Pizza Margherita! (CONTEST IS CLOSED)

Today our new book is finally available and we couldn’t be happier to welcome Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day into our happy family. We are so excited for you to get baking from it, so we’re posting one of our favorite doughs from the book. I have to admit it took us a while to decide which one to share, since our favorite seems to change with our moods. This Olive Oil Dough is fantastic for a thin crust, a thick crust and so many of our worldly flatbreads. No matter the technique you decide to try, you’ll love the results.

We like to make the classic Pizza Margherita, it’s the ultimate in Italian toppings. In fact, the colors resemble the Italian flag and the pizza was named for the Italian queen, Margherita, because she fell in love with it. Nothing but tomato, mozzarella, fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil. So pure and so tasty.

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Pizza Margherita

Olive Oil Dough from Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day:

3 1/4 cups lukewarm water

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon Yeast

1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons Kosher salt

2 tablespoons sugar

7 1/2 cups (scoop and sweep) unbleached all-purpose flour

Marinara sauce, olive oil, fresh mozzarella and basil | Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day


1/3 cup tomato (Sauce recipe p. 109 or drain diced tomato straight from the can)

3 ounces Fresh Mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

Fresh Basil

Olive oil for drizzling over the top before baking

Pinch of salt

Flour, cornmeal or parchment for the pizza peel

To make the dough: Use our dump and stir method of mixing the dough in a 5-quart Container with Lid, using a Danish Dough Whisk or wooden spoon. Then cover the container, not airtight and let it rest for about 2 hours on the counter. The dough can then be used right away, but it is much easier to handle once it has been thoroughly chilled. The dough can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks!

To make the pizza:

Preheat your oven to the highest setting, which will be 500 to 550°F, with a pizza stone in the bottom 1/3 of the oven. Depending on the thickness of your stone this can take between 20 and 40 minutes.

Pizza Dough | Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Pull out an 8-ounce piece of dough from your bucket and quickly form it into a ball, no more than 30 seconds of work. Let it sit on the counter while you gather your toppings.

Rolled out pizza dough | Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Roll the ball out into a 1/8-inch-thick round. If the ball is resisting just let it sit for about 5 minutes and it will relax and allow you to work with it.

Building a Pizza Margherita | Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Sprinkle a Pizza Peel with flour. Spread the tomato over the dough.

Building a Pizza Margherita | Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Place the chunks of cheese over the sauce and drizzle with the olive oil.

Pizza Margherita fresh from the oven | Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Check for doneness in about 8 to 10 minutes, turn the pizza around if it seems to be browning on one side more than the other. It may take up to 5 more minutes.

Slicing Pizza Margherita | Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Let the pizza cool slightly, so the cheese can set a little before cutting with a Pizza Cutter. This is best done on a cooling rack if you want to keep a crisp bottom crust.

801 thoughts to “Pizza Margherita! (CONTEST IS CLOSED)”

  1. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. I’ve tried this recipe at least a dozen times and no matter how long I let the dough rest, it is very difficult to stretch and shrinks. Is it because all purpose flour in Canada is too high protein?

  2. Found your olive oil pizza dough on your web page.. I also have your book. My question is why the difference between book and web different book says 1 1/2 tab yeast and web says 1 tsb water book says 2 3/4 and web says 3 1/2 cups flour book 6 1/2 cups web 7 1/2 cups . confusing. I have many of your recipes and were delish.

    1. Over the many years of doing these books (15!), I’ve sometimes “scaled” the recipes differently to yield a more standard quantity of dough. All the recipes work as written, but I would say that you never have to use 1.5 T of yeast– 1.0 will work fine, and some readers preferred the flavor.

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