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Hi Bold Bakers!

Recently, I shared with you all the recipe for Crazy Dough! It’s probably one of my favorite recipes I’ve ever shared, because it’s a no-fuss, no-knead recipe with tons of Big and Bold potential. From just a single bread dough base, you can make a variety of entirely different sweet or savory bread-based baked goods, ranging from naan bread, cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, or even cheesy bread loafs, to name but a few. As a result, the potential for this dough is limitless. All you need is my master dough recipe and you’ve got tons of baked goods at your disposal!

One of the the many creative ways you can use crazy dough to improve your baking is by making it into a pizza base to create some Crazy Dough Pizza! It works perfectly as a pizza dough, since it’s easy to roll and gives you a thin, crispy crust when cooked. If you put on my 5 Minute Pizza Sauce in addition to the dough, you’ve got yourself a delicious gourmet pizza!
This recipe makes around four large pizzas, perfect for a hungry family on a weekend night. However, if you don’t see yourself eating all four pizzas in one go, pop the others in the freezer pre-portioned. Simply defrost your pizzas dough when the craving kicks in.
While I adore the classic pepperoni and cheese pizza, I recommend rooting around in your fridge for other tasty ingredients you can throw on there. Most of baking is about experimenting, so throw in some new things to see what you like! Bake your pizza in a hot oven for just 9-12 minutes to get that lovely crust nice and crispy.
Once it was done baking, I couldn’t have been happier with the result! The dough rose up around the edges, forming a delicious crust and crisped up on the bottom just like any pizza lover likes!

I’m so happy to be able to add this recipe to my pizza repertoire. Since it’s so simple to make, requires no special ingredients, and keeps in the flavor like a dream, I can’t imagine making pizza any other way. Due to this recipe, I can have delicious homemade pizza any day of the week, which is a dangerous idea in my house!

If you liked my Microwave Pizza in a Mug or my Pull Apart Pizza Bread, you will absolutely love this instant classic. I cannot wait for you to give this Crazy Dough Pizza a try!

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What else can you make with Crazy Dough? Check out my Crazy Dough Cheesy Bread Recipe!

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Crazy Dough Pizza
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Serves: 4 large pizzas
  • 1 batch crazy dough
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • ½ cup (4oz/120g) pizza sauce
  • 2 cups (6oz/80g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup (4oz/120g) pepperoni
  • 1 teaspoon italian dry herbs
  1. Preheat your oven to 450oF (225oC). Place a pizza stone or a flat baking tray in the oven to pre heat.
  2. On a lightly floured surface roll out the crazy dough base to around 10 inch round.
  3. Carefully transfer your pizza base to the flat edged baking tray that has been dusted with flour. Dusting it with flour helps the pizza slide off easily.
  4. Brush with olive oil the spoon over the sauce in a even layer.
  5. Sprinkle over the cheese and top with pepperoni or additional toppings of your choice (I love to add olives, onion, diced bell peppers, its endless).
  6. Slide your pizza from the tray directly on to the pre-heated tray in the oven (if you find your pizza is too heavy with toppings to slide then just put it into the oven on the try it is already on).
  7. Bake for about 9-12 minutes until the curst is slightly risen and crisp and the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  8. Slice and serve immediately. Enjoy!



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  1. pdonald on January 14, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I am loving Gemma’s crazy dough recipes. I know you can freeze the dough to use later but have a question. A bit of nostalgia involved. When I was a young girl in the 60’s, I spent a lot of time with an Italian neighbor. She was a great cook and had a trick that I have never quite figured out (as I am only now learning to make bread successfully w Gemma!). My neighbor used to make up pizza dough ahead of time and freeze it so that it was ready to pull from the freezer in the morning, thaw and then load it with whatever (and I mean whatever) was left over from dinner the night before – making quick pizza for lunch! They were amazing! My memory is that she simply pulled the frozen, shaped pizza dough from the freezer and placed it on the counter to thaw at mid morning and then top and bake them at lunch time. Can we do this with the crazy dough? Shape and then freeze them? Ideas?

    • Gemma Stafford on January 15, 2018 at 6:11 am

      Hi there,
      I am happy that you are baking with us.
      Yes! I put portions into oiled plastic sandwich bags for freezing. Remove the bag as soon as you can free it from the dough, cover lightly and proof for baking.
      Dough defrosts quickly, and will also proof fast for you, do try it,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. Vipsa on December 14, 2017 at 10:47 am

    How can I make calzone from this dough? 😊

    • Gemma Stafford on December 15, 2017 at 5:12 am

      Hi there,
      Calazone is a folded pizza! You can roll this into a flat bread, fill it and fold it. If you dampen the edges it will stick nicely together.
      You can experiment a lot with this recipe,
      Gemma 🙂

  3. ladysj on September 20, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Hi Gemma,
    I would like to do to make ahead pizzas and freeze them. Any suggestions on the best way to do this & store them? I’m not finding any bags larger enough to put a pizza in. Thanks

    • Gemma Stafford on September 21, 2017 at 2:15 am

      Hi there,
      Haha! funny you should ask this. We were laughing at our Mum the last time i was home. She found that the plastic bag holding the cereal in the bran flakes pack is a perfect freezer bag for pizza. She comes from a time when plastic bags were not sold in the store, so she learned to use what was available! if you have such a thing it is worth saving these. wrap the cooked pizza well in a couple of layers of cling wrap, then into the larger cereal bag, or new plastic shopping bag,take out the air, seal it and all together into the freezer, then you can easily remove one at a time to enjoy.
      I hope this helps you,
      Gemma 🙂

  4. Chit on September 20, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Hi gemma! The best pizza ever! Oh you are God sent angel! And i used your homemade tomato sauce! How healthy.can you get? Now a question is it freeze the pizza dough already shaped but nothing yet on top? And how to finish? Many thanks!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 21, 2017 at 2:46 am

      Hi Chit,
      Great, I am happy you like this recipe!
      Yes, but freeze it in a ball, it will be easier to manage in the freezer. After the first proofing shape the dough into the required number of dough balls. wrap each one in plastic wrap/bags, place all into a larger bag or box and freeze. Remove from the freezer and remove the plastic wrap as soon as it is possible, then take back to room temperature, roll out, relax, stretch again and bake. This is a learning. If you roll before freezing it will be harder to manage the dough! try it, and let us know,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. moh @real recipe on September 16, 2017 at 12:49 am

    The BEST pizza dough I have ever made! YUM!!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 16, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Good! I am happy to hear this,
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Denila Jinny on August 2, 2017 at 9:57 am

    It really did come out very good for me.. my family enjoyed the pizzas.. i was over the clouds… Thank you Gemma..! You are a treasure..

    • Gemma Stafford on August 2, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you Denila for your lovely comment.

  7. Rajni Pawar on July 24, 2017 at 2:46 am

    Hi gemma

    I am a big fan of u i really lov u and your recpies so much.The way you used to present your recpies is too gud. I tried your different types of ice cream that was wonderful. But if i talk about baking i don’t know where i goes wrong i tried your crazy dough recpie to make a pizza i made dough as u shown in your video but when i took the dough from fridge and keep it for 15-20 min at room temperature and set a temperature of my halogen oven as you told but when i put it from my halogen oven what i saw the bottom layer of pizza was raw and it was little sticky i want to know where i was wrong I didn’t use egg in it. Plz solve my problem. Thank you

    • Gemma Stafford on July 24, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Hi there,
      I think this may be to do with the oven! You should be able to do this, but the oven, and the dish you will bake on really should be pre-heated, to allow for proper pizza cooking, or the underside will be indeed under-baked.
      I have not used a halogen oven, for yeast baking, and am not an expert in this! I do not know why it would not be successful, but it will really help to pre-heat,
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Vicki Hernandez on July 19, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Hi Gemma I’m so happy I found your website so many new ways to make things and so easy to do you are awesome! I would like to make a deep dish so I guess it would also be a thick crust pizza! How much crazy dough would I need to accomplish this

    • Gemma Stafford on July 20, 2017 at 2:53 am

      Hi Vicky,
      this recipe will make 4 generous pizzas. You can make this deep if you wish, check out the foccacia recipe here, this will be similar to what you need. Thank you for being in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

  9. Charleen on July 6, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Hi Gemma

    Can i use a different type of oil or butter? Because where I’m from, Olive oil is hard to find. and sometimes we don’t have it at all.

    i’m from an island near Guam. Anyways, i just signed up today with your bold baking and i am so excited!!! You inspired me to become one of the few best bakers on the island. Although i still have a long way to go. Thank you so much for sharing!! 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on July 7, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Hi Charleen,

      You can use any other cooking oil you have, anything will work.

      I’m really delighted you are a part of the Bold Baking community. Looking forward to seeing what you bake 🙂


  10. Bushra on June 22, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Hi Gemma, could you cook the pizza at a lower temperature in the oven? My oven is in Gas mark and the temperature required for this pizza is a very high temperature in the oven, around Gas mark 8 and I normally cook all my food in the oven at gas mark 4 or 5. If I cook the pizza around Gas mark 5 how long would you think the pizza would take to cook?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 11:09 pm


      So I have to admit I do not know gas marks and what temp they convert to but feel free to bake the pizza at a lower temp that suits your oven, it will be totally fine :).

      Happy Baking!

  11. Anushka on June 22, 2017 at 3:33 am

    Hi Gemma

    Also I have fresh mozzarella cheese instead of grated one will this be OK?

    Thank you. God bless you

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 8:28 am

      sure that will work great 🙂

      • Anushka on June 22, 2017 at 8:31 am

        Thank you I am soo excited to make the pizza today will send you a photo once I did it. Thank you soo much for this recipe…. ❤❤❤

  12. Anushka on June 22, 2017 at 3:27 am

    Hi Gemma,

    I know that you made a thin crust pizza but can I use the crazy dough recipe to make thick crust pizza?

    I’m gonna make it today soo excited!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 9:12 am

      sure, just roll it out as thick or as thin as you would like your pizza.

  13. Faustine on June 22, 2017 at 1:09 am

    I only parted the dough batch in two halfs and made one big pizza that cooked really well and was delicious !
    The dough was difficult to roll at first, but I took your advice and let it rest under a towel and that made it really easy to roll. It cooked rather fast and turned out really delicious : the crust was way tastier than what I’m used to !
    Thanks you so much for all the recipes. I plan to try the cheesy bread with the dough I have left… Will keep you updated (:

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 1:20 am

      Hi Faustine,
      So good to hear from you, and delighted that this recipe is working for you.
      You can use a glass bottle as a rolling pin too, and you can gently had stretch the dough too but pushing it out with your fingers.
      This is a leaarnig curve, and it sounds to me that you cracked it first time, very well done.
      Gemma 🙂

  14. Him Hui (BLACKLORD) on June 20, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Gemma,
    I really love pizza, I tried to make my own, loaded with ?,?,olives, spinach, pepperoni… it’s just FREAKING DELICIOUS. But, the ‘pizza sauce’ you say is mostly tomato sauce, and I dont have any of those. How can i make my own ?
    Best Wishes,

    • Gemma Stafford on June 21, 2017 at 1:58 am

      Hi there,
      Can you get canned tomatoes, or tomato paste, or Passata, which is sieved tomatoes.
      These are generally widely available, though I do not know where you live.
      Gemma 🙂

      • Him Hui on June 23, 2017 at 3:56 pm

        Dear Gemma,
        I actually live in the city of Hong Kong.
        Bold Baker,
        Him Hui

  15. kknechtel52 on June 19, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Gemma, I love your videos, so much and the things I have made have been wonderful.
    Keep up the good work, I am looking forward to making more of your recipes.
    Would you say your No Knead Pizza crust is best or the Crazy Dough Pizza?
    Maybe it doesn’t matter, but was curious.
    Thanks for your wonderful insights and amazing videos.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely message. I’m delighted you like my recipes.

      For pizza I do prefer my no knead one. It has a bubblier texture. That’s my preference.

      Good luck with yours 🙂

  16. Binu on June 19, 2017 at 5:47 am

    I m making pizza today. Have made ? earlier but wanted to try your recipe.i m adding onion, bell pepper and mushrooms with cheese.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 19, 2017 at 11:01 am

      I think this will be perfect Binu, do enjoy,
      Gemma 🙂

  17. Joanna on June 18, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Gemma! Just watched your pizza dough vid this afternoon at 3:00. Was so awesome! I probably will be making some of these recipes with my siblings now that my sis is home from college for the summer. We all ❤️ ? recipes! And it would be a blast to make some of these together, and I’ve been talking a bunch about you and your recipes to my fam. It’s so nice that it takes just over 10 minutes to bake! Is pepperoni ? your fave pizza flav? (Ohh! It rhymes! ??) My fave is cheese, it’s the only one I like. For some reason meat on pizza just doesn’t appeal to me. And pepperoni is to spicy for me. ( I know, I’m a whimp.??) My neighbor, my good friend, JJ’s (Julia, who you’ve also talked to) fave is spinach, but she also likes cheese. What are your likes, dislikes, and so so’s when it comes to pizza? This is kind of random, but I’ve always wanted to tell you. You are SO pretty! I ❤️ how you’re doing your hair now, too. It’s gorgeous! ( not just your hair, your face,too) And you won’t think much of it, but I absolutely LOVE your accent, too. It’s so awesome and pretty! You don’t think it’s an accent, but it is to me.? It makes me so happy to compliment people, and I just wanted to make a remark on your voice and looks. Thank you so much for responding to all of my questions and remarks.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 19, 2017 at 3:23 am

      Hi Joanna,
      you are way too kind! I am happy that you share my content with your friends, it is really important to me.
      I really love pizza, it is a family favorite too, and spinach is a terrific addition. I like a simple enough pizza too, loaded with cheese, and one which is called a white pizza, which has a bechamel sauce, a white sauce, to which you can add the spinach, and cheese too, delicious!
      Gemma 🙂

  18. AnilA on June 17, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Gemma I’m new to baking.I didn’t know anything about baking…actually I was a bit afraid too.. thought it was something I couldn’t do. Came across your videos in YouTube accidentally and happened to watch some of it. I was like… oh my god… is this so easy!! The way you bake and explain the things made all the procedures much easier… I’m going to make a pizza today …Gemma you are my you ?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 19, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Now this is what I love to hear! a convert to baking. Do read the recipes carefully, and do not adjust recipes untill you have tried a few, it is a learning curve, but you are right, it is easy.
      Thank you for being in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

  19. Ashwini on June 14, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Hi Gemma,
    Would I be able to make the crust a little softer by rolling in out a bit thicker?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 15, 2017 at 1:51 am

      Hi Ashwini,
      sure, make it as you like, this is a soft dough in any case, enjoy!
      Gemma 🙂

  20. Rawan on June 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Hi gemma,
    I posted a photo of a baking tray in the photos section. I wanted to ask you if this tray is a pizza stone and if not what can I use it for

    • Gemma Stafford on June 15, 2017 at 2:32 am

      Hi Rawan, yes, and I saw it too. This is a pizza tray. You heat the tray which does not have holes in the oven, you form your pizza on the one with the holes, and pop it on to the preheated tray. This helps to conduct the heat to the base of the pizza, to brown it.
      The tray with the holes can also be placed directly on the oven racks, see which one works best for you. Let me know how you get on with this,
      Gemma 🙂

  21. Rawan on June 14, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Hi gemma,
    I want to make chicken strips and I want a good recipe for the dipping sauce .I know that you never did a recipe for sauces in your channel but I trust you and trust your choices. So please if you have any good recipe please share it with me.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 16, 2017 at 4:53 am

      Hi Rawan,
      I like a few different sauces, I love a sour cream and chive sauce, or a blue cheese sauce. ( there is a reall selection here, read the recipes through to find what you may like, with the ingredients you have in your home. Invent your own too! You are great to try these things so have fun!
      Gemma 🙂

  22. eesha abdulah on June 13, 2017 at 5:01 am

    HI Gemma

    i love your pizza recipe but my pizza dough did not got that soft so please tell me what should i do 🙁

    • Gemma Stafford on June 14, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Hi Eesha,
      Did you solve the problem? I have two comments, one saying it worked, the other not so much!
      Go back to the recipe here on the website, it will help you if you are still mystified!
      Gemma 🙂

  23. eesha abdulah on June 13, 2017 at 4:55 am

    hi Gemma

    i love your pizza recipes and they are really yummy . i made this recipe yesterday and it was awsome ! and i am looking forward for more bigger bolder recipes : )


  24. Aisha on June 12, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Hi gemma
    I love this recipe very tasty but sad it went so soon as soon as I made it, it was gone ?have to make it again for sure?
    Amazing A

  25. Eiman on June 12, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    This recipe looks so good and will definitely try it out over the weekend. However, what should i use if i don’t own a flat edge baking tray??


    • Gemma Stafford on June 12, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      easy, turn a tray upside down and top it on there. then it will slide into the oven 🙂

  26. Roxi from Sri Lanka on June 11, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Will try this one soon – thank you

  27. Kristine Aggabao on June 11, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Hello Gemma,

    First of all, I hope you are doing well today. I am a huge fan from the Philippines. I have been a fan ever since I watched your video on Youtube(I subscribed to your channel even before the video ends) about how to make whipped cream. After watching the video, I have been watching more from your website.

    The great thing about your videos is that, it’s simple and very easy to follow. When I know I need to know a certain recipe, I will check your website first before checking somewhere else. And by far, I really love all the “how to” videos, since here in my country, ingredients for baking are really costly. Making them myself will really save me more.
    I have been dying to try your recipes but I am a full time employee and a mom at the same time, and it’s kind of hard to find more time to focus on baking. Once I get to be a full time mom, I will really give more time on baking.

    More power to you and continue to inspire others to be bold and brave to bake!

    Best regards,

    • Gemma Stafford on June 12, 2017 at 1:18 am

      Hi there Kristine,
      Thank you for your loyal support, I appreciate it.
      Life gets busy when you are a working Mom, and looking after the daily needs of a family, leaves little time for fun stuff!
      I am happy that you are with us. When your little ones are big enough to help, give them the recipes. My Mum used to say ‘if you can read, you can cook’ haha! The kitchen was bedlam on a Sunday in our house, but we all learned to cook!
      Gemma 😉

  28. Yvonne on June 11, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I LOVE this crazy dough recipe. I made pizza before you posted this recipe, worked just as you described. Thin and crisp on the bottom, edges puffed up. I made a basic marharita pizza

    • Gemma Stafford on June 12, 2017 at 2:05 am

      That is great Yvonne, i am happy that this recipe is being used by lots of people, and it is working, happy dance here!
      Gemma 🙂

  29. Rowan on June 11, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Hi gemma,
    I want to make a pizza for my family. What do you suggest this pizza or the other one that you made on your 100th episode.ofcourse both of them taste delicious but which one will you do if you had a party

    • Gemma Stafford on June 12, 2017 at 2:11 am

      Hi Rowan,
      This dough is a quick dough, and it has different characteristics to a traditional pizza dough, which is what the original recipe really is.
      For a crowd the issue is really how do you bake them off, when you are having a party, all of these recipes are best made and served, or at least quickly enough after baking.
      I think I would choose the original one for a party, but I suggest you try both ahead of time, and decide which one will suit your need, and the number of people you have to serve,
      Gemma 🙂

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