Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza Crust

Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 0 mins


  1. Whisk together water, yeast and sugar in a bowl and set aside to proof for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl sift together flour and salt and sprinkle in thyme. Mix eggs into yeast mixture. Pour liquid into dry ingredients and mix until a soft sticky dough forms.
  3. remove dough to a lightly floured surface and knead 5 minutes, until dough is no longer sticky.
  4. Place in a well oiled bowl, turning to coat all sides, cover and allow to rise until doubled in bulk 2 - 3 hours.
  5. Punch dough down and place into a well oiled 12" pizza pan.
  6. using your hands, move dough around the bottom of the pan and 2/3 the way up the sides.
  7. Set aside and let rise 10 minutes.
  8. Brush crust lightly with olive oil and add toppings.
Most Helpful

Great recipe! It turned out wonderful. For those of you wondering about baking time and temperature, I found that 375 degrees for 25 minutes worked out really well.

melinderella December 08, 2009

I liked the crust very much. I should have divided it into two pans though, because the crust was a little too deep and thick, even though I love deep dish pizza. Next time, I'm going to try stuffing cheese in the crust!

littledarmi January 18, 2008

This made an excellent, soft crust. The thyme flavor was very strong, making a uniquely flavored crust. If you are looking for a more neutral crust, I would cut the thyme in half. It's all a matter of preference, of course.

tinajoebob August 13, 2007