Basic Bread Dough

Total Time:
2 hr 20 min
20 min
2 hr


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 cups high gluten flour
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Place warm water in a warm mixing bowl and add yeast. Stir to dissolve and let stand 3 minutes. Add salt and sugar and stir through. Add flour and olive oil and mix, using hands until you can knead the dough without it sticking to your fingers. Add more water, if needed.

Wash and dry hands and remove ball to cutting board. Knead the dough, occasionally dusting with 1 teaspoon flour, until a firm, smooth homogenous ball is formed, about 15 minutes. Place ball of dough in a lightly oiled mixing bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm place until its size is doubled, about 2 hours. Punch down and divide into 2 pieces.

Dough is now ready for use.

This recipe is for a basic bread dough that's meant to be used in other applications. Therefore, there is no bake time for this particular recipe - rather, the bake time would change depending on how you choose to use this dough. For example, Mario's Calzone divides the dough into 2, stuffs it, and bakes at 400 degrees fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

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