If you are serious about pizza and you L-O-V-E a chewy pizza crust this recipe is for you! Made with four ingredients and ready to bake in an hour!
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 cups all-purpose flour + 1/2 cup for kneading
1 cup warm water (120°-130° temperature)
Place yeast, sugar, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add 2 cups of the all-purpose flour to the bowl. Whisk the dry ingredients until well combined. Drizzle the olive oil over the dry ingredients and whisk again. Pour the water over the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Continue adding the remaining flour and stirring with a heavy spoon until the dough begins to form a shaggy ball.
Dust your counter with a few generous pinches of the reserved 1/2 cup of flour you saved for kneading. Dump your ball of dough onto the floured counter and knead while adding additional pinches of flour to the counter to prevent the dough from sticking to it. The dough will begin to form a smooth ball after approximately 10 minutes of hand kneading. Alternatively, if you have a stand mixer with a dough hook the dough may be mixed in that instead for about 10-12 minutes.
A good rule of thumb is if you gently poke the dough with your fingertip and the dough bounces back it is adequately kneaded!
Keep in mind that you may not use all of the flour reserved for kneading and on the flip side if the day is especially humid you may need more than the 1/2 cup. Add it slowly to avoid the final dough from being dry. The dough should stay a tad tacky but not so sticky that you cannot work with it.
Place kneaded dough ball into a large mixing bowl that has been spritzed with cooking spray. Spritz the top of the dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Place a kitchen towel over the plastic wrap to prevent any drafts from preventing the dough from rising. The towel helps create a cozy environment for the dough to rise! Set the dough aside for approximately one hour. If the day is especially warm the dough could be ready in less time! If using a pizza stone to bake the pizza on, preheat your oven to 450° after the dough has risen for 30 minutes.
When the dough has doubled in size it is ready to become pizza! If you aren’t sure the dough is ready poke the dough with your finger. If your finger leaves a dent in the dough it’s ready! Punch the dough (gently) with your fist to release the gas that has built up during the rise time. This step will help relieve any anxiety you may have after a hard day. And it also prevents the final crust from having any large pockets of air!
If not using a pizza stone to bake the pizza, preheat the oven to 450°. Line a cookie sheet with a large sheet of foil and spritz it with cooking spray. You can spritz your hands with the cooking spray before shaping the crust to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands. Place the punched down dough gently onto the cookie sheet and use you fingertips to push and nudge it into the desired thickness and shape. Keep in mind if you stretch the dough to the point that it’s very thin the final pizza will have a crunchy crust instead of a chewy one. Trust me, it’s equally delicious as the chewy crust!
If using a pizza peel to transfer the pizza to a pizza stone, line the peel with a large sheet of foil and spritz it with cooking spray. Transfer the dough to the peel and form into desired thickness and shape.
Dock the dough using the tines of a fork and slide the unbaked crust into the oven for 6-8 minutes.
Remove the partially baked crust and top with Quick & Easy Pizza Sauce, cheese, and desired toppings.
Slide the topped pizza into the oven for 8-10 additional minutes. Remove from the oven when the crust is golden brown. Let the pizza rest for 5 minutes before slicing and enjoying!
Spritzing your hands with cooking spray really helps prevent the dough from sticking to your hands as you form the crust.
I recommend you don’t skip lining the cookie sheet with foil and spritzing it with cooking spray. I have tried baking pizza on a greased cookie sheet without the foil and the crust has always stuck to the pan.
If your kitchen is cool in temperature the dough may take a bit longer to rise. Yeast dough loves a warm environment to rise. You can always place a cup of water in the microwave til it boils and then place your covered dough in the microwave to rise.
- Category: Pizza
- Method: Kneaded
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: chewy pizza crust