Perfect Pizza Crust: How to Make the Best Tender Crust

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Recipe for Perfect Crust

This recipe for pizza crust is the best I've come across.

If you like thicker crust that is still tender, this is the perfect recipe. A thicker crust can be more satisfying and there is less chance of toppings sliding off because the crust bends.

You can use white flour or a combo of white and whole wheat; however, white flour gives you the tenderest crust.

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Pizza Baking Tip

Double-pan to prevent overly browned pizza bottom. This can be done either by doubling up or placing a second pan on a lower oven rack.

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A Tender and Crunchy Pizza Crust You Will Make Again and Again.

Recipe for Perfect Pizza Dough

(Enough dough for two pizzas)

2 tbsp. of yeast in

1/2 cup of warm water.

Let rise.

In another bowl:

2 tbsp. sugar

2 tbsp. of shortening

2 tsp. salt

Add 2 cups of boiling water. Stir until fat and sugar dissolve. (You can use 1 cup of warm water followed by 1 cup of cold water if you want to save time, instead of waiting for liquid to cool down).

Add yeast mixture to liquid:

Stir in 3 cups of white flour. Continue stirring pizza dough with wooden spoon and add in 2 1/2 cups of flour. Make sure dough is moist and add just enough additional flour so that dough doesn't stick to hands. Knead until dough develops that velvety, elastic feel. Brush top with oil and let rise until puffy.

Drizzle some oil into two pizza pans and cut dough in half. Push dough toward edges and keep pushing and working with fingers until dough covers pan and pan edges. Alternatively, roll dough out into rectangle on a floured surface and slide into pans.

Bake in a 350-325 degree oven until crust bottom is browned and cheese is bubbly and crispy. An underdone pizza will be runny, an overdone pizza will be dry. Keep checking pizza so that final results are spectacular.

Remove from oven and let pizza sit in pan for about 5-10 minutes so that everything sets.

Crust That Puffs up and is so Tender...

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Pizza Crust Variations

  • For additional crunchiness, roll dough into cornmeal. (This also helps prevent sticking.)
  • For an Italian-style pizza crust, add basil and oregano to the pizza dough and top dough with olive oil before adding other toppings.

A Pleasing Crisp to a Crust Makes Pizza Sublime

Image: Perfect Pizza Crust
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Stuffed Pizza Crust

You may choose to stuff your pizza crust with extra cheese. A cheese stuffed pizza crust can be delicious.

  • Roll dough into a thin circle and sprinkle on shredded cheese leaving a 1"-2" space at the edge.
  • Roll out a second thin dough circle on a large floured board, then flip the board to position the dough over the first circle.
  • Pinch edges firmly and top pizza dough with other ingredients.

Whole Wheat Pizza

A whole wheat pizza crust is filling and satisfying and it doesn't have to be overly heavy.

Replace 1/4 of the white flour with whole wheat, when making pizza dough.

One Slice or Two?

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Additional Pizza Making Tips

  • Grate your cheese ahead of time and store in freezer.
  • Buy sliced olives. This way you only have to drain them before placing on pizza and no having to remove pits.
  • To prevent sticking, grease pans with either oil or shortening.
  • Dustpan with corn meal to give pizza a crispy texture.
  • Sprinkle basil and oregano over your pizza sauce.
  • For cutting, use a pizza wheel. If you slide your pizza onto a large pizza board or pizza peel before cutting it, this makes dealing with the edges easier.

Making Pizza Dough

Pizza Crust Edge Tip

For a fancy-looking crust in a deep dish-style pizza, braid a thin dough edge and encircle pizza dough with it. This is especially helpful if you like to load your pizza with ingredients or extra cheese. A braided edge prevents cheese from melting and dripping into the oven.

Good Flavor Combos

  • Mushroom and bacon
  • Spinach, dill, and feta cheese
  • Pepperoni, red pepper, and olive
  • Monteray Jack cheese, hot sausage, topped with pepper rings or jalapenos (for lovers of hot pizzas)

Baking stones have become increasingly popular because of the great results achieved, seen in evenly-baked pizza crust.

Pizza Baking

Many people use a pizza stone when making pizza. A stone can render flavor results similar to what is achieved using a stone oven.

  • A pizza baking stone absorbs heat and then transfers it to the dough.
  • Moisture disperses throughout the crust, making for a superior tender and crunchy crust.
  • Using a pizza baking stone along with a pizza cutter makes for easy cutting. Pizza edges are always hard to cut through but these two tools eliminate any difficulty.

Image: Cheese Baked Golden Brown on Pizza
Image: Cheese Baked Golden Brown on Pizza

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Once you've tried this recipe, you'll know you have the perfect recipe for the best crust--and you'll use it again and again.

© 2008 Athlyn Green

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Athlyn Green 3 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Claude, you'll love this crust. It puffs up wonderfully, yet is tender.


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claudedog1234 3 years ago from Bastrop, Texas

Great ideas here, My favorite flavor combo is pepperoni, black olives and lots of cheese. I love pizza and it is one of my favorite foods.


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Athlyn Green 3 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Nurseleah,

What good ideas about adding Parmesan and herbs to the crust and about preparing dough to cut down on preparation time.


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nurseleah 3 years ago from West Virginia

Athlyn, this looks like a nice pizza crust. Good directions and tips. I like to add a couple of tablespoons of grated parmesan and Italian herbs to my dough for extra flavor. I also like to make large batches of pizza dough, parbake them (baked long enough to set the dough, but not brown) without any toppings on them, then freeze them. It's very helpful for busy days or for boyfriends/husbands/partners/teenagers who are home alone and have no idea how to fend for themselves. Just pull a crust out of the freezer, top it with whatever, and bake!


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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Both of these tips are great! You'll love this pizza crust recipe because it makes incredibly tender crust. Thanks for stopping by.


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littlelulu67 5 years ago

I have discovered that a clean pair of kithen scissors are the best thing ever to cut a pizza. works like a charm every time.


Rob 6 years ago

The Presto Pizzazz Pizza Oven actually does a great job making the topping brown, bubbly and crisp. I prefer using it for frozen pizzas because it gets rid of much of that freezer burnt taste.

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