Perfect Pizza Crust

"Wonderful, chewey pizza crust. Makes one generous 16 inch pizza or 4 or more calzones."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins
1 16 inch Pizza




  • Dissolve yeast, brown sugar in warm water; allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in salt and olive oil.
  • Mix in 3 cups of flour or enough to form a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a well floured surface and knead in more flour until dough is barely sticky to the touch.
  • Place dough into a oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Let dough rise until doubled, punch down and form into a tight ball. Allow dough to relax for 5 minutes prior to stretching and rolling into desired shapes.
  • Brush lightly with olive oil, pierce with a fork all over dough and par bake crust at 425 for 5 minutes.
  • Add desired toppings and bake for approximately 10 minutes or until desired level of doness is reached.
  • Allow to cool for 4-5 minutes prior to cutting to allow cheese to set.

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  1. pattikay in L.A.
    This is a wonderful crust and I plan to make it again. I made one large pizza and the crust was crispy on the outside and had a wonderful chewy texture and great taste. The dough was nice and responsive and easy to spread in the pan after it rose. Thanks for sharing!
  2. MarthaRN
    We really enjoyed this recipe. I used my Kitchenaid mixer and just let the dough rise right in the mixing bowl. I forgot to brush the crust with the oil prior to par baking but I don't think it mattered. The crust was really good, crusty on the edges and nice and chewy on the inside. I used 3 1/2 cups of flour and it was really easy to work with. I'll use this one over and over. Thanks
  3. Leopardstripes
    Ok, Kit_Kat- you're right, it is the PERFECT crust! There was more dough than I'd use for a single 16", but that's ok- we made cheesy bread with the excess- texture was light, bubbly, crisp on the outside, and chewy/tender on the inside. Absolutely perfect! Thanx! :)
  4. Ghadah A.
    I made this today and i expected it to be perfect but i don't know what went wrong, when i saw underneath the pizza it was whiter than ever! and it wasn't crusty on the edges and chewy on the insides.. could someone tell me what did I do wrong? even though I did exactly like the directions told me to...
  5. Peppermint Wind
    My family loved this recipe! I doubled the recipe and made it exactly as written. Perfect texture combination if soft/chewy. I think it could use a bit more salt and brown sugar for our tastes. Next time I'll substitute half whole wheat pastry flour and see if it still holds the perfect texture. This will be our go- to pizza crust recipe! Thank you!


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