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.


Alyssa Rivers

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. 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!

    1. 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. 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!

  6. This looks like an easy crust to put together, especially on weekdays. Would it be a problem if I used instant yeast? I Instant yeast is all I use since I found it!! No more waiting, just mix up the other ingredients and go!!

    Instant yeast would be a great thing to teach your readers about!! Once they use it they will never go back!!😀

  7. It worked great thank you so much for the tips and information I also love baking so it is fun to read your blog and I have tried almost all of your recipes and shared them with my family, and they loved them all.
    Thank you!

  8. I was visiting friends night and they made the cinnamon pizza it was great. They showed me where to find your recipes and I have been reading them all afternoon, can’t decide what to cook.

  9. i love this recipe! i use it all the time. i just shared it again when friends showed up for dinner. we (my 9 year old and i) made another batch really quick and made extra pizza. this recipe is a life saver.

  10. Please define warm water. I have never been able to make bread that rose much or wasn’t hard. What is warm to me may be too hot for the yeast, or may be too cold. Could you please be more specific for me? Thanks so much!

  11. My grand daughter 7 yrs old, made pizza last night for dinner using your recipe. Grandma helped explain “sit & rest”. But she did everything else by herself. Best pizza. Thank you for teaching Healthy eating. It’s cheaper too.

  12. Just made this bread. It is amazing! I too have tried many recipes to be disappointed but you are right this easy and the best!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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