Easiest pizza crust, ever


Impromptu pizza made with the easiest dough ever.

Impromptu pizza made with the easiest dough ever.

I’ve long aspired to make decent pizza at home, with varying levels of success. The trick for me has been finding a reliable dough. Reliable, as in easy enough for a so-so baker like me to pull together. Either the doughs I’ve tried have been too wet, or too dry, or I haven’t been able to get the right consistency after kneading (like I said, I’m no pro).

Well, I’ve found my grail in the Basic Pizza Dough recipe from the September 2008 issue of Cooking Light. It uses a food processor, which means it comes together quickly, though I’ve kneaded it by hand at least once and it still turned out just right. It rises perfectly and rolls out beautifully.  I’ll whip up the dough,take the dog for a walk while it rises, and then finish the pizza when I get home.

I threw together the pizza pictured above using this dough recipe, plus some leftover Pantry Pasta Sauce, pre-grated mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and a sprinkling of Parmigiano-Reggiano. It baked on a pizza stone (you can pick one up for less than 10 bucks at Wal-Mart) in a 500-degree oven for 9 minutes.

Try it. If it works for me, it’ll work for you.

5 thoughts on “Easiest pizza crust, ever

  1. For some reason, I cannot access that pizza crust recipe. I wanted to compare it to mine which is also made in the processor and couldn’t be easier.
    I pretty much gave up making pizza around the time that I stopped eating a lot of bread — both are flour products and truly aren’t very healthful. Whole grains are much more prominent in my diet these days.

    • Thanks, Jill! Looks like the Web site with the link is down for the time being (I just tried to access it without luck), so try again later on. The recipe is basically 1/2 teaspoon yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water; then combined in a food processor with 1 c AP flour and 1/2 t salt. Pulse until the dough forms a ball, adding a tablespoon or 2 more warm water, if needed.

  2. Wow. The new blog looks fabulous, Alison. And this pizza pic is positively inspirational. We also made pizza at home this weekend, but with the refrigerated pizza dough from Trader Joe’s. the product is very good and offers a whole-wheat version, too. But I’m committed to trying your recipe soon.

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