This Thin Crust Pizza Dough is crispy and fast to make! Only 10 minutes prep, with no rise time! It’s the perfect crispy, crunchy crust that will stand up to any pizza toppings! If you have ever visited a Greensboro pizza restaurant you will know just how good a freshly made pizza can taste and will be up for trying to do it yourself! As much as I love making my own pizza, there’s something special about visiting a pizzaria or any restaurant that serves pizza. Sometimes it can be hit or miss, but when you find the perfect one, you’re there for life. A friend of mine has their own restaurant and recently invested in new equipment from a company like Nella Cutlery. I haven’t been round to check it out just yet, but she tells me that she is happy with her purchase. She also mentions how having new equipment has made customer service and the overall cooking process a whole lot easier. Having hear this news, I decided to give it a go. So here’s my interpretation.
Soft & chewy pizza crust, or thin & crispy?
You guysssss…brace yourself. I’m sharing the Holy Grail of thin pizza crusts with you today.
A really, really, really great thin crispy, crunchy pizza crust.
Look how thin this baby is…
Can you believe that nearly a year ago, I professed in my Blogiversary post that I could live without pizza forever? What in the world was I thinking???
I’ll tell you what I was thinking…I was thinking there isn’t a pizza joint around me that knows how to make a killer crust.
Once I found the crust that spoke to my heart, I’ve been churning out more pizzas in the last two weeks then I’ve probably eaten in my lifetime.
If you love thin, crispy crust, you have come to the right place. You will looooove this.
I am so in love with this crust, I can’t get enough of it. Come this year’s Blogiversary (11/11/2014), I think you’re going to see a very different “Foods I Can Live Without Forever“ list.
In my defense, can I just say that women are allowed to change their mind? 🙂
You might be wondering “Why is Kristi bringing me a pizza crust now?”
Well, I’m actually setting you guys up for a super simple pizza crust recipe that you can make in 10 minutes or less, so you can have a quick pizza during those busy weeknights that are coming along with the holidays!
So…, let’s recap, shall we?
3 reasons why you will love this Thin Crust Pizza Dough Recipe:
- It doesn’t need time to rise, you use it as soon as you make it.
- It takes 10 minutes or less to put together.
- The crust cooks up thin, crispy and crunchy.
Do not forget to pierce the crust all over with a fork before you pre-bake it, otherwise you get a big balloon size pizza ball that you’ll need to stab the heck out of like this. I wish I would’ve taken a photo when it was the size of a basketball! That’s not something you see come out of the oven often, let me tell you. This is after the panic stabbing occurred.
- ¾ cups warm water
- ½ teaspoon active dry yeast
- 2 cups all-purpose white flour
- 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy Seasoning (*see note)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- + more flour, if necessary
- Place a baking or pizza stone in the middle part of the oven. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, add warm water (should be very warm to the touch, but not so warm that you want to pull your hand away), then add yeast. Stir together until yeast dissolves completely.
- In a separate bowl, add flour, seasoning salt, and sea salt. Mix well. Make a well in the middle of the flour, add the water/yeast mixture. Using a wooden spoon, stir to mix until flour is thoroughly blended in.
- Work dough into a ball, then turn it out onto a floured surface on the counterop. Knead dough until flour is worked throughout the dough. Add additional flour (by the tablespoon) if the dough is sticky. The dough should be pliable to the touch, moist and just slightly tacky.
- Divide the dough in half.
- Using a floured surface, press the dough out flat until approximately ¼" thick. You can use your hands OR a rolling pin to roll out the dough, and you can roll it into a circle or a square, as long as the dough is rolled out thin. Be sure to prick the pizza dough with a fork all over the pizza to prevent it from puffing up in the oven.
- If desired, you can spread your pizza sauce directly onto the dough prior to cooking. (This is how I do it). OR, you can add the sauce after pre-baking the dough.
- Using a pizza peel, transfer the rolled dough into the oven onto the baking stone, and bake 5 minutes. Turn the pizza 180 degrees to prevent hot spots in the oven from burning some of the pizza. Bake another 3 to 5 minutes.
- Using the pizza peel, remove the pre-baked dough from the oven.
- Add toppings as desired.
- Place pizza (with toppings) back into the oven and bake until desired doneness. (This will vary depending on what type of pizza you are making. I baked my pizza with toppings 5 to 7 additional minutes when baking a Buffalo Chicken Pizza.
**This pizza crust recipe makes 2 pizza crusts!
Recipe adapted from Fearless Homemaker @ Homemade Thin Crust Pizza.