Homemade Thin-Crust Pizza Dough Recipe

My family and I love pizza and love making it even more! Of course, you can buy a ready-made pizza, but it’s not the same as making your own. I might be biased, but I think Homemade Thin-Crust Pizza Dough tastes better than any store-bought pizza dough! It’s hard not to make your own pizza dough because it is so easy and requires only a few ingredients. Active dry yeast, water, sugar, flour, and salt, that’s it! No proofing or rising is required as this pizza dough is for a thin-crust pizza. That’s what makes this recipe so fast! Be sure to check out my Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza. Enjoy! white dough on black textile

Equipment Needed

  • Small bowl
  • Large bowl
  • Pastry mat (optional)

Ingredients

  • Yeast- Make sure you use active dry yeast. This helps the dough slightly as it is a leavening agent. Although, we won’t let this dough rise too much as it is a thin-crust pizza dough.
  • Sugar- Adding sugar to the active dry yeast speeds up the process as the yeast has something to “eat”.
  • Water- Adding warm water (100-110°F) to active dry yeast activates the yeast.
  • Flour- The base for the pizza dough. I recommend measuring the flour with a kitchen scale.
  • Salt- Adding salt to the pizza dough helps strengthen the dough.

How to Make Homemade Thin-Crust Pizza Dough

  1. Add the yeast, sugar, and warm water to a small bowl. Let it sit for 8-10 minutes, or until bubbly.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour and salt. Pour in the yeast mixture and stir until well combined.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface or pastry mat and knead for 2 minutes. If the dough becomes sticky, add a small amount of flour.
two uncooked pizzas sitting on top of a counter
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If you are making a pizza right away, roll it out into a circle or wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator to be used at a later time. Enjoy!

Tips

  • Yeast- If your yeast does not bubble after 8-10 minutes, it is inactive and needs to be thrown out.
  • Warm water- Use a cooking thermometer to make sure your water is between 100-110°F.
  • Flour- Use a kitchen scale to measure your flour. 1 cup of all-purpose flour is approximately 120 grams.
  • Bake- When you are ready to bake the pizza crust, bake it on a pizza stone at 475°F for 10-15 minutes.

How to Store

If you would like to make the pizza dough ahead of time, you can wrap the dough in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. This pizza dough can also be stored in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 3-4 months. If storing in the freezer, make sure to thaw the dough in the refrigerator overnight before using.

Pizza Ideas

Conclusion

Mastering the art of Homemade Thin-Crust Pizza Dough is a journey that allows you to customize your pizza experience. With the right ingredients, techniques, and a sprinkle of passion, you can create the perfect crispy base for your favorite toppings. Elevate your pizza nights with a taste of authentic, homemade goodness.

FAQ

Can I use all-purpose flour instead of bread flour for thin-crust pizza dough?

Yes, you can substitute all-purpose flour, but the result may be slightly different. Bread flour’s higher protein content lends a chewy texture, whereas all-purpose flour may yield a crisper crust.

How long does the dough need to rise?

Typically, the dough needs to rise for about 1-2 hours or until it doubles in size. However, the time may vary based on the yeast used, room temperature, and dough recipe.

Can I freeze the pizza dough for later use?

Absolutely! After the dough has risen and been portioned, you can freeze it for future use. Just thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before rolling it out.

What are some creative toppings for a thin-crust pizza?

Thin-crust pizzas are versatile! Try toppings like fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, cherry tomatoes, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze for a delightful twist.

How do I achieve a charred crust without burning the pizza?

To achieve a slightly charred crust without burning the pizza, preheat your oven or pizza stone to the highest temperature and bake the pizza for a shorter duration.

Can I use a stand mixer for kneading the dough?

Yes, a stand mixer with a dough hook can be used for kneading the dough. It can make the process easier and less labor-intensive.

Homemade Thin-Crust Pizza Dough

Recipe by MamaCourse: DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Calories

150

kcal
Total time

20

minutes

This homemade thin-crust pizza dough is thin, crispy, and easy to make. Ready in under 30 minutes, this thin-crust pizza dough is great for a busy weeknight!

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp active dry yeast

  • 1/4 tsp granulated sugar

  • 3/4 cup warm water (100-110°F)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions

  • Add the yeast, sugar, and warm water to a small bowl. Let it sit for 8-10 minutes, or until bubbly.
  • In a large bowl, add flour and salt. Pour in the yeast mixture and stir until well combined.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface or pastry mat and knead for 2 minutes. If the dough becomes sticky, add a small amount of flour.
  • If you are making a pizza right away, roll it out into a circle or wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator to be used at a later time. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Yeast- If your yeast does not bubble after 8-10 minutes, it is inactive and needs to be thrown out.
  • Warm water- Use a cooking thermometer to make sure your water is between 100-110°F.
  • Flour- Use a kitchen scale to measure your flour. 1 cup of all-purpose flour is approximately 120 grams.
  • Bake- When you are ready to bake the pizza crust, bake it on a pizza stone at 475°F for 10-15 minutes.

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