Thin Pizza Crust

"From "A Taste of Italy" Cookbook. This is my all time favorite pizza dough. It can be used as either thin which is our favorite or for a thicker crust. I have even used it to make grilled pizzas when it was too hot to turn on the oven. Hope you try it. It is a little time consuming but it is so worth it. I can make 2,12 inch pizzas 1, 17 inch pizza, or 8, 5 inch pizzas from this recipe."
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Ready In:
2hrs 32mins
2 pizz crusts


  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 14 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 14 cups water (110 degrees)
  • 1 12 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 12 - 4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal


  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let proof for 5 minutes or until foamy. Can use rapid rise yeast.
  • Stir in salt, oil, and 2 cups of flour. Mix well.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups flour: stir until a sticky ball forms.
  • Knead 5 minuted on flour surface until smooth and elastic. Coat with cooking spray, place in a bowl and cover.
  • Let rise 30 minutes for thicker dough, and 2 hours for thinner dough.
  • After rising time punch down. Thinner crust divide in half. If thicker crust use all of dough. let rest 10 minutes.
  • Dust pizza pan with cornmeal. Flatten dough on pan; gently pulling and stretching to fit pan, if it resists let dough rest another 5 minutes.
  • Brush with oil. Take a fork and pierce dough several times to keep dough from forming air pockets. Bake for 7 minutes.
  • Take dough out and put you favorite topping on and then continue baking for another 7 to 10 minutes.
  • If you want to make grilled pizza I usually make small individual pizzas that way everyone can add their own topping from an array of ingredients. Place flattened dough on grill for about 5 minutes flip and add all ingredients for pizza. cook until cheese is melted and bottom of crust is crispy.

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  1. Genuinely one of the best pizzas I've had in my life. It was properly crunchy, since I cooked the base itself for about a minute before putting the toppings on. I also added about half a teaspoon of crushed garlic and oregano. Big thanks for this! I finally have a proper recipe to go back to when I crave a pizza!
  2. This is a really good basic pizza crust. It came together easily. I skipped the cornmeal, and instead baked my pizzas on a silicone pan liner. I made 1 1/2 times the recipe amount and got enough dough to make two 15x10 rectangular pizzas, with a little bit of dough leftover, which I made into 4 small calzones. I used part bread flour, part all-purpose, and got a little bit of a chewier crust by kneading the dough longer to really develop the gluten. I then let it rise for 45 minutes. I rolled it out to fit my pans, trimmed the edges, and it baked up beautifully. From one husker to another, thanks Huskergirl! Made for ZWT4.


Hello, I am a married, no little ones, but great DH and 3 cats. Grew up in rural Nebraska with a family who loves to cook and eat. Trying to be healthier these days and lose some lbs. I do a lot of batch cooking (not quite OAMC). I am trying to get my sister to do it, she has 4 boys (14 to 6) very active and a husband. I love to collect recipes and cookbooks. I have decided that I am going to try to a new recipe each week. That will be 52 new things done this year. MY RATING SYSTEM: 5 stars: recipes that I or DH personally like . These will include recipes that I may have added or subtracted ingredients for personal tastes. 4 stars: recipes that I or DH thought was good & would eat if served to us, probably will not make again without changes. 3 stars: This is a dish that looks good but the flavor just is not there. More than likely will not make again 2 stars: Not our tastes at all. Not to say this recipe is not good just not for us. 1 star: I think that the we would have to end up in the hospital to give a 1 star rating, but will see how it goes. ZAAR WORLD TOUR 4 <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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