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Perfect Crispy Pizza Crust

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This pizza crust recipe is so light and fluffy you’ll love every bite!  Used for pizza, garlic knots, or calzones this pizza crust is so good you’ll never need take out again.

If I had known how easy pizza crust was to make at home I would have saved a lot of money! This pizza crust recipe is so light and fluffy you'll love every bite!

Recently I saw a commercial that announced that Pizza Hut’s stuffed crust pizza was 20 years old.  Wait.  What?  I can remember the very first time I first took a bite of that delicious, fluffy, cheesy goodness.  I was never one of those people who ate the crust first, though.  I was that smart kid who saved the best for last.  And usually ended up dunking it in extra marinara or garlic sauce.  Like a winner.

Unfortunately today’s recipe does not involve a cheesy stuffed crust but wouldn’t you know that’s the first thing my sister suggested when she tasted it?  And I’m so taking her up on it the next time I whip up this bad boy.  It’s one of the few doughs I don’t make in a bread maker these days because it’s just that easy!  You could use this for calzones, garlic knots, bread sticks, pan pizza.  Whatever your little pizza loving heart desires.

If I had known how easy pizza crust was to make at home I would have saved a lot of money! This pizza crust recipe is so light and fluffy you'll love every bite!

I doused mine in olive oil because…olive oil.  Then I sprinkled it with garlic and basil and oregano and it took this soft, tender crust to the absolute next level.  Top it with whatever your favorites are.  I used my favorite pizza sauce and a six cheese Italian blend on this go ’round but I also love bbq sauce, chicken, and shredded mozzarella.  Or white sauce, parmesan cheese, and Italian sausage.  Or pepperoni.  Or filled to bursting with ricotta, ham, and mozzarella and folded over in calzone-y goodness like I did with these grilled calzones.  Or turned into bite sized pizza poppers perfect for popping or dunking!  Basically, you can use this dough for whatever strikes your fancy and then be in pizza heaven forever and ever!  And ever!

If I had known how easy pizza crust was to make at home I would have saved a lot of money! This pizza crust recipe is so light and fluffy you'll love every bite!

This dough keeps in the fridge for up to a week and in the freezer for up to a month {arguably my favorite part}.  Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then place it in a plastic bag, pull it out of the fridge or freezer and let it come to room temperature before trying to shape your dough.  I prefer to cook this on a pizza stone (aff) for an extra crispy crust but it can be tricky for homemade pizza newbs because you’re supposed to heat the stone first.  But if you can do it without burning off your fingerprints props to you!  You’ll never need another pizza dough recipe again!

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Meaghan

If I had known how easy pizza crust was to make at home I would have saved a lot of money! This pizza crust recipe is so light and fluffy you'll love every bite!

Perfect Crispy Pizza Crust

Yield: 2 pizzas
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 Tbs yeast
  • ½ Tbs salt
  • 5 cups flour, divided
  • 4 Tbs olive oil, 2 for each pizza

Instructions

  1. Mix warm water and yeast and let sit for five minutes until yeast proofs.
  2. Add 2½ cups flour to proofed yeast and stir until combined.
  3. Mix together salt and remaining flour then in the bowl of a stand mixer fixed with a dough hook combine yeast/flour mixture with remaining flour/salt mixture adding in ½ cup increments.
  4. Mix on low speed until dough forms a ball.
  5. Place in a well oiled bowl, cover with olive oil, and allow dough to rise for 30 minutes to an hour or until dough has doubled in size.
  6. Separate dough into two equal parts and refrigerate 2nd half if desired.
  7. Stretch into your pizza shape and top with desired toppings.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is baked through and crispy on the edges.

 

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Lorrie

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Hi, What size pizzas does this recipe make? Thanks

Meaghan

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

This usually makes about 3 roughly 12" pizzas.