Quick and Easy Dough

Today I am sharing with you my favorite dough recipe in the whole entire world.  It is awesome.  Years ago, making dough intimidated me.  I would try a recipe and it wouldn’t raise right, or it just took to long and it was frustrating.  When I stumbled on this recipe I couldn’t wait to try it.   Instantly became my favorite recipe and let me tell you why!

The rest time is only about 20 minutes for this dough.  So within 30 minutes I can have my pizza or whatever I am making in the oven.  It is a great recipe for beginners because it is so easy.   And the taste is fantastic.   I use several recipes on my blog with this dough recipe.  Parmesan Bites with alfredo dip, Homemade Garlic Knots, Homemade Breadtwists, and I have my favorite pizza recipe and cinnamon roll breadtwist recipe coming your way!  They have all turned out perfect.  My boys beg me to make homemade pizza and breadtwists instead of ordering a pizza.  This is a dough recipe that you are going to want to keep in the archives and use over and over again.  It is incredible!

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Quick and Easy Dough
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  • 1½ cups warm water
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. yeast
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  1. Mix warm water, sugar and yeast together. Let that sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add flour and salt to the water, sugar, and yeast. Mix this until smooth and let it raise for 10 minutes. I used my kitchenaid mixer with the dough hook and it was so easy and worked great!
  3. Prepare the dough for what you will be making and let rest for another 10 minutes before putting into the oven.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  5. *If making a pizza, you can cut the dough recipe in half and make a thinner crust pizza and breadtwists. That is what we like to do.



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I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I came across your website today and some of your stuff looks amazing. It has been too long since I’ve made pizza at home and I’m excited to try this dough. Bookmarking your website for later.

  2. maria rosaria says:

    what kind of yeast do you use? It seems all very interesting! Thanks!

  3. I’m always looking for a good dough recipe! Pinned!

  4. Oh, I am so giving this a try. So many of my attempts at dough have ended up in the trashcan. The Zucchini bars were awesome also!

  5. How much dough does this recipe make?

    • It makes one big 12 inch thicker crust pizza or two smaller pizzas. We divide the recipe in half and make a thinner crust 12 inch pizza and breadtwists. 🙂

  6. April Kegley says:

    Can you make this gluten free?

  7. Would it still work If I added rosemary to make bread rolls? Thanks x

  8. Can I use Bread Flour instead of All Purpose flour for this recipe? If so, how much yeast do I need? Thanks 🙂

  9. Does it need to rise?

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!
    This dough is effortless and so versatile. I have a party coming up and would like to find out if I can make this dough in advance, and if I can store them in the freezer just in case.

  11. I do not have a mixer. How long would you knead this for?

  12. I’ve been looking for an easy dough recipe I could use with my kids. This recipe works great. I added a little extra sugar and cinnamon to it so we could bake some apples pockets, instead of regular bread twist we made cinnamon and brown sugar bread bites. Perfect recipe for so many uses. Thank you for sharing your recipe, it’s awesome.

  13. I recently discovered (via another website, which I don’t recall right now) using lots of yeast to shorten the rise times. Turns out if you feed it (sugar), the rise times are great – 10-20 minutes first time, 5-10 second time. And the bread does not come out yeasty at all.
    I don’t have a mixer, so I mix about a third of the flour into the yeast mix (after first sitting), and mix that with a wooden spoon to a consistency of oatmeal. Then mix the crap out of it to get the gluten going. Finally add the rest of the flour, some at a time, until I like the dough consistency.
    Try it! It works great!
    Thanks for this recipe! My prior one used 3 Tbsp of yeast!!

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