Chicago-Style Butter and Garlic Pizza Crust

READY IN: 2hrs 10mins
YIELD: 1 pizza




  • In large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm water.
  • Add 1/4 cup flour and the sugar, stir together.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  • Stir the remaining 1 cup lukewarm water, 3 cups flour, the cornmeal and salt into the yeast mixture.
  • Combine the butter and garlic; mix into the dough.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until soft and elastic, 10-12 minutes.
  • Lightly grease a large bowl, add the dough and turn to coat.
  • Cover and set in a warm place until the dough is doubled in size, 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down, then knead for 2-3 minutes.
  • Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan, then press in dough to cover the bottom and 2 inches up the sides; let rise for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
  • Top the pizza dough with your favorite toppings.
  • Lower the oven to 450 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.