Prep 4 hrs 15 mins
Cook 40 mins
*Under Construction* This is restaurant recipe so it makes about 4 pizza crusts. I fixed it up a little to make it easier to understand (hopefully)! Prep time includes rest time.
- 2 cups water
- 0.5 (1/4 ounce) packet yeast (1 1/8 tsp or 1/8 oz)
- 2 teaspoons salt (1/2 oz)
- 7 cups bread flour (2 lb)
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 1⁄4 cup cornmeal
- In a mixer, combine water and yeast, allowing yeast to dissolve. Add the remaining ingredients (except cornmeal) and begin mixing the dough using a dough hook at low speed.
- Once a ball has formed, mix on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes until dough becomes elastic and smooth.
- Remove from the mixer and place in a bowl coated with olive oil. Allow to rest approximately 4 hours.
- Once rested, divid into two portions, place on a flat surface and dust with flour.
- Preheat oven to 425°F Sprinkle the bottoms of two deep baking dishes or deep dish pizza pans (I use 10 inch springform pans) with cornmeal. Spread the dough, using your fingers, at the bottom of the pan making sure to have enough to come up the sides approximately 1/2 inch high.
- Layer first with mozzarella, then tomato sauce and toppings.
- Bake pizza for 30 to 40 minutes or until crispy and golden.
I made this recipe for the photoswap. I had a bit of trouble the first time with the amount of dough only making 2 pizzas. In my second attempt. I halfed the recipe and made it in my bread machine. I made 1 deep dish pizza and spread the remaining dough into a small cookie sheet to make a really thin crust for DH and the kids who don't really like the crust anyway. I thought that it did bake up a bit much compared to the photograph that you had of what a Chicago style crust should look like, but it still tasted good. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)