Recipe by Terri Crooks
I experimented with a great recipe for dough, #70165, I use both now because sometimes I want my pizza "super" thin and other times just thin. Special note, I learned that when dealing with yeast it is important to have everything at room temperature, or slightly warm. This includes all ingredients, utensils, and bowls. I also use a great pizza sauce recipe, #114392. (It calls for tomato paste but I sometimes use just all tomato sauce. I like my pizza saucy!)
Top Review by chinfl
I'''ve been making pizza for years and years and generally get rave reviews for my output. However, I wanted a thinner crust so I tried this recipe and followed the ingredient list and instruction to a T. The end product was a THICK crust and almost like a pita bread. The only thing I can think of is that I used too much yeast. I'll give it one more try, but thus far I'm very disappointed.
- 1⁄4 ounce active dry yeast
- 1⁄4 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup warm water (110 - 115 degrees)
- 2 1⁄2 cups bread flour
- 4 tablespoons cornmeal (plus some to sprinkle on greased pizza pan)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Directions See How It's Made
- Mix sugar & warm water, (I use a warm glass measuring cup) add yeast, stir, wait 10 minutes til a foam forms on top. Pour into large warm bowl, (rinse outside of bowl with warm water first).
- Add 1 1/2 cups of the flour, salt, and olive oil. Stir with wooden spoon until smooth and still a bit sticky. (Add flour only as needed to get a smooth dough that is still a bit sticky.) Put some flour on hands and spread rest on a wooden cutting board. Put dough on board and knead. I didn't know how to knead bread so I went to u-tube, the proper way is to use the heel of your hand to push the dough forward, then fold it over, rotate it a 1/4 turn and repeat. It also says to do this as quickly as possible, and DO NOT over knead it. 5 - 8 minutes is the most it ever takes. You will need to add flour, from the board, every so often because the dough is still a bit sticky, but again only as needed. You want to achive a moderately stiff dough, that is smooth and elastic.
- Put dough in a warm, greased bowl, cover with warm towel,and let rise 30 minutes. In the winter I put the whole bowl in my sink with some warm water because the air is chilly. After 30 minutes, remove the dough, divide it in half. Grease a pizza pan, and sprinkle with corn meal. Smooth the 1/2 dough ball onto your greased pizza pan, be patient you have to spread it really thin! , add sauce, mozzerella and toppings of your choice. Bake at 450 degrees 10 - 15 minutes. I actually use a Pizzaz pizza cooker and it works great. If you don't make 2 pizzas you can freeze the other in a ziploc bag. Be sure to grease it first, to keep it from sticking to the bag. It thaws quickly, with an hour or so.