Homemade Thin Crust Pizza Dough

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    Homemade Thin Pizza Dough

    I like making my own pizza dough, in fact I think homemade pizzas made from scratch are the best. I will tell you why because you can control what all put in according to your taste and preference. I don’t like cheese, I mean I like it but not in the quantity it is added in pizzas and pastas in US. So whenever we ate pizzas outside I could hardly finish them, thanks to literally 5 layer of cheese in every slice!

    And that’s when I decided that if I want to eat pizzas then I need to learn how to make them at home. That’s the way it should be, isn’t it? If you love something and want to eat it, simply learn how to make it at home after all homemade is always the best. I have baked a number of pizzas in last 3 years (that you can see looking at my old pizza pan!!) but have only 1 recipe on the blog because I didn’t use to blog before and sometimes I was just lazy to click pictures and post.

    The most important part of pizza making is obviously the dough. There are so many recipes and so many ways to make it. I have tried a lot of them personally but this recipe makes one of the best pizza dough and it’s so easy to make. There’s no rising time! How awesome is that! It means you can eat the pizza without having to wait hours for the dough to rise.

    Thin Crust Pizza Dough

    I am big fan of thin crust pizzas. It’s a personal choice, I know people who do not like thin crust at all. Even though I do like thin crust pizza I do not want it to be super crispy like a cracker. It should be little chewy as well. Once I had a thin crust pizza which felt like I was eating crackers. Not good I tell you. I think this recipe for pizza dough fits the bill perfectly as it has all that I want in a good pizza crust.

    1. It is so easy to make. There’s no rising time, yay!

    2. It results in a thin crust which is also a little chewy.

    3. You can freeze the dough and have homemade pizza whenever you want to. Bonus!

    I have to mention here that using a) pizza stone and b) bread flour results in a crispier pizza crust. Unfortunately I don’t have a pizza stone and I ran out of bread flour the day I made these so they were not as crispy as I would have liked them to be. Do use your pizza stone if you have it. I have been thinking of getting one for so long but I keep delaying it just because I don’t have anymore space left in my kitchen or my apartment to keep my cooking/baking stuff. It is overflowing, literally.

    This recipe makes two 10 inch thin crust pizza. I used only one dough and kept the other dough in the freezer.

    And I made this veggie pesto pizza using the crust, so good! Recipe of this pizza will be up on the blog soon. πŸ˜€

    Thin Crust Pizza

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    Method

    In a bowl whisk together all purpose flour and salt. Set aside.

    In a glass container take warm water and add sugar and active dryΒ yeast to it. Stir and let it sit for 5 minutes. Β [Do use warm and NOT hot water, around 110 F degrees is good].

    After 5Β minutes, you will see froth on top, this means yeast is activated. If there are no bubbles/froth, discard the water and start over again.

    Homemade Thin Pizza Crust-Recipe-Step-1Add the water-yeast mixture to the flour, mixing as you add with a wooden spoon or spatula.

    Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface.

    Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes till all flour is incorporated. The dough will be smooth, soft and spring back when you poke it.

    Homemade Thin Pizza Crust-Recipe-Step-2Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

    Roll each dough thinly into a round (or any shape you want) of 1/4 inch thickness. At this point you can also freeze one dough if not using it right now.

    Transfer rolled dough to a baking pan lined with parchment paper or sprinkled with cornmeal. You can also use pizza stone here.

    Homemade Thin Pizza Crust-Recipe-Step-3Now spread the sauce, topping and cheese of your choice. Bake at 500 F degrees for 5 minutes and then rotate the pan 180 degree and bake for another 3-4 minutes till the cheese is all bubbly and melted.

    Homemade Thin Crust Pizza Dough

    * It’s a good idea to preheat oven for at least 30 minutes before you put pizza in the oven to bake.

    Recipe Adapted from The Kitchn

    Homemade Thin Crust Pizza Dough

    Serves: Two 10 inch thin crust pizza

    Homemade Thin Crust Pizza Dough. So easy, so good!
    Ingredients
    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
    • ΒΌ teaspoon granulated sugar
    • ΒΎ cup warm water
    Instructions
    1. In a bowl whisk together all purpose flour and salt. Set aside.
    2. In a glass container take warm water and add sugar and active dry yeast to it. Stir and let it sit for 5 minutes. [Do use warm and NOT hot water, around 110 F degrees is good].
    3. After 5 minutes, you will see froth on top, this means yeast is activated. If there are no bubbles/froth, discard the water and start over again.
    4. Add the water-yeast mixture to the flour, mixing as you add with a wooden spoon or spatula.
    5. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface.
    6. Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes till all flour is incorporated.
    7. The dough will be smooth, soft and spring back when you poke it.
    8. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
    9. Roll each dough thinly into a round (or any shape you want) of ¼ inch thickness. At this point you can also freeze one dough if not using it right now.
    10. Transfer rolled dough to a baking pan lined with parchment paper or sprinkled with cornmeal. You can also use pizza stone here.
    11. Preheat oven to 500 F degrees.
    12. Now spread the sauce, topping and cheese of your choice.
    13. Bake at 500 F degrees for 5 minutes and then rotate the pan 180 degree and bake for another 3-4 minutes till the cheese is all bubbly and melted.
    14. Slice and serve.

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    26 thoughts on “Homemade Thin Crust Pizza Dough

    1. Thin crust pizza is my favorite, too! I’ve made homemade dough before, but only have tried a deep dish version. This thin crust looks incredible, Manali! I will definitely be trying this out. And I love that you can freeze this for whenever the pizza cravings strike!

    2. I like pizza with just about any crust, but I agree that a thin and super crispy crust that is cracker-like is not my fave. I love that this is thin, but still chewy! That’s totally perfect! I’ll have to try this since it’s no-rise and I can probably handle that. Lol! Looks delicious!

    3. Yes! Another fan of thin crust pizza πŸ™‚ I love thin crust pizza and used to get it all the time in college at my dinning hall. Every time we ordered out for a school event and had to decide between the local Chicago deep-dish pizza place or thin pizza, I always went with the thin pizza πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing this recipe! I haven’t made thin pizza myself but am excited to try it with this crust recipe. The last picture of the pizza after baking looks delicious (hello cheese and pesto!), and reminds me of college when I used to have these on the reg. πŸ™‚

    4. Manali,

      This recipe is superb! A crispy, thin crust pizza dough without rising time was something on my “bucket list.” I made this today and it is very difficult to express with words how delicious it was.

      Next is your naan bread recipe and the other Indian dishes because my family loves that cuisine.

      Best wishes for a happy new year.

      1. Hello Chuck, thank you so much for taking out the time to leave your feedback. I’m so glad to hear you liked the recipe, this is my favorite pizza dough recipe too – easy and delicious! πŸ™‚ Wish you a wonderful 2016!

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