Beginner's Guide to Making Pizza Dough

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We have created a collection of videos featuring our delightful Babadoh duo - Erol and his daughter Kate. Join Kate on her exciting dough-making journey through these videos on our social media channels and master the art of pizza making with her.

Download our comprehensive guide covering everything you need to know - from ingredients and equipment to hydration, bulk proving, balling, and stretching techniques. Explore a step-by-step breakdown of each process in our Learn Blog.

What do you need to make pizza dough?

Basic equipment

Don't rush out and buy all the latest pizza gadgets (or at least not to begin with...) You only need a few basics to get started. 

  • Dough scraper
  • Dough cutter
  • Large bowl
  • Measuring scales
  • Measuring jug
  • Tea towel
  • A pizza stone for your oven

  • More equipment

    When you fancy taking your pizza making game more seriously, you might want to invest in a few of these.

  • A stand mixer
  • Digital scales
  • A pizza oven
  • Dough proofing containers
  • A thermometer to measure the temperature of your oven
  • Pizza peels

  • Ingredients

    For a very basic pizza dough, you only need 4 ingredients! That's it.

    • 560g lukewarm water
    • 900g '00' pizza flour
    • 9g fresh yeast of 4g instant dry yeast
    • 30g salt

    To calculate other quantities, we wouldn't be without PizzaApp or download our dough bible with a list of quantities of the key ingredients to make dough under varying temperature and hydration conditions.

    Make your dough

    • Add the yeast to the lukewarm water and stir. Leave for 5 minutes.
    • Add the flour to the bowl of your stand mixer with a dough attachment.
    • Turn on the mixer to the lowest speed setting, and slowly pour in the water/yeast mixture. Make sure all the yeast is used.
    • Continue mixing for around 5-7 minutes until the dough starts to look smooth. This is kneading; if you prefer you could knead by hand.

    Watch Kate make dough!

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