Recipe: Basic pizza dough

Recipe: Basic pizza dough
(Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)

Total time:

20 minutes plus overnight rising time and 1 hour resting time



Makes 2 pizzas, about 10 inches in diameter

1 cup warm water

1 packet ( 1/4 ounce) active dry yeast

Generous pinch of sugar

1 tablespoon best-quality olive oil

About 2 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1. Put the water,

yeast and sugar in a large bowl and set aside for 5 minutes, until it begins to foam. (If it doesn't, discard and start over with new yeast.)

2. Stir in the olive oil

and 1 cup of flour and mix until incorporated. Then add the salt and the second cup of flour, stirring with a spoon or spatula.

3. Turn out the dough

onto a floured board or, if your bowl is large and shallow enough, just knead it in the bowl. Knead the dough, incorporating the rest of the flour as needed, until it's smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.


4. Put the dough

into a clean, well-oiled bowl, turning to lightly coat the top of the dough with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator overnight.

5. The next day

— about an hour and a half before you want your pizza — take the dough out of the refrigerator, punch it down and divide it into two balls. Lightly coat the dough with olive oil, cover with plastic, and let it rest on the counter for an hour.

6. After an hour,

using your fingers, spread each ball of dough into a 10-inch disk on top of a piece of parchment paper. The edges should be half an inch thick, and the centers should be about a quarter-inch thick. Assemble your pizzas.

Each serving:

107 calories; 3 grams protein; 20 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 1 gram fat; 0 saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 141 mg. sodium.