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Easy Dough Recipe

pizza dough on a wooden plate covered in flour

Hi, my beautiful friends! Happy New Year! I wanted to start this decade with this fabulous easy dough recipe that I adapted from my mother who is my inspiration in the kitchen. This recipe only takes a few ingredients and some patience for an incredibly fluffy dough that can be topped or stuffed with whatever your heart desires.

This recipe can be vegan if the dry milk powder is omitted. I have not tested gluten-free flour using this recipe but I can imagine Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 baking flour may work as a substitute for the all-purpose flour or even almond flour. Let me know if you try!

My mom and I often make either pizza with this dough or savory Middle Eastern pies known as mo3aganat which are typically stuffed with cheese and spinach or topped with za’atar or meat. You can even deck this recipe with some dried herbs if you do so and make some fatayer (oregano bread). This dough is amazing for pizza and opened faced baked goods more than anything! The list is endless.

I would love to see what you make with this dough. Share your creations with me on Instagram and in the comments!

pizza dough on a wooden plate covered in flour
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5 from 13 votes

Easy Dough

This dough recipe can be used to make anything from pizza to savory Middle Eastern pies known as mo3ajanat.
Prep Time2 hours
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dough making, dough recipe, easy dough recipe, Fufus Kitchen, middle eastern cheese pies, pizza dough
Servings: 2 large pizza pies
Author: Heifa


  • 5 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Water, lukewarm
  • 1 packet Fast Rising Yeast about 2-3 tsp
  • 2 tbsp Dried Milk Powder optional, does add extra fluffiness to the dough however


  • This recipe can either be done by hand or using the dough handle for the Kitchenaid.
  • First, mix together in the desired bowl the yeast, sugar, salt, milk powder, lukewarm water, and 2 cups flour until well combined.
  • Cover with a towel and allow this to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Then, add the olive oil and the remaining 3 cups of flour to the dough. It may be easier to do so one cup at a time. Use either dough hook or hands to bring this together.
  • If the dough is too sticky at this point, add a pinch of flour to work with it.
  • Shape it like a big ball and cover it with a towel for 1 hour.
  • Divide it into smaller balls (around 25) for meat, spinach, za'atar, and cheese pies and rest for another 45 minutes covered with a towel preferably in a warm area. If using for pizza dough, just divide dough in half for 2 large pies.
  • When ready to bake the desired pie, place in a 350 F oven for about 20 minutes for the savory pies and around 25-30 minutes for a large pizza. Keep an eye on it after 20 minutes.
Cheese pies made with the dough
Pizza made with the dough
Spinach pies made with the dough

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe turned out AMAZING! My dough was so fluffy and delicious, I received so many compliments. Also it was super easy to make. I love love your page and your recipes. Thank you!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Omg just tried this recipe out and it turned out amazing! My husband didn’t believe I made it lol. Thank u so much for sharing this recipe

  3. 5 stars
    We made this easy dough recipe for pizza and my family loved it. It’s so easy and simple. You need this recipe in your life. Thank you so much Heifa!!!

    1. Hi! Can I freeze the dough I don’t use? If so, at what point would I do this? Also, can I substitute yogurt for the milk powder? Thank you!

      1. You can freeze the dough after it is made. Make sure it is well sealed. If you do not have milk powder, then omit it completely!

      2. 5 stars
        This dough is the only dough I can say I’ve successfully made and with ease. All the other dough got nothing on this haha. My husband and I loved using it for pizza and lahme ajeen. He says I owe you big since I’ve tried several other recipes and failed to get it to what I want. I thought it was me!

        This will be my go to recipe for dough for sure.

    1. This is my go to dough recipe for pizzas, cheese pies, zataar Manaeesh. It’s so easy to make. Thank you for sharing. I usually double the batch and leave it in the fridge to make cheese and zaatar pies for breakfast.

  4. 5 stars
    This is the Best recipe for dough!I’ve used it for sfeeha, spinach and cheese fatayer, pizza, bread and even garlic dinner rolls. My husband said that after 30 years, I’ve finally mastered dough! Really easy recipe to make and to work with and it comes out perfectly every time!

  5. 5 stars
    After trying this recipe once, it has become a staple in my meal planning. We make pizza once a week now using this dough recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    This is my go too Dough recipe!! The best recipe that I have ever tried!! Nobody can come close to this recipe. Really easy to follow and smooth. Just love this recipe so much.

  7. If making pizza dough, does it need to rest for the 45 minutes as it says in step 7 or can I bake it right after resting for the one hour?

  8. 5 stars
    This dough is so easy and versatile, doesn’t take long and can be used for sweet/ savoury. My go to dough now

  9. 5 stars
    This is a the first dough I have ever made and despite being terrified to make it, it was an ultimate success! Even my Arab mom asked me for the recipe lol! Thanks for sharing Heifa!

  10. 5 stars
    well the name holds true! this is an easy dough recipie. add the flour part by part like it says. made this to make pizza and it was perfect.

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