Basic Pizza Crust

Basic Pizza Crust

1 tsp dry active yeast

1 tsp sugar

1¼ cup warm water (110℉)

3½ cups flour

1½ tsp salt

2 tbsp olive oil

Dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water. Set aside for 7 minutes until yeast blooms.

Put flour and salt in a bowl of stand mixer with dough hook attached*. Add bloomed yeast and mix on low until mixture turns into a smooth, soft dough (about 5 minutes). Don’t over knead.

Cover loosely and let the dough rise for 45 minutes. Place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours or up to 36 hours. The dough will more than double in this time so make sure your bowl is big enough!

Grease 15”x10” baking sheet and press dough into bottom of pan. Alternately, you can use one large or several smaller round pizza pans. It can also be adjusted according to how thick or thin you prefer your pizza.

Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes while you preheat the oven to 500℉.

Bake the crust for 5 minutes and remove from the oven.

Top with desired toppings and bake for an additional 8 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the toppings are bubbly.

*You can do this step by hand, it will just take a little longer.

8 servings, 220 calories per serving (crust only)

Hack: Pizza crust can be stored for later use after the initial 4 minute bake. Wrap well in plastic wrap or tightly sealed freezer container. Refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 4 weeks.

Hack: Pizza cooked with toppings can be stored as described for pizza crust above.

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4 Replies to “Basic Pizza Crust”

  1. I have been a lover of pizza since I was a kid and this made me love your page so much. It felt like a blessing coming across your page. I immediately rushed and showed my fiancee, the minute i came across this and we have planned to prepare this on the next weekend. Thanks for sharing this

    1. I’m glad you’ve decided to give it a try!  I’m also a pizza fan and there’s nothing better than a homemade crust.

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    Pizza is my go to food. Always. I always prefer homemade dishes. I have been looking for a good dough recipe. I cant wait to try it soon.

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