Frank’s Pizza House

Toronto Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Pizza Recipes

Get the entire family involved in creating a pizza. If you enjoy this one, visit here again to see future recipes.

Step 1 — The Dough
Step 2 — The Pizza

Step 1 — The Dough

Kneading Pizza Dough

The dough is the foundation for any pizza.

Let’s Get Started

At Frank’s we make our own pizza dough because we want your pizza to have that special taste. While we don’t want to give away the secret to our dough, this basic recipe should get you started towards a tasty pizza.


This recipe will make a lot of pizzas, so adjust according to your needs.

2½ cups (170 mL)lukewarm water
2 tbsp (30 mL)olive oil
5 tbsp (75 mL)sugar
2 tbsp (30 mL)salt
1 packagedry yeast
4½ cups (1125 mL)unbleached flour
2 cups (500 mL)semolina flour
as neededmore unbleached flour
as neededvegetable oil

You will need an electric mixer for this recipe. Please do not allow young children to prepare this recipe unsupervised.

  1. In a mixing bowl add water, sugar, salt, yeast and olive oil. Mix thoroughly for a minute, then let mixture stand for 5 minutes.

  2. Add semolina flour, unbleached flour and begin mixing at low speed for about 1–2 minutes. To obtain a smooth, homogeneous mixture, add unbleached flour if necessary (dough should not stick to the bowl). Remove dough from bowl and place on a lightly floured work surface.

  3. Divide the dough into 8 oz balls (approx. 14 balls for this recipe) and roll each piece into a smooth ball, kneading it so all air pockets are removed. Once complete place the balls on a tray and place into your refrigerator.

  4. Using a pastry brush, coat the dough balls with vegetable oil and cover with a clean cloth.

  5. Place tray into the refrigerator and allow to rise for 12 to 24 hours.

That was easy!

Step 2 — The Pizza

A child holding a pizza

Here’s where the real fun starts! Let the kids do most of the work here because we know how much parents enjoy cleaning up the kitchen. We know that pizzas are supposed to be round and sometimes square or rectangular, but kids have a different sense of design. Let them go wild and see what they come up with. That’s half the fun! The other half will be eating your wonderful creation.

Sauce Ingredients
  • Italian plum tomatoes (canned)
  • Sugar (to taste)
  • Black Pepper (to taste)
  • Oregano
  • Olive oil
  • Roasted garlic cloves
  • Salt

Grind tomatoes through a food mill, then season with black pepper, sugar, olive oil, oregano, roasted garlic and salt. Mix thoroughly and refrigerate.

Pizza Ingredients
  • The sauce (above)
  • Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • Toppings of your choice

Always have a clean workspace (that won’t last!). Granite or marble are excellent surfaces to make pizzas, if you don’t have either, this is a great excuse to get one. Please supervise children when working on this or any other recipe.

  1. Let the pizza dough come to room temperature while you preheat your oven to 425ºF.

  2. Place some semolina flour on the work surface and start stretching the dough ball. You want to get it to a consistent thickness, so if you want to use a rolling pin to help, place some flour on the dough so the rolling pin won’t stick. If you want to try spinning the dough in the air, go ahead. We can’t be held responsible for where it lands.

  3. Once you have the dough stretched, place your dough on a pizza pan that has been coated with olive oil.

  4. Next put on a layer of pizza sauce, a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese and your favourite toppings. Add the ingredients, above, to suit your taste. After all, it’s your pizza.

  5. Just before placing your pizza into the oven, put some more shredded cheese on top.

  6. Take your perfect creation and pop it into the oven for about 20 minutes or until the crust is a golden brown and the cheese is nicely bubbling.

  7. Remove from the oven, let it cool a bit and start eating.