Perfect Every Time Pizza or Calzone Dough


This calzone pizza dough is ready in a snap; my kids love it! My dear chef friend Darrin Gleason shared this recipe with me over ten years ago while attending college. It has been a go-to recipe for my family for all these years, and I thought I should share it with my cooking community.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 medium calzones


  • ½ cup lukewarm water

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting


  1. Mix together 1/2 cup lukewarm water and yeast in a small bowl. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

  2. Combine 1/2 cup water, olive oil, honey, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 cup flour and mix well. Mix yeast mixture into flour mixture. Add remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough is well combined.

  3. Knead dough on a floured work surface until dough is soft, smooth, and elastic, about 8 minutes. Roll dough into 4 calzone shapes or 1 large pizza.


The dough should be as "soft as a horse's nose" after kneading.

To Make Calzone or Pizza:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Fill the dough with your favorite ingredients, or if used as a pizza crust, top with your favorite toppings. Bake in the preheated oven until crust is lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

438 Calories
8g Fat
81g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 438
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 296mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 81g 29%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 142mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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