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Lazy Pizza Dough

Break out your pizza stone! This pizza dough can be prepared either 22, 12 or 6 hours in advance.

My mom got me a pizza stone a while back, and I’ve never used it to make a pizza completely from scratch. It was great for Garlic Naan and for heating up leftover/frozen pizza, but how had I never made my own pizza dough to bake on this beauty?

Lazy Pizza Dough

Deb over at Smitten Kitchen had exactly the recipe that I was looking for. I’ve made this super simple crust twice now, and both times it has been wonderful! It gets nice and crispy on the pizza stone, and looked absolutely beautiful.

I topped my pizza with some jarred pizza sauce, tore some fresh mozzarella over that and drizzled a little extra virgin olive oil over everything. After baking, I scattered fresh basil leaves on top and served it. I can’t wait to try out more topping combinations, too!

My Italian husband was majorly impressed 🙂

3 cups (375 grams) all-purpose flour (bread flour works too)
Slightly heaped 1/8, 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast (for Overnight, All-Day, or Part-Day Schedules respectively, above)
1 1/2 teaspoons sea or kosher salt
1 1/4 cup water, plus an additional tablespoon or two if needed

Head to Smitten Kitchen for the full recipe.

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Katie

    My husband said, “wow! This is a keeper!” The crust was so nice and crispy. I did use the preheated stones, which I am guessing, helped. It was very simple and I was pleased with how well the crust held together while I was “letting it drop” from my hands. Thanks, Ashley!

    • Ashley

      I haven’t personally tried that but I’m pretty sure you use pizza dough for calzone also, so I think it would!

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