Perfect Pizza Crust

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Everyone needs a good pizza crust recipe in their collection, and this one is my favorite!  

I’ve been making homemade pizzas with my mom, ever since I was little. Once I got married, my husband requested them just about every weekend! But there was only one problem; I wasn’t in love with the pizza crust recipe I’d always used.  SO, I set out to find the best pizza crust recipe out there. Now, for someone who makes homemade pizza on almost a weekly basis, I’ve tried my fair share of pizza crust recipes!  Many of them were close successes, and many were utter failures!  It’s taken me a long time to adapt and combine things from recipes I’ve liked in order to make the perfect recipe–so you can thank me later, because THIS IS IT!

I’ve found that the key to making pizza from home is pre-baking your pizza dough.  It’s absolutely essential to pre-bake it for 5-6 minutes, then put your toppings on, and return it to the oven to finish baking! This will result in a crust that holds on it’s own and is crispy on the outside, and soft and airy on the inside.  You also really need to take the time to let the dough rise. I’ve tried tons of “no-rise” or “15-minute” pizza crust recipes, and none of them tastes as good as when you let the dough rise. That’s just how it has to be done–and you’ll be soo pleased with the results!

Homemade pizza is cheap, easy and fun to make. Try our Thai Chicken Pizza, or Barbeque Chicken Pizza or our whole wheat pizza crust!

Perfect Pizza Crust
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The perfect pizza crust, made from home!
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Total Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr
  1. 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  2. 2 tsp sugar
  3. 1 1/2 cups warm water
  4. 3 Tbsp olive oil
  5. 1 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1 tsp white vinegar
  7. 3 3/4 - 4 cups flour (bread flour works best, but all purpose works fine)
  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer combine 1/2 cup of the warm water with the sugar and yeast. Stir to dissolve the yeast and let rest for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining 1 cup of warm water, and the olive oil, salt and vinegar.
  3. Begin mixing on medium-low speed and gradually add the flour --knead for about 7 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic (it should be sticky, but not soo sticky that it sticks to your clean fingertip.) Cover the bowl with a dry towel and allow to rest in a warm place until doubled in volume--about 1 hour.
  4. Gently punch the dough down and place on a floured counter top. Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces (this can vary depending on how thick you want your crust/how big you want your pizza. I make three medium size pizzas). Roll and stretch your dough to desired size and thickness. Allow to rest for 20 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 450 degrees F and brush dough lightly with olive oil.
  5. Pre-bake the dough on a pizza stone or in pizza pan for 6 minutes. Remove from oven and add toppings. Return to oven and bake for 8-12 more minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.
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    • says

      You can “beat” it with a fork. Just stir well with a fork until the dough pulls from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball. Then lightly flour or grease your hands and you kitchen counter, pour the dough out onto the counter, and knead it with your hands until it’s smooth and elastic!

  1. Becca L. says

    Loved this recipe! The recipe was perfect as is! I used my Kitchenaid Mixer to do the first part of the kneading. I topped my pizza with homemade pizza sauce, sauteed onions, mushrooms and peppers, goat cheese, and kielbasa! Yummy!

  2. Sally says

    There’s only two of us. Can I freeze some of the dough or should I scale it down? Freezing would be great if it would keep.

    • says

      Hi Sally, I think freezing it would work great. Just stick it in the freezer right after you make it. Then let it unthaw on your counter all day, enough that it’s able to get a first rise. Then shape it into your pizza and let it rest again for 20 minutes before pre-baking it!

  3. Katie says

    I made this tonight after trying a couple other dough recipes for the past few weeks and this one was just perfect! Thanks for a recipe that is sure to be a keeper!

  4. Carrie says

    This recipe sounds great. I would like to try it today but I’m out of white vinegar..Would apple cider vinegar work in a pinch?

  5. Marcy says

    Just because I’m curious, what does the vinegar do in the recipe? I’ve made several pizza dough recipes but none that use vinegar.

  6. Amanda says

    Do you save some of the dough in the refrigerator for another night? How long does it last in the fridge? Thanks in advance!

  7. Amie says

    This pizza dough is fantastic! We too are avid pizza eaters, and my son will choose this dough over going out. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Your blog is outstanding!

  8. Janine says

    We also make pizza once a week. Just ordered a stand mixer for my birthday, so I’m excited to try homemade pizza dough! Would it be okay to make the pizza crust, including pre-baking it, THEN freeze it for a week or so and thaw a day before we’re ready to top it? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Janine, that’s so exciting–hope you love your new stand mixer! Yes, that should work great to freeze it after pre-baking it! I’d love to hear how you like it!


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