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fluffy pizza dough

Fluffy Pizza Dough To Make Soft & Fluffy Homemade Pizza

Homemade soft & fluffy pizza dough is easy and delicious and perfect for soft, fluffy pizza crusts to make homemade pizzas with or without cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword soft pizza dough
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
dough resting time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 42 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 172kcal



To make the soft pizza dough

  • Add yeast and 2 tablespoons of sugar to the warm milk, stir well. Let this mixture sit (covered) for about 30 minutes until the mixture is very frothy.
  • Add the all purpose flour to a large bowl.
  • Also add the remaining one tablespoon of sugar and enough salt (adjust to your taste), mix well so the sugar and salt will evenly mix with the flour.
  • Add the prepared yeast mixture to the flour, mix everything well until all the flour is well mixed with the yeast mixture.
  • Also add the olive oil and mix the flour again to blend the oil evenly with the flour mixture.
  • Knead well using your hands for about two minutes and you will get a very sticky dough.
  • Add more dough to the flour mixture, little by little, so you can form the soft but slightly sticky pizza dough.
  • Cover the bowl and let it sit for about 3 hours of time so the dough will rise nicely.
  • Once the dough has risen enough, let's work on the dough to make the pizza crust.

To make the pizza crusts:

  • Divide the dough into two equal portions, and trasfer the first portion of dough to the work space. The work space should be flat & dusted with little flour so you can easily work on the crust.
  • Knead the pizza dough (the first portion), and add a little oil if needed. Also add little flour as needed as the dough becomes sticky when you work on it.
  • Slowly stretch the dough with your hands to form the pizza crust. If the dough breaks of become sticky to handle, add little more flour and then using your hands you can press on the dough to stretch it.
  • Use flour little by little as needed, to work with the pizza crust.
  • If needed, you may use a rolling pin but its really not necessary as the soft pizza dough will be very stretchy.
  • Once stretched enough to form the pizza crust, you can add the sauce, toppings like veggies of your choice (I like to use corn, sliced paneer etc other than the usual toppings as kids like them).
  • Then add shredded cheese like mozzarella or mexican blend or any of your favorite cheese for pizza (I sometimes make pizza using this dough without cheese by using just the saue & toppings and its still very delicious as the crust itself is very soft, fluffy & delicious).

To bake pizza

  • Preheat oven to 500 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Since I do not have a pizza stone as of now, I like to use a large baking sheet lined with foil, on which I place the prepared pizza crust.
  • Bake the pizza for about 12 minutes until the pizza crust begins to brown lightly on the edges.
  • Once baked, immediately transfer from the hot oven and let it cool down a bit and slice the pizza while its still warm, serve & enjoy!
  • Once the first pizza is baked, you can work on the second half of the pizza dough by following the same steps.

To bake in cast iron skillet (optional)

  • This pizza dough is soft and rises well and it can be baked easily in a cast iron skillet too.
  • It took more time for me to bake the pizza in the skillet though. It took about 20 minutes to completely bake.
  • Since the pizza baked in a skillet will have a thicker crust, you can use a toothpick (just like you do in cakes) to see if the inside is cooked or not. If the toothpick inserted at the center of the crust comes out clean, its done!


Notes: The amount of extra flour you will need to make the pizza dough will depend on many factors. We just need to start with about ½ cup flour at a time and knead well and see if its enough.
If not, add half cup more flour (or about ¼ cup) dependng on the consistency of the dough.
Keep in mind that we are making a sticky dough anyways and we will have to add little more flour when we stretch the dough to make the pizza crust.


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg