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Easy Hand-Knead Dough Recipe

Prep Time 10 mins
Rising Time 1 hr 30 mins


  • 1 1/2 Cups Warm Water
  • 2 1/4 Tsps Dry Active Yeast
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 3-4 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil


  • Add warm water to a large metal bowl. You want it to be somewhere between 68° to 81°F because anything hotter than that could kill your yeast. If the water feels hot on your wrist, it's probably too hot for the yeast.
  • Add salt to the water.
  • Add yeast and stir. Allow the yeast to dissolve completely in the water for approximately 2-4 minutes.
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  • Add flour to the water mixture 1/2 cup at a time and stir with a wooden spoon.
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  • Continue stirring until the mixture just starts to come together. I usually get to this point after about 2 cups of flour.
    Hand-Knead Dough Prep
  • Start working the dough by hand, adding small quantities of flour as needed until you reach a consistency that is not sticky (think Playdough). Be careful not to add too much flour or your dough will become tough, making it difficult to rise. I do not overwork my dough, I turn and knead it in the same bowl and once it feels right, I stop. This usually takes about 4 minutes but you can knead up to 10 minutes depending on the texture... You really can't over-knead dough by hand. 
    Hand-Knead Dough Prep
  • Remove the dough from your bowl and wipe the bowl clean. Add some olive oil and work it around the bowl until coated. Add the dough back into the bowl.
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  • Cover with saranwrap and a cloth. Let stand in a warm area for approximately 1-2 hours until it has risen sufficiently. I like to put my dough in the oven to rise but be sure you don't turn it on while your dough is in there!
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  • Viola! You're done!
    Hand-Knead Dough