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Pizza Crust: How to make! includes recipe

Updated on September 18, 2011

The Secret To A Good Pizza Crust

The secret to making a great pizza crust at home is really not that hard to figure out. It's just a three letter word. Drum roll please...Eggs...

Every person has their own idea about what the perfect pizza should be like. Thin, regular, thick crust, soft baked, well done etc. same as the many variations of toppings.

Lets start by building the perfect pizza crust. The recipe is as followes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 envelopes of granular yeast
  • 3 cups of warm water ( not too hot just comfortable feeling on hands)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup margarine or veggie oil
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 9 1/2 - 10 cups sifted all purpose flour

Methodology:

In a small bowl add sugar to 1/2 cup of warm water stirring until mostly dissolved, stir in yeast. (some yeast packets say it not necessary do soak yeast, I find that the yeast seems to work better with this extra step).

In large mixing bowl melt margarine in warm water, add milk, salt, and whisked eggs. By this time yeast will have a frothy cap add to bowl. Stir in 1/2 the flour and beat well. Add in remaining flour and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. Cover the dough-ball with a little oil or margarine ( so it won't dry out while left to rise) Place in bowl, cover with a cloth and let rise in a draft free warm place until doubled in bulk about 45-50 minutes.

During rising time you can chop up veggies, grate cheese and make up the sauce.

This recipe will make three large size round pizza crusts or two large cookie sheets. We like regular to thick crust so if you prefer thin you will probably get an extra small out of the dough for tomorrows lunch or freezer. Give the pizza or cookie sheets a quick non-stick spritz of oil.

Punch down dough, roll out to desired thickness, spread with sauce and toppings. At this point you can wrap a pizza as airtight as possible and freeze for another night.

Bake in 375 degree Fahrenheit (about 175 degree Celsius) oven 35-40 minutes for soft-bake crust and an additional 5-8 minutes for well done crust. To check for doneness just lift corner with spatula.

This pizza crust is also really good as a flat bread to go with a salad or soup. My favorite way is to bake the "pizza crust" plain no toppings when hot just out of oven spread a thin layer of pesto (garlic, basil, olive oil) sauce, sprinkled with a little Parmesan cheese and return into oven under broil for 1 minute (just to melt the cheese).

Enjoy

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    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      5 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      nurseleah, thank you for dropping by and for commenting. You answered your own question pretty well. This recipe easily makes 3 to 4 pizza bottoms. That translates really just to a bit more than 1.5 eggs per... and to be honest eggs are really not the culprit for high colesteral as they were made out to be some years ago. Once you taste it you will agree that it well worth the effort to make a yeast dough.Haven't made it in a couple of weeks I believe I will make pizza for super tonight.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Leah Wells-Marshburn 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Okay, I have read the recipe and it looks good, but I am worried about 5 eggs. That seems like a lot of eggs. I realize it's a large batch of dough, so it really comes down to about 2 eggs per crust. I know eggs add richness and moisture to yeast breads, but I have just never heard of putting eggs in pizza dough. I get so weird about experimenting with yeast breads, because one little error and there goes 3-4 hours down the drain. But I will give this a shot, because I trust you and everyone else who has tried it and commented. I'll let you know how it turns out!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Vkiong, thanks for stoppping by and for commenting

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Vkiong 

      6 years ago

      I will be retiring from my job next year. Maybe I can make and sell pizza for a change.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Heather, glad you like the recipe. I just had the crust my favorite way... as flat bread with pesto and romano cheese on Thursday last week. Yum it was soooo good.

      Greetings to you Heather from far far away Canada

      (isn't the internet just the greatest thing ever, it spams the miles it a few seconds)

      regards Zsuzsy

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      HEATHER COETZER 

      6 years ago

      :))))))) BIG SMILES Zsuzsy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im never making another pizza after trying this recipe this afternoon !!! im over the moon!!! hubby is away but i sent him pic of my pizza and him being a piggy when it comes to pizza is excited to taste the recipe next week when he returns from the riggs!! BIG THANX Zsuzsy!!!

      reg

      HEATHER FROM S.AFRICA

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Sir Marx, you'll love it I'm sure. Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Woody Marx 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Zsuzsy: When I make a pizza I get a nice pre-made dough at the local deli, but if I ever challenge myself to making my own dough (aside from the dough I make with Google) I will try this recipe for sure. :)

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      kaltopsyd, thanks for coming by and taking a look

      regards Zsuzsy

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      kaltopsyd 

      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Mm, now I want some pizza although it's 1:41 in the morning. haha. Your Hub may just come in handy for lunch tomorrow. Thanks for that!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Pizza Customer! First of all that is an EBay item which I have nothing to do with as that's just an advertisement capsule. Ebay also works by bids... Some one wanted that bag of Namaste really bad and they have driven the price up I woud assume.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Pizza customer 

      9 years ago

      How can your Namaste price is $75.99 while the list price is only $46.99??? Should it be $35.99?

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      B.T. glad you liked it. I bet that putting butter on the crust made it really good. The crust is always my favorite. My granddaughter's front teeth are wobbling, she ate the middles and I got her crust and we were both happy campers a couple of weekends ago. zs

    • B.T. Evilpants profile image

      B.T. Evilpants 

      9 years ago from Hell, MI

      It was awesome, Zsuzsy! I took one extra step. When the pizza came out of the oven, I opened a stick of butter and gave the crust a good rub down. YUM!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      B.T. The taste doesn't change much with either margarine or oil. The only thing you should remember is that the margarine that you get in tubs is whipped with water so that it's always spreadable. You need to use the margarine that's wrapped in parchment paper. Let me know what you think...

      regards Zsuzsy

    • B.T. Evilpants profile image

      B.T. Evilpants 

      9 years ago from Hell, MI

      Making this tonight! The recipe says margerine, or veggie oil. What's the difference between the two, flavor wise? The oil certainly seems the easier route.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Stay at home Dad! I'm so glad you tried and liked the recipe. I experimented with this recipe for a couple of years but perfected it when my kids were still teenagers.

      I had the kind of household that had an open door principal. Most of them suffered with the "hollow leg syndrome" so we made pizza most weekends.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Stay at Home Dad 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Awesome! I actually like your recipe better than my own! Just don't tell anybody. It'll be our little secret...

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Always glad when you pop in for a visit Marisue and your kind comment!

      regards Zsuzsy

    • marisuewrites profile image

      marisuewrites 

      10 years ago from USA

      wow zsuzsy, I bet this is sooo delicious. Sounds wonderful, I love a tender pizza crust!! thanks for the recipe and for explaining it so well.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Stay at home Dad! Glad you came by. Let me know what you think of the recipe.

      Happy fourth of July to you. regards Zsuzsy

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      Stay at Home Dad 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      I am always looking for new crust ideas. We eat homemade pizza around hear about once a week. Can't wait to try your recipe this weekend.

      Happy Independence Day!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thanks for coming by; let me know how you like it Naomi

      regards Zsuzsy

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      naturebeds 

      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Mmm, pizza.

      I love pizza.

      Guess I'll go roll out some dough and make some.

      Thanks for the recipe

      -Naomi

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      That how I like it the best...except I add basil (Pesto)

      Thanks for coming by and taking a look

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      It sounds soooo good... My mouth waters imagining that pizza crust just plain, no topping but garlic and olive oil... mmmm....

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      CGull! Let me know what you think. Thanks for visiting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      cgull8m 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      You guys make me hungry, I just finished lunch :). This is awesome will try this recipe soon. I love home made pizzas. Cheers :)

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I love pesto veggy pizzas, Thanks for visiting

      regards Zsuzsy

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      zannr 

      10 years ago from Portland

      Mmm, pizza sounds great! I just made a pesto based veggie pizza last week. Maybe this time I'll try to make my own pizza crust!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I don't see why not. Once you have the crust in the pan roll the sides down over cheese slivers; then add your goodies.

      thanks for taking a look

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Cleanclover 

      10 years ago from Piece of land!

      Home made pizza sounds good! can you make a pizza with stuffed crust?

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Isabella! It really is a great crust. You should plan a home-made pizza party. It's a lot of fun when everyone pitches in while sipping some Chianti...

      Glad you came by for a visit Zsuzsy

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      Isabella Snow 

      10 years ago

      I have never made a homemade pizza.. perhaps I will try now! Yumm!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      You're welcome! Thanks for the visit.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      singpec476 

      10 years ago from Not Too Far Away

      Great hub it made me hungry just reading it I love pizza but never tried to make my own, thanks for the information.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Steph! When my kids were young I had to make up the dough for them most weekends. They and their friends did the rest. Believe me there were some odd topings added occasionally.Let me know what you think of the crust.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Yum - I love making homemade yeast bread. So, I will try this too! My kids love pizza and baking. So this is a recipe for a fun weekend project. Plus, it will snow again this weekend. Looks like we have our plans. Great Hub! Steph

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Abhinaya! try sprinkling a bit of grated cheese onto the pizza sauce before you add your veggie. Because its most likely that its the 'juice' out of the veggies that'll make your pizza soggy.

      Thanks for coming for a visit. Also for your comments.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Abhinaya 

      10 years ago

      Just what I was looking for.My pizza's always turn out soggy on top.Thanks for the tips.And congrats for having crossed the 100 mark on your fan club.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thanks for visiting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Greg Boudonck 

      10 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      I'm hungry!!:] great recipe!!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Iðunn ! If you follow the recipe exactly you will have a great pizza crust, or even flat bread. Glad you came by.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Wajay! What toppings will you use? Thanks for visiting.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Bob! It is good. Let me know what you think. Thanks for taking a look.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      IĆ°unn 

      10 years ago

      another good one :) I sometimes make them at home buying the store pre-made crusts, but this sounds so much better.

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      wajay_47 

      10 years ago

      Thanks, Zsuzby Bee. The only thing that has kept me from making pizza at home was not knowing how to make the crust. Now that you've shown me, I'm getting dangerous. This hub just got printed out and will accompany me to the kitchen! Thanks again.

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      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      Thanks, this might be perfect for this weekend.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I guess its dinner time here too. Thanks for stoppping by

      regards Zsuzsy

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      jaymz 

      10 years ago from USA

      Those pictures of pizzas look great! Makes me want one.

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