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Pizza Dough for the Outdoor Oven

Yeast Pizza

If you are using one of the outdoor pizza ovens, then I would strongly recommend for you to consider lowering the dough hydration and using yeast instead of sourdough starter as a leavening agent. The reason being, the sourdough starter makes the crumb wet (if you bake pizza in an outdoor pizza oven like ROCCBOX by Gozney). 

The recipe is super easy and can be mixed by hands. 

Patience and lower temperature are the key components to achieve an open and light pizza crust.

Yield: 8 x 200g pizzas.


Main Dough 


  • 4 pm Dissolve yeast in water, add flour and salt, knead by hand or in mixer for couple of minutes, until all incorporated, but dough still look lumpy.
  • Let rest 30 min covered
  • 4:30 pm knead the dough by hand or in mixer for couple of minutes. Dough should start to look nice and smooth.
  • Let rest 30 min covered.
  • Prepare tray, oil it with olive oil.
  • 5 pm Divide the dough on 8 pieces, 200g each. Round them. Transfer pizza balls to the tray, cover with plastic.
  • Let ferment at 18-20C until next day (for 18-22 hours).

Note: find a cool place in your house. Slow and long fermentation at lower temperatures will give a nice open crumb to your pizza.

Next day 

By the end of fermentation the dough will spread, and won’t look bubbly. It will remain kind of flat. That’s the key to a successful crust.

2 pm start preheating your rock box for at least 40 min on a high flame. The temperature has to reach 700F.

Start shaping your pizza dough. 

Use semolina flour, to prevent sticking.

Garnish your pizza with sauce and toppings.

Load pizza inside the oven, change the flame to the lowest mode, keep rotating pizza every 15 seconds, to prevent burning.


P.S. if you are interested in sourdough pizza recipe, it is available in my book.

37 thoughts on “Pizza Dough for the Outdoor Oven

  1. Your recipes looks delicious

    1. Thank you 🙏

  2. Amout of your dry yeast is not clear, I didnt undrstand , 0.1gr
    How we measure it?

    1. Just keep in mind that the amount of yeast should be less than 1 g by 10 times.

      1. I am confused on this as well

      2. Will this recipie work in an oven as well? You are amazing!


    2. Buy a gram scale

  3. Fantastic recipe, thank you!

    1. Thank you for your feedback

  4. I love your posts! And I was especially excited to find this one regarding pizza for the outdoor pizza oven. I have had MISERABLE luck with my Roccbox. The points of downfall are: (1) transferring the prepared pizza to and off the peel, and (2) finding the pizza burns too much along the edges before the rest of the pie has baked. From reading your post, I believe the reasons for these problems have to do with my dough being TOO HYDRATED and not lowering the temperature once the pizza pie is ready to bake. 🙂 🙂 I noticed also from looking at your pictures that you perhaps form your pizza in a nonstick pan and then transfer it to the peel! Yes?? What an ingenious idea!!!! Wow! OK. I’m diving into this again tonight fully determined to conquer this! I really don’t want to give up on this and revert to pizza-making in the oven. But these continuous failures and mounting frustration have zapped some of the enthusiasm of this process. Thanks for all your WONDERFUL posts!!!

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback.
      Preheat the oven, then lower temperature ( it will extend baking time without burning)
      Use less hydrated dough.
      Also if you are struggling to transfer the pizza into the oven, use circle parchment paper, and shape pizza on it.
      Transfer the pizza into the oven with parchment paper.
      It will help to prevent burning the bottom and will make transfer easier.

      1. Thanks so much for your response. I tried it the other day…. and YIPPEE! It worked!!! I am about to go make some more dough right now so that we can have pizza tomorrow! 🙂 I nearly gave up (well, not quite), but your guidance here saved the day! It was the best pizza I’ve made so far. Thanks again!!!

  5. Can I freeze the pizza dough?

    1. You can try but it won’t be as good.

  6. Hi! Didn’t understand very well the amount of yeast. How do you measure an amount that is that small?

    1. Hi!
      It is very tiny!
      Im just eyeballing.

    2. hi! looks so great, thanks for sharing.
      if the weather is hot, shuld i put the dough in the fridge for the long rest? and what shuld i do if I want to freeze
      some of the dough balls?
      shuld it be after the 18-22 h rest time or before? and shuld i increase the yeasts amount maybe? thank you!

    3. With a gram scale

  7. buy a pocket scale. they’re $10-$20 and will measure to .01 (a hundredth of a gram) some even go to .001 (a thousandths of a gram)!

    1. Thank you 🙏

  8. Wondering What’s the secret of using so low yeast, all the recipes I’ve seen are at least 1-2%. What does it help with ?

  9. Wow.!!! cant believe this recipe was free all along! been making pizza when pandemic starts and cant find the real and best recipe.. and voila i find your reels on facebook and brought me here… Thank you so so
    and Thank You LORD !
    definitely i WILL try this IMMEDIATELY! soo exited…

    ADDTIONAL QUESTION :what if the weather is HOT, should i put the dough in the fridge for the long rest? and what shuld i do if I want to freeze
    Thank you and best regards…
    from Philippines

    1. Also curious about this! If its been 18-20hrs and you want them later, can you put in the fridge?

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  11. Can I use a traditional oven for this recipe?

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  13. Is it possible to make this with sourdough starter?

    1. Yes, it is definitely possible to make this recipe with sourdough starter! Simply substitute the sourdough starter for some of the flour and liquid in the recipe, add 1% of yeast from total amount of flour and adjust the rising times accordingly. Sourdough adds a delicious tangy flavor to bread and can enhance the overall taste of your dish. Enjoy experimenting with your sourdough starter in this recipe!

  14. Is sourdough starter suffice w cold fermentation so we can skip the yeast?

  15. Dear Natalya what a lovely a recipe and I would like to try it soon, but if I have to let the dough ferment more than 22 hours, would it be ruined?
    Can i put it in the fridge to slow down the process?

    1. well hello, I couldn’t find any answer from you, so I am just going to say this. First thank you for this great recipe, it was delicious and I can’t describe how much! second, I kind of messed up the time schedules and instead of 2 pm I wanted to bake it for dinner so I put the dough in the fridge for about 12 hours and then brought it out and let it rest for 18 hours! ( stupid of me IKR?) but the pizza was the best and the dough was the ace TBH. So THANK YOU, your recipes are amazing XOXO

      1. Thank you so much for your kind words! We’re thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the recipe and that the pizza turned out so well, despite the extended resting time for the dough. It sounds like your improvisation paid off in the end! We appreciate your feedback and are glad to hear that our recipes are hitting the mark for you. Happy baking! XOXO

    2. Thank you for your comment! If you need to let the dough ferment for longer than 22 hours, you can definitely put it in the fridge to slow down the process. This will help prevent the dough from over-fermenting and developing off flavors. Just make sure to cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap or a lid to prevent it from drying out. When you’re ready to continue with the recipe, simply take the dough out of the fridge, let it come to room temperature, and

  16. Hi
    What’s the best place to go ferment please?thank you

    1. Hi there! To ferment your ingredients at around 18-20°C, the best place would be a cool, dark area in your home. You can consider using a basement, pantry, or a cupboard that maintains a consistent temperature. Make sure to monitor the temperature regularly to ensure that it stays within the desired range for successful fermentation. Happy fermenting!

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