Thin Crust Pizza Dough

2015-05-06
  • Yield : 3 12" crusts
  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 1:30 h
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 1:45 h

Authentic Southern Italian pizza is made with a crisp, thin, crust. In the United States it is associated with New York-style pizza. The original American pizza made by Italian immigrants in New York City.

As pizza traveled west, the crust became thicker and the pizza bigger and heavier culminating in high calorie, deep-dish Chicago-style pizza.

I like thin and medium crust. Americans obtain too many calories from breads including pizza crust. Homemade pizza dough and crust has a flavor and texture unlike pizzeria and frozen pizzas. It is focaccia with toppings which is the predecessor to Naples pizza. Yummy!

Thick Crust Pizza

If you like thin crust pizza, this recipe for thin crust pizza dough produces a dough you can easily stretch by hand to about 1/8th inch (3 mm) without tearing. If desired, you can use a rolling pin for uniform thickness. The crust will rise during baking to about 1/4 inch (6 mm).

Thin Crust Pizza Margherita

The secret to this recipe is using high protein unbleached bread flour to make a very stiff dough you can easily stretch by hand without flouring or oiling your hands. This is the opposite to the soft dough in my Basic Stand Mixer Dough recipe used for focaccia and medium crust pizza. Since flour protein content varies by region, some high protein all-purpose flours may also work in this recipe or you can use half all-purpose flour and half bread flour.

Thin crust pizzas take only 15 to 20 minutes at 425°F to producing a crisp, browned crust. Medium crust pizzas can take up to 30 minutes. The shorter baking time also reduces mozzarella browning.

Personal Pizzas

This recipe makes enough dough for 8 10-inch or 11 8-inch personal pizzas like the one pictured below.

Artichoke-Oven Dried Tomato-Personal Pizza

Cook’s Tip:

  • If you prefer using instant yeast, add it to the flour with the other ingredients.
  • Thin crusts can become soggy is you cover it with a lot of tomato sauce. For crisp crusts, add tomato sauce after the mozzarella. This not only helps maintain a crisp crust, but also prevent the mozzarella from burning.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (520 g) unbleached bread flour
  • 1 package active dry yeast (1/4 oz. , 7 g)
  • About 2 cups warm water (105°F, 40°C)
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive or vegetable oil

Method of Preparation

Step 1

Stir yeast and sugar into 1 cup (240 ml) of warm water. Proof 5 minutes to assure yeast is active.

Step 2

Add flour, salt, oil, and water with yeast to your stand mixer bowl and attach the dough hook. Begin mixing on low until most of the flour is wet. Add water gradually. Increase speed to manufacturers recommendation for bread dough. Dough should form a ball clearing the sides of the bowl. Add flour if necessary. Kneed dough 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 3

Remove dough from hook. It should be stiff and not sticky. Add a little oil to the bowl and coat the dough and bowl with oil. Cover and proof 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.

Step 4

Divide dough into three pieces and place on 12 to 14 inch pizza pans or baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Use both hands to stretch dough into a 12-inch circle.

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    350
  • Calories from Fat

    50
  • Total Fat

    6g
  • Saturated Fat

    0g
  • Trans Fat

    0g
  • Cholesterol

    0mg
  • Sodium

    190mg
  • Carbohydrates

    64g
  • Dietary Fiber

    0g
  • Sugar

    0g
  • Protein

    9g
  • Serving Size:

    1/6th recipe - crust only