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I have a few a few pizza crust recipes I use. This is my favorite thick crust recipe. Super easy, very tasty.

Make the crust:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1 Tablespoon active dry yeast

1 cup warm water

1 Tablespoon olive oil

Combine the first 4 dry ingredients. Combine water and oil, then add to the dry ingredients. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer to mix then use the dough hook to knead for about 5 minutes. You can mix by hand then knead on a lightly floured surface until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Grease a bowl and put ball of dough in it. Toss it around to coat. Cover the bowl and let rise 20 minutes. I use the same mixer bowl so I don't dirty another dish. In a rush, I sometimes skip this rise. The dough will still be good, just not as thick.

Grease a 12" or 16" pizza pan and spread dough out with your hands on the pan. Don't use a rolling pin. Top pizza and let rise for 15 more minutes. I've also skipped this rise with success. 

Topping your pizza: Mix 2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil with 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and a dash of salt. Spread oil mixture on crust, especially the edges. Add pizza sauce. Good pizza sauce is a requirement. If you aren't up for making your own, I recommend Trader Joe's pizza sauce. Then add 3/4 to 1 cup of shredded mozzarella and 1/4 cup fresh shredded parmesan.

Bake at 450 degrees for 11-15 minutes.

Do you make your own pizza?

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Comments

  1. Heather says

    mmmmm! You put your toppings on first? Never tried that! Looks yummy, have you ever doubled or tripled it? With two teen age foot ball players, a runner for a husband and 2 daughters, 1 pizza is never enough! 3 is my minimum!

  2. Jenny Fretz says

    Okay- so I am a lurker on so many blogs and a pizza post is what prompts me to comment….Crazy… So I have been using this crust recipe from the book Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a day- It makes 4-5 crusts and can go in the fridge for 14 days I think and gets better as it ages.. But I think you could use any recipe you love– But the coolest thing is- that is what made me want to post is I have been making it on the grill all summer and it is yummy- and I have picky people- two teenage boys and 1,2 and 5 year old….and they all love it- So anyways- I make my crust cook it on medium right on the preheated gas grill grates ( make sure it well floured- flip it and cook it on the other side until it is mostly cooked- take it off and really quickly add my toppings- toss it back on until everything is hot and there we go- I can fit two oddly shaped pizzas on my grill if I have to make more than that I cook the crusts of the second two while I top the first two and then switch…

  3. Amber says

    This looks fantastic! Easy pizza is always a great idea, and I love your pizza dough recipe.
    Thank you!
    I found your post through Tatertots & Jello Weekend-wrap-up

  4. says

    Love this & the photo..What kind of Camera do you use?? I’m searching for a new camera that gives great close ups/details..Yours is beautiful!!
    Barb