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No-Knead Olive Oil Dough (Big Batch)

No-Knead Olive Oil Dough (Big Batch) 4.000

Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Apr 19, 2020

This simple recipe requires no kneading and makes enough dough for four 1-pound portions that can be used for focaccia, pizza, calzones and cinnamon rolls, for starters.

For ideas on how to make those dishes, see the related recipes, and read this story: One no-knead dough will give you focaccia, pizza and cinnamon rolls for days.

The recipe halves easily, if you want a smaller batch.

Make Ahead: The dough needs to rest at room temperature for 2 hours. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for a few months.


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Tested size: 4 servings; makes 4 pounds of dough

  • 3 1/4 cups (770 milliliters) lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried instant yeast (not rapid rise)
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 7 1/2 cups (36 ounces; 1022 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

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Use a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula to stir together the water, oil, yeast, salt, sugar and flour in a large (5- or 6-quart) bowl, forming a rough dough. Transfer to a large container with a lid, or divide between two smaller containers, as the dough will significantly expand. Partially cover and let it rest for about 2 hours on the counter. (Alternately, if you have a lidded container large enough for mixing, you can assemble the dough in there.)

The dough can be used right away, but it is much easier to handle once it has been thoroughly chilled, about 3 hours. The dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Dust the surface of the refrigerated dough lightly with flour, then pull a fourth of it off (it will be about a 1-pound portion; the dusting makes this task easier, as the dough is sticky). Dust the portion you are using with more flour and quickly shape it into a ball by stretching the surface of the dough around to the bottom on all four sides, rotating the ball a quarter-turn as you go. Then proceed to use the ball in your choice of the recipes.

Recipe Source

Adapted from "Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day," by Zoe François and Jeff Hertzberg (Thomas Dunne Books, 2011), as posted on

Tested by Becky Krystal.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per 1-pound portion: 1,058

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 17g 26%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 1670mg 70%

Total Carbohydrates: 201g 67%

Dietary Fiber: 7g 28%

Sugar: 7g

Protein: 26g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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