Mozza's Super Interesting Pizza Dough

Prep Time
Cook Time
3h 38m
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"This is a pizza dough as given by Nancy Silverton from her cookbook "The Mozza Cookbook: Recipes from Los Angeles's Favorite Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria ". Nancy claims that when you make this dough at home, your pizza will be just as delicious as the one they serve Pizzeria Mozza. She says that this recipe is not an exact replica of the pizza dough they use at Pizzeria Mozza. But promises that when you make this dough at home, your pizza will be just as delicious as the one they serve. She further states that dough reacts differently in different ovens, and when the restaurant dough is baked in a home oven the result is a thick and doughy crust—not at all like those that come out of their extremely hot wood-fired ovens. The challenge for The Mozza Cookbook was to come up with a recipe for a pizza dough that, when baked in a home oven, resulted in a crust that was as close to what they get out of their pizza ovens as possible."

Original recipe yields 6-12 servings
  • Nancy's Pizza Dough (Note that this dough makes for 6 pizza's, therefore please divide it by 6 to make one pizza


  • Serving Size: 1 (290.8 g)
  • Calories 632.1
  • Total Fat - 6.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0.6 mg
  • Sodium - 1177.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 130.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 19.3 g
  • Sugars - 1.1 g
  • Protein - 24 g
  • Calcium - 65.8 mg
  • Iron - 6.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.9 mg


Step 1

Put 15 ounces of the water and the yeast in the bowl of a standing mixer and let it sit for a few minutes to dissolve the yeast.

Step 2

Add 13 ounces of the bread flour, the rye flour, and the wheat germ. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine the ingredients.

Step 3

Wrap the bowl tightly in plastic wrap and tightly wrap the perimeter of the bowl with kitchen twine or another piece of plastic wrap to further seal the bowl.

Step 4

Set the dough aside at room temperature (ideally 68 to 70 degrees) for 1 1⁄2 hours.

Step 5

Uncover the bowl and add the remaining 7 ounces of water, the remaining 13 ounces of bread flour, and the barley malt.

Step 6

Fit the mixer with a dough hook, place the bowl on the mixer stand, and mix the dough on low speed for 2 minutes.

Step 7

Add the salt and mix on medium speed for 6 to 8 minutes, until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

Note that the dough will not pull so much that it completely cleans the bowl, but if the dough is too sticky and is not pulling away from the sides at all, throw a small handful of flour into the bowl to make it less sticky.

Step 8

While the dough is mixing, lightly grease with olive oil a bowl large enough to hold the dough when it doubles in size. Turn the dough out of the mixer into the oiled bowl.

Step 9

Wrap the bowl as before. Set the dough aside at room temperature for 45 minutes.

Step 10

Dust your work surface lightly with flour and turn the dough out onto the floured surface.

Step 11

Acting as if the round has four sides, fold the edges of the dough toward the center.

Step 12

Turn the dough over and return it, folded side down, to the bowl. Cover the bowl again with plastic wrap and set it aside for 45 minutes.

Step 13

Dust your work surface again lightly with flour and turn the dough out onto the floured surface.

Step 14

Divide the dough into six equal segments, each weighing approximately 7 ounces. Gently tuck the edges of each round of dough under itself. Cover the dough rounds with a clean dishtowel and let them rest for 5 minutes.

Step 15

Lightly flour your hands and use both hands to gather each round of dough into a taut ball.

Step 16

Dust a baking sheet generously with flour and place the dough rounds on the baking sheet. Cover the baking sheet with the dishtowel and set them again at room temperature for 1 hour to proof the dough. (Or leave the dough on the counter to proof instead.)

Step 17

Prepare and stretch the dough and preheat the oven to (Nancy Silverton suggests to heat oven to 500F, but follow the directions for the specific pizza you are making).

NOTE: Makes enough dough for 6 smallish pizzas that serves 1 - 2 or 2 medium-large sized pizzas

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.