Homemade Pizza Crust

When Jeremy goes out of town, I often let Gabe decide what’s for dinner. Jeremy is by far the pickiest eater in our house, and in his opinion, I should cook three hot meals a day. Who are we kidding? lol There are a few things that Gabe likes to eat, that Jeremy won’t eat; pizza isn’t one of them. Gabe asked to make pizza for dinner since it was his night to choose. It’s actually a household favorite to make a pizza and top it however we like. We generally spend time as a family preparing it and picking ingredients. I normally keep those pizza crust mixes or boxed pizza kits, but I had used our stock pile. I didn’t want to run to the store, and I certainly didn’t want to explain to a 5 year old that I agreed to make something that I didn’t have ingredients to make. Thank goodness for the internet! I browsed around the internet, toying with the idea of making a homemade pizza crust. I thought I would give it a try, and if I failed (that was a realistic expectation) then we would grill hot dogs. My homemade pizza crust was a big success, and ridiculously easy. I don’t think I’ll be buying those pizza crust mixes anymore.

homemade pizza crust

I made the crust and I pre-baked it at 350F for 10 minutes before I put my toppings on it. This recipe will make 1 pan thickness 12 inch pizza. I prefer my crust a little thinner, so I’ll probably use 1.5x the ingredients to make 2 crusts in the future. You could spread it thinner and make a 16 inch thin crust pizza.

Homemade Pizza Crust
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No pizza crust mix? No problem. This pizza crust can be made quickly and from ingredients you have in your cabinet.
  • 1 package active dry baking yeast
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour (bread flour works great too!)
  • 1 cup hot (but not boiling) water
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  1. Mix water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl to activate.
  2. Cover and set aside for 10 mins.
  3. Mix in flour, salt, and oil until dough starts to form.
  4. Cover and set aside for 10 mins
  5. Preheat oven to 400F
  6. If dough is tacky, lightly flour your hands to handle it.
  7. Press it into a non-stick or greased pizza pan.

After I press my crust in the pan, I generally spread a few drops of oil across the crust and add a little seasoning. I pre-bake my crust for 10 minutes before adding sauce and toppings.

A few people have asked what pan I’m using in these photos, it’s from Le Creuset. I have a small obsession with the line.

homemade pizza crust

What do you like on your pizza?


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