute favorite!???
      Have a great day!?
      Much love,
      Bianca ?❤️

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    6. June 2018 / 20:33

    It looks so good!! could you also write what you put on top of the tomato pizza?

    • Bianca Zapatka 8. June 2018 / 12:20

      Thank you Sofie ?
      I topped this pizza just with tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, olives, mushrooms and chopped garlic. I also sprinkled a bit of olive oil on top but you can also sprinkle vegan cheese on top.
      Much love,

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    18. June 2018 / 23:23

    Your recipes are great! Thank you so much dear! ??❤

    • Bianca Zapatka 22. June 2018 / 12:39

      Thank you for your feedback, Mitra!😊
      Much love,
      Bianca ❤️

  7. Avatar 5. August 2018 / 20:13

    I absolutely love this dough, I’ve made it a couple of times and it’s so damn good! Thanks for sharing!

    • Bianca Zapatka 6. August 2018 / 17:23

      Hi Andrea,
      So glad that you like the recipe 😊
      Thank you for your feedback!
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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    24. August 2018 / 19:05

    Can you do a whole-grain version?

    • Bianca Zapatka 25. August 2018 / 18:37

      Hi 😊
      You can try using wholegrain flour but it won’t be so fluffy and airy then because wholegrain flour is not so light.
      xoxo, Bianca ❤️

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    Sally Lockwood
    28. February 2019 / 21:33

    Thank you for the return mail.
    I got the pizza crust recipe. Thank you.
    Can you tell me what you put on the top of the beautiful spinach pizza? I love spinach anything. Your pictures are beyond beautiful.

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    1. March 2019 / 19:19

    Hello! I am making your amazing pizza tomorrow, but I have a question: do I have to use all purpose flour or strong flour?
    Thank you very much!

    • Bianca Zapatka 2. March 2019 / 20:27

      Hi Marta,
      I used all-purpose flour, but you could also use strong flour if you like.
      Have fun trying this recipe 🙂

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    1. April 2019 / 18:32

    This is basically the best and easiest pizza dough recipe! Done it two times and both were successful.
    Thank you so much for your recipes!

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    26. April 2019 / 22:37

    This was/is great. Easy to make and work with. Great taste with the honey. I likemy pizza super thin, so i actually was able to make a large and medium. A KEEPER

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