Basic Square Pan Pizza Dough Recipe (Sicilian-Style Dough)

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Note: To make without a stand mixer, combine flour, salt, yeast, and olive oil in a large bowl. Whisk to combine, then add water. stir together vigorously with a wooden spoon until homogeneous, about 3 minutes. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rest at room temperature for at least 8 hours and up to 15. Continue with step 2 as directed. For a basic topping, roughly puree 1 (28-ounce) can san marzano tomatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil and kosher salt to taste. Spread 2/3rds of sauce over pizza leaving a 1-inch border all around. Top with half pound grated mozzarella cheese and basil leaves. Drizzle with olive oil before baking and to with grated parmesan as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Recipe Facts



Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Active: 15 mins
Proofing Time: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 40 mins
Serves: 4 servings
Makes: 1 pie

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  • 17.5 ounces (500g, about 3 1/2 cups) all-purpose or bread flour

  • 0.35 ounce (10g, about 2 teaspoons) kosher salt

  • 0.18 ounce (5g, about 1 teaspoon) instant or RapidRise yeast

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided

  • 12.25 ounces (347g, about 1 1/2 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoons) water, room temperature


  1. Combine flour, salt, yeast, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in bowl of stand mixer (see note for mixer-free version). Whisk to combine. Add water to mixer and mix on medium speed until it comes together and no dry flour remains. Increase speed to medium-high and mix until the dough is stretchy and smooth, about 6 minutes. The dough should stick to the bottom of the bowl but pull away from the sides.

  2. Pour remaining olive oil into rimmed baking sheet and spread over entire inner surface with hands. Transfer dough to 13- by 18-inch rimmed baking sheet and rub top surface with oil until thoroughly coated. Cover with baking sheet with plastic wrap and allow to rise at room temperature until dough has spread out to touch nearly each rim of baking sheet, about 2 hours.

  3. 30 minutes before baking, adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 550°F. Carefully remove plastic wrap from pizza dough. Using oiled hands and being as gentle as possible to maintain air bubbles, push and stretch the dough into the corners of the pan by pressing out from the center and lifting each corner and stretching it beyond the edge of the pan. It should pull back until the pan is just filled with dough.

  4. Top pizza as desired (see note) and bake until bottom is crisp and top surface is bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes total. Allow to cool at room temperature for 5 minutes.

Special Equipment

Stand mixer, 13- by 18-inch rimmed baking sheet

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
694 Calories
29g Fat
91g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 694
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 976mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 91g 33%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 137mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)