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Fabulous Pizza Dough and Stromboli Recipe

Course Pizza Dough and/or Stromboli
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Joyful Homemaking


  • 2 1/2 cups warm not hot water
  • 1 Tablespoon or one packet of yeast
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt now others in my family use more like 2 tsp. but I prefer less salt
  • Put water yeast, sugar, oil and salt in a large bowl and let set for 5-10 minutes so the yeast gets started.
  • Then add about 5 1/2 cups of white flour


  • Stir with a spoon and see if it is still too wet; if it is, add 1/2 cup more flour. Then use your hands to mix the dough.
  • If it is still sticky add 1/4 cup of flour till you have a slightly "dry" dough.
  • Knead for a couple of minutes and then form into a ball.
  • Pour a tablespoon of oil into the bowl, and use the dough to oil the sides of the bowl.
  • (You can use your mixer dough hook and mix the dough instead, but I prefer doing it by hand, because I think it makes the crust nice and light.)
  • Then cover with a towel and put in a warm non drafty spot, and let raise for 1 1/2 hours.

  • For pizza: Spread dough in pizza pans. This amount will make 2 large thick crust pizzas or 3 thin crust pizzas.
  • After spreading dough out, let it sit and raise again for an hour. Then top with sauce, toppings and cheese, and then bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown on top and bottom.

  • For stromboli: After the first rising, divide dough in two. You can make two large strombolis or one stromboli and one pizza.
  • Spread out the dough on a rectangle pizza pan.

    Stromboli filling options: Pesto sauce, chicken and cheese, ham and cheese, pepperoni and cheese, chicken and cheese, Italian sausage and cheese, any combination that sounds good to you.

  • Spread out your ingredients of choice. Pepperoni and cheese are our favorites.
  • Now you are ready to roll the dough.
  • Roll the dough lengthwise tucking in the ingredients. When it's all rolled up, seal the edges.
  • Turn roll so the seal is on the bottom. Let raise for 30 minutes.
  • Brush on top a mixture of:
  • /4 cup melted butter
  • Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • /2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 25minutes or until golden brown, and sounds hollow if you tap on it with your fingernail.
  • Let cool for about 5 minutes before slicing.
  • To make rolls:
  • After the first dough rising, pinch off pieces of dough in ping pong ball sizes, roll and shape into knots. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Let raise again for 30 minutes to an hour. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for around 15 to 20 minutes or till golden. Brush with melted butter and enjoy.