A basic recipe for pizza dough calls for bread flour, sugar, yeast, salt, olive oil and water, according to Food Network's Bobby Flay. Alternately, all-purpose flour can be used instead of bread flour for a chewier crust.
For two 14-inch pizza crusts, combine 3.5 cups flour with 1 teaspoon sugar, a packet of instant yeast and 2 teaspoons kosher salt. Add 1.5 cups warm water and 2 tablespoons olive oil, then mix until it forms a sticky ball. Continue to add tablespoons of flour until the dough becomes a solid ball, or add water by tablespoons if the dough becomes too dry.
Grease a bowl with 2 teaspoons olive oil, and add the dough. Cover the dough loosely, and set it in a warm spot for about two hours or until it doubles in size. Once the dough has doubled, remove it from the bowl to a floured surface, and divide it into two equal pieces. Cover each new dough ball with a towel, and set it aside for at least 10 minutes prior to baking.
The total preparation time for basic pizza dough is 90 minutes. Active preparation takes about 20 minutes, with another 70 minutes of inactive time.