Homemade Thin Crust Pizza Recipe

These thin crust pizza recipe is very simple to make. The dough comes together in just a few minutes and doesn’t need time to rise!

Homemade Thin Crust Pizza Recipe
Homemade Thin Crust Pizza Recipe

The key to great pizza is of course the crust. I make pizza at home at least once a week, so you can be sure this recipe comes to you after years of very meticulous cooking tests!

Plus, the fact that this dough comes together in minutes and doesn’t need time to get up means that you can have pizza for dinner any night of the week. It’s really simple and quick, which is why we think it’s the best thin crust pizza dough for a home cook on a weekday night.

This crust has a good crunch, but is flexible enough to fold in half if necessary. The sweet wheat flavor is a nice backdrop for any toppings you want to layer.

Since we keep the crust on the thinner side, this dough does not need time to rise. You roll it after having kneaded it briefly and let it rest on the counter while you prepare the toppings. When it goes in the oven, the heat gives the bread a quick rise, so it will still have a bit of chewing when you bite it.

That said, letting the dough rise a little or even refrigerating it overnight gives the dough even more flavor and a crackling crust. When kneading is finished, let it rise until doubled, divide it in half and store the dough balls in separate containers. When you’re ready to make your pizza, take the dough out of the fridge and let it warm up a bit while you prepare the toppings – about 10 minutes should do it.

Tester’s Notes

I never knew that a simple pizza dough could be so versatile, but it really is. By cutting a corner and skipping the climb, this baked crust straddles the line between crisp and soft. Baked on the back of a preheated baking sheet, this thin crust is deceptively solid – solid enough to hold traditional fillings or a jam brush and a loop of prosciutto to serve as fancy flatbread at your next dinner. If you have an hour or less, this is the last minute pizza for family and friends.

Homemade Thin Crust Pizza Recipe

These thin crust pizza recipe is very simple to make. The dough comes together in just a few minutes and doesn’t need time to rise!

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided

For the toppings:

  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce, such as classic red sauce or a white sauce
  • 1 to 2 cups cheese: one or a combination of shredded mozzarella, provolone, Parmesan, fontina, romano, and asiago cheese
  • Topping options: sautéed onions or mushrooms, sliced red peppers, pepperoni, cooked sausage, cooked bacon, etc.

Instructions

  • Place a wire rack in the lower third of the oven, place a baking sheet on the wire rack and heat to 450 ° F. Meanwhile, make the dough.
  • Pour the water into a medium bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let stand until the yeast is dissolved and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the flour and salt. Mix with a rigid spatula or a wooden spoon until a floury and shaggy dough forms. Turn the dough over on a work surface and knead until it forms a smooth, slightly sticky ball that bounces when you prick it, 5 to 8 minutes. If the dough sticks to your hands like chewing gum, add a tablespoon of flour at a time until it is easier to work with; avoid adding too much flour if possible.
  • Cover the dough with the bowl upside down or a clean cloth and let sit while you prepare the pizza toppings, about 10 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces. Work with one piece of dough at a time, stretch or roll into a thin 10 to 12 inch round. Form from the middle of the dough outward, using the heel of your hand to gently press and stretch the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick or less. For an extra fine crust, roll it with a rolling pin. If the dough begins to shrink, let it sit for 5 minutes, then try rolling it again.
  • Carefully remove the preheated baking sheet from the oven and place it upside down on a rack. Transfer the dough directly to the baking sheet upside down. Brush the dough with 1 teaspoon of oil. Spread 1/4 cup sauce in a thin layer on the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Sprinkle over cheese and other toppings.
  • Bake in the oven until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted and golden in places, 8 to 12 minutes. Remove the pizza from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Repeat with the rest of the dough and the toppings.

Recipe Notes

  • Storage: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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