Pizza dough is about as close to an artist’s blank canvas as it comes.  Just gaze at this simple, supple dough and let your mind wonder… what do you see?

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I love a good pizza but rarely find one that fits my tastes just right.  My dream pie has a thin but not cracker-like crust. Edges are crunchy and though the center is thin, it has enough stamina to hold up substantial toppings with a buckle but not a complete flop.  Crust flavor is evident but not too flour-y, not too paste-y and definitely not punched up with herbs.

Could these pizza particularities be the reason I have yet to find a pizza delivery that satisfies? If you relate to most or all of my pie-in-the-sky dreams, you will like this recipe.  After years of being less than thrilled, I will now stop my search for a better recipe.  I’ve made this a few times and have honed it to my liking.   I can’t promise it is the best of the best of the best IF you are willing to spend a ton of time making your pizza dough.  (This recipe from 101 Cookbooks looks amazing but requires an overnight and I often don’t plan ahead that much.)  If you want a delicious, quick and easy dough that can be made in a few hours and kept in your freezer, this is it.

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie… That’s Amore.

Easy Pizza Dough (Thin Crust Pizza)
Yields: 2, 14-inch pizzas

1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon honey
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
cornmeal, for sprinkling

Warm water should be about 100 degrees. Stir in honey and yeast. Let stand for 10 minutes, yeast should be foamy. Put flour and salt in a large bowl and whisk together. Add the yeast mixture and stir. Add olive oil and combine. Using a dough hook or by hand, knead the dough for 10 minutes until it is stiff but smooth and elastic. You should not need much additional flour. If you do, add a teaspoon at a time. Cover the bowl and let it rest in a warm place for 30-60 minutes. I usually fill my sink with 2 inches of hot water, place a dish towel over the bowl and sit it in the water.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

After 30-45 minutes dough should be considerably larger. Split the dough in half. (dough may be frozen, see below) I like to lightly flour a piece of parchment paper, press the dough into a circle on the paper and then place the parchment directly on my pizza stone to par-bake the dough. If you don’t have parchment, you can press the dough on a pizza peel sprinkled with cornmeal and transfer to a pizza stone in the oven. OR, just press out the dough directly onto your greased pizza pan or cookie sheet.

Before placing the dough in the oven, prick it with a fork all over to avoid large air pockets. Put the dough in the hot oven for 10 minutes. It should not be brown but it will be firm in the center.

Top the pizza with your favorite sauce and toppings. Find ideas here and here. I suggest brushing the edges with olive oil. Put it back in the oven for 10-20 more minutes or until cheese is bubbly and crust is slightly browned.

FREEZING DOUGH
To freeze dough rub olive oil on the round ball of dough and put in individual plastic freezer bags and in the freezer. Let thaw overnight in the fridge or on the counter before using.

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39 Responses to “The Best, Easy Thin Crust Pizza Dough”

  1. LoveFeast Table Says:

    Please tell me this is what I’ve been searching for! I love to make pizza on the grill for dinner parties in the summer and have not found “THE” recipe! (I went on strike and just buy Trader Joe’s pre-done dough balls.)
    I’ll be forever indebted if this is it!
    ~kristin

  2. Maddie Says:

    I love the idea of pizza crust hanging out in my freezer, waiting to be whipped (ha, ha) quickly into dinner on a busy night. It’s great to discover meal ideas that are fast without being uninspired or unsatisfying, as quick suppers tend to be!

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  4. Heather @ chiknpastry Says:

    i agree with you – there is something about a slab of fresh dough that brings about all sorts of ideas! i do love making pizza and have tried a number of recipes with my favorite being similar to this but with 1 cup of whole wheat flour instead of all of the ap flour.

  5. Aimee @ Simple Bites Says:

    Yes please! Thanks for the reminder that it’s been WAY too long since I’ve made pizza.

  6. CompletelyPizza.com Says:

    OOh, this looks good. I like any crust that has honey as an ingredient. I definitely gives this a try. Thank you!

  7. Natasha A. Says:

    I have the crust baking right now, and the toppings all waiting to be put on! I had the yeast do its thing, but instead of putting it in a mixer (cause I don’t have one) I used my breadmaker! I’ll let you know how it turns out! :D

  8. Natasha A. Says:

    mmmm so good!! We made a bbq sauce, roasted chicken, apple slices, and cheddar cheese pizza! So good!

  9. James Says:

    hmmmm making crust vs buying crust. I’ll have to try this to see which is better. Thanks for sharing

  10. The Beach Barn Says:

    Your blog never lets me down…I just LOVE it! : D

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  14. Larry Says:

    Yes please! Thanks for the reminder that it’s been WAY too long since I’ve made pizza.

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  17. Jill Says:

    This crust turned out so good!!!! Thank you for sharing. Check out some of the recipes for toppings on my website, they work well with this dough!

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    Simple enough dough recipe! I tried it out, and, it is awesome! Next time, I don’t have to buy crust anymore!

  20. Ashlei Says:

    Hi there I had a question about the dough, when it was done resting I pulled it out of the bowl to separate and it deflated back to it’s original size. I added a little more flour let it rest again and just prepared and cooked as normal. We ended up having an 8-9 in thick crust pizza it was delicious, but am still puzzled why it deflated. Any ideas? Thanks!

  21. Caroline Says:

    Ashlei, That is normal. When you work with dough that has risen, it does deflate again to make flat pizza. I don’t really know the science of it all but it doesn’t stay poofy. The air that is trapped in there I guess gets released making flat pizza whereas with a loaf of bread, you cook it when inflated and that keeps a tall, fluffy loaf. Glad you liked the pizza.

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    I agree with most posts about this crust!! Way easy so yummy kids love to beat up the crust easy way to relieve anxiety nice to taste result I use an 18 in round pizza pan its just the right amount thank you for sharing will use again n again

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  27. acpand5 Says:

    I just had to add – Best crust I’ve ever made! I add rosemary, garlic, and pizza seasoning to the crust, just for added ideas.
    Thanks

  28. acpand5 Says:

    One more thing…. I made this last week and did freeze one of the half’s. It also turned out perfect.

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  31. Lee Says:

    I, like you live pizza but have never found the perfect crust. I compare pizza to the pizza I grew up eating in Corpus Christi, TX . At a place called panjo’s pizza. I have come close to it but have never found a pizzeria that offers such amazing pizza! This is my second time attempting to make my own crust and 1st time using this recipe. Fingers crossed! I will let you know how it all turns out!

  32. Lee Says:

    Ok…. I have finally found a thin crust!!!! So good! I froze the other half. I precooked the crust about 8 minutes then added the toppings and cooked for 8 minutes, then removed it from the pizza pan and finished cooking directly on the oven rack for another 4 to 5 minutes! Thank you for posting this!

  33. Naomi Says:

    I love this recipe. I have made it several times and it is my go to Pizza crust now. Thank you!

  34. Kahea Says:

    This pizza crust is AMAZING!! Thank you so much for sharing! :D

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    Thank you for sharing your pizza dough recipe! It was the best crust recipe I have come across. I have madelyn but never one as perfect as this. My family really enjoyed it.

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