Recipe o’ the week: Thin Crust Pizza Dough

July 17, 2008

I had tried and failed every pizza recipe until I found this one (in the Pellatt Community Club Cookbook!) It seems pretty failure-proof, which is saying something, since I make it at least once a month. Its super easy and delicious – once you try it you’ll never go back to store-bought dough! This is also one of the only recipes I know by heart. Thats how easy it is! TRY IT! : )

Thin Crust Pizza Dough

  • 1 packet yeast (2 1/2 tsp)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 cup Unbleached Flour (Also works perfectly with 3 c. regular-type flour)
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. In small bowl, mix yeast into warm water, let sit 5 minutes.
  3. In large bowl, combine flour(s), salt and olive oil. Mix with fork.
  4. Add sugar to water mix and stir until dissolved.
  5. Add yeast mixture to flour slowly. You may need to add a little extra water to get your dough smooth and elastic. (This part is easiest if you mix with your hands.)
  6. Separate the dough into two balls and place back in bowl, covered with tea towel. Allow to rise on top of warm stove 1/2 hr. (You don’t really need this step if you’re in a rush, but I think it makes the dough better.)
  7. Spread into 2 greased or nonstick pizza pans (I only have one pan, so I take turns.) (About 1/4″ thick)
  8. Bake 5-8 minutes, just until set, not quite golden.
  9. From this point you can top the pizza and bake it for another 10 or 12 minutes. Since this recipe makes two crusts, we freeze one in a couple of shopping bags, and it makes for a super quick dinner the next week.

And the best part – my favourite toppings!

  • finely diced onions
  • pickled banana peppers
  • green olives
  • green pepper
  • mushrooms, finely chopped
  • sundried tomatoes – also finely chopped
  • mozzarella

And Peter says the secret is lots of onion, and he also puts salt and pepper on right after the sauce. I like it italian style, with just a little cheese. OK, this is making me hungry. Enjoy!

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