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The Magic of Making Memories: Bobby Flay’s Pizza Dough Recipe for Kids

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Pizza Day? It’s more like a Pizza Play Date! Forget the store-bought dough; this post is all about creating delicious memories with Bobby Flay’s amazing pizza dough recipe.

A Love-Hate Surprise from Bobby Flay

Let’s be honest: Bobby Flay can be a grilling god, but sometimes, his stovetop creations leave me wanting. However, this pizza dough recipe? Pure genius! It’s become a family favorite, especially when the little ones are involved.

From Playdate to Pizza Paradise

I started hosting Lego playdates for the kids, a fun way to learn and cook together. Enter Bobby Flay’s dough. The first time we made it, the tiny taste testers wouldn’t share their pan pizzas! Even my 2-year-old niece gave her mom a hard time. It was pure pizza bliss, with smiles all around.

These playdates are all about learning through play. We explore ingredients, have fun with food-themed toys, and create memories that last. It’s amazing to see them bond, share opinions, and discover new flavor combinations.

Pizza Dough Recipe
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Flour Power!

The secret to great dough? Choosing the right flour. The recipe allows for all-purpose or bread flour, but I adore the texture and taste of bread flour (King Arthur is my go-to brand!). It adds a depth of flavor that all-purpose flour just can’t match.

This recipe yields roughly 5-6 individual 6-inch pan pizzas, depending on how thick you like your crust. Remember, it’s best for an adult to handle the dough prep. Then, when it’s time to roll, portion it out for the kiddos.

Colorful Fun with Rolling

To make things even easier, I use multi-functional plastic placemats. They’re perfect for rolling out dough – colorful and practical! Each little chef gets a placemat, a rolling pin, and with a little help from mom, they create their very own pizza masterpieces.

The Perfect Pizza Sauce

No pizza is complete without a delicious sauce. I have a favorite brand (Barilla Sauces!), but feel free to experiment with homemade options – there are plenty of great recipes online (think chunky tomato, spicy tomato, or a quick homemade version).

The kids might ask for other meals, but pizza always reigns supreme. They love making it, and who can resist those adorable, sauce-stained faces?

Ready to Bake Memories?

So ditch the delivery and try Bobby Flay’s amazing pizza dough recipe. It’s the perfect way to introduce your kids to the kitchen and create lasting memories. They’ll be thanking you (and maybe even Mr. Flay!) for years to come.

This recipe isn’t just about pizza dough; it’s about creating fun memories in the kitchen with your little ones. Bobby Flay’s amazing dough is simple to make and yields fantastic results, perfect for a family pizza night.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Flour Power: Bread flour (around 3 ½ to 4 cups) is the star of the show. It gives the crust a beautiful crispness. Don’t have bread flour? No worries; all-purpose flour (the same amount) will work, too; just expect a chewier crust. Remember, extra flour is used to dust your workspace when rolling out the dough.
  • Sweet Start: A teaspoon of sugar wakes up the yeast, a key ingredient for that perfect dough rise.
  • Rise Up! One envelope of instant dry yeast is all you need to make the dough nice and fluffy.
  • Salty Savory: Two teaspoons of kosher salt add a savory depth to the dough.
  • Warm Embrace: 1 ½ cups of water, heated to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (about lukewarm bath temperature), creates the ideal environment for the yeast to work its magic.
  • Oil is Good: Two tablespoons of olive oil, plus an additional 2 teaspoons, add moisture and elasticity to the dough.

Now, let’s get baking!

  1. Gather Your Ingredients: In a stand mixer bowl (or a large bowl if mixing by hand), combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.
  2. Get Mixing: With the mixer on, slowly pour in the warm water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Keep mixing until a dough ball forms.
  3. Dough Doctor: Feeling a little sticky? Add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a smooth ball. Too dry? Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it reaches the perfect consistency.
  4. Knead to Know: Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead with your hands for a few minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  5. Rise and Shine: Lightly grease a large bowl with the remaining olive oil. Place your dough ball in the bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and find a warm spot for it to rise. Let it rest for about 1 hour, until it doubles in size.
  6. Divide and Conquer: Gently turn the risen dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide it into two equal portions. Cover each half with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes.

Now you have two perfectly portioned dough balls ready to be transformed into delicious pizzas! Top them with your favorite ingredients and bake until golden brown.

Remember: This recipe is just the beginning. Check out Bobby Flay’s website (https://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/bobbys-pizza-dough-recipe-0170075) for tips on sauce and toppings. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy creating memories with your little chefs!

The perfect pizza

The Sauce for the Pizza

A good tomato sauce is necessary for the perfect pizza. I always stick to my favorite brand, Barilla Sauces. If you are interested in making your own, try these recipes.



The perfect pizza

The Best Pizza Dough Recipe

A simple and delicious pizza dough for to make Pizza Day more enjoyable.
5 from 1 vote
Course Appetizers and Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 regular size pizza dough
Calories 923 kcal


  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour plus more for rolling (Chef’s Note: Using bread flour will give you a much crisper crust. If you can’t find bread flour, you can substitute it with all-purpose flour which will give you a chewier crust.)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 envelope instant dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water 110 degrees F
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus 2 teaspoons


  • Combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine. While the mixer is running, add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.
  • Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes


A great tomato sauce or marinara sauce will go well with this recipe. Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/pizza-dough-recipe.html and add your favorite topping.


Serving: 1gramsCalories: 923kcalCarbohydrates: 161gProtein: 26gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gSodium: 2339mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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Originally published on June 5, 2014. Revised and republished.

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