Mastering the Art of Pizza Dough


Bronna Shapiro

Bronna Shapiro a marketing leader with over 25 years of experience. She enjoys cooking, reading, and learning new languages.

A Hands-On Experience

Pizza Dough Perfection

The pizza dough and proofing recipe is courtesy of the White Labs Brewing Pizza Making Test Kitchen Class.



Begin by adding all wet ingredients to the mixer bowl. Ensure the wet ingredients are added first.

Gradually add the flour (excluding salt) while mixing for approximately 1 minute. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure a basic incorporation of wet and dry ingredients. Avoid over-mixing at this stage.

Allow the mixture to rest for a minimum of 30 minutes.

With the mixer on low, incorporate the salt and mix for 6-8 minutes, or until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Remove the dough from the bowl and use a pastry cutter to divide it into four balls, each weighing around 9-10 ounces.
To achieve a smooth and shiny texture, fold the dough ball multiple times using your fingers. Rotate the ball as you fold, maintaining a gentle touch.
For uniformity, place the smooth and shiny side of the dough ball in your palm. Use your other hand to gently pinch and twist the opposite side to eliminate air pockets, resulting in a uniform ball.

Arrange the four dough balls on a sheet pan, ensuring there’s at least 2 inches of space between them. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and allow the dough to proof at room temperature for 1-2 hours.
Transfer the sheet pan to the refrigerator. While you can use the pizza dough the following day, the ideal flavor and texture develop after 3-4 days of refrigeration.

When ready to use the dough, remove it from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about an hour. Lightly coat the dough ball with a mixture of flour and spelt (or fine cornmeal).
Gently press your fingers into the dough, creating a ring about 1 inch from the edge. This forms a thicker crust at the pizza’s edges, leaving a flat, thinner portion for toppings.

With one hand cupped, position your palm just inside the 1-inch ring. Press down and, with the other hand, gently stretch, pull, and turn the dough four times.
Now, lift the dough in one hand and alternately slap it into your other hand, repeating this motion 4-5 times. Drape the dough over your knuckles and rotate it hand over hand. Gravity aids in stretching the dough, which should reach close to 10 inches in diameter. This process takes about a minute.

Avoid freezing the dough to preserve its quality and texture.