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Found: The Perfect Easy Pizza Dough

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Found: The Perfect Easy Pizza Dough


Until the latest issue of Bon Appetit arrived in my mailbox last week, I was both a pizza addict and afraid of making pizza dough. Not a good combination at all! But, after taking the tips from the culinary masterminds behind Bon Appetit, I’ve conquered that ever-intimidating pizza dough! Check out this amazing recipe for (no-knead!) pizza dough from Jim Lahey.

Perfect Pizza Dough


  • 3 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt, finely ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast


1. Whisk ingredients with a wooden spoon. Add 1 1/2 cups water gradually and stir well until even. Gently form dough into a ball with your hands and transfer to a clean bowl.

2. Using plastic wrap, cover dough and let rise. This should be done at room temperature and will take around 18 hours. It’s ready when the dough’s size has about doubled and it’s surface is covered with small bubbles.

3. Flour work surface and move dough to begin gently shaping it into a rectangle-esque shape. You’ll want to divide it into three equally sized portions and work on each portion individually.

4. Create four folds by gathering the four corners together. Turn dough upside down and gently shape into a ball; dust with flour, set aside and work on remaining portions.

5. For about an hour, let the portions rest while covered in plastic wrap. When the dough is flexible and soft, it’s ready to be worked with!

For tips on making the pizzas, see next page!

See Also: Homemade Sriracha Sauce

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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11:10PM PST on Feb 10, 2014

Thanks for the recipe.

9:12PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

Wow - I'll have to try this soon.

6:42AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Thanks for the recipe!!! Pizza dough is the most important ingredient for a perfect Pizza!!!

3:20PM PST on Dec 2, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

definitely have to plan ahead for this one but it sounds super easy, thanks!

10:05AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Made this dough last weekend ... it is fantastic. Easy to handle, threw them on the grill for a little char. Perfect, everyone loved it!

7:06PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012


6:11PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Excellent! I'll try this.

2:43AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Thanks for this

8:26AM PST on Mar 8, 2012


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