Thin pizza dough recipe

Try this easy thin pizza dough recipe at home. It's quick and simple to make with perfect result every time.
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What if you could make Italian style thin and crispy pizza at home and it would taste even better than a pizzeria?

We all know that store bought pizza bases can be average at best.

If you are like me and love delicious, handmade thin and crispy pizza then you will love this thin pizza base recipe.

Best of all?

It’s not that complicated!

Homemade dough is much better than store bought pizza bases and you can have it ready in no time.

Follow the simple steps for this thin pizza dough recipe and make pizza night a regular hit at your house too!

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Thin pizza dough recipe

This is the best thin crust pizza dough recipe I’ve tried. It’s quick and easy to make with perfect crispy base every time. I recommend using a baking mixer with a dough hook, then it’s no kneading, simply let the machine do the work instead.

How to make the dough?

  • Measure the flour in a bowl.
  • Make a well in the center.
  • Pour half the water in the well and add yeast, sugar and salt. Mix with a fork.
  • Slowly incorporate all the flour into the liquid. (This can easily be done in a baking mixer with a dough hook.)
  • Once all mixed, slowly add the rest of the water and mix for a few minutes then add the olive oil and mix until the oil is fully incorporated and the dough is smooth.
pizza dough in a kitchen mixer

Let the mixer work the dough for about 5 minutes. The olive oil makes it a silky smooth non stick dough which is easy to work with.

You can definitely make it by hand if you don’t have a mixer!

Cover the dough and leave to rise until double in size.

  • Leave it somewhere warm for fast proofing,
  • in room temperature for 1-2 hours or
  • in the fridge overnight.

All methods works well! The dough is ready to use when it has doubled in size.

pizza dough after proofing in a with bowl

How to roll pizza dough thin?

Bring the dough to room temperature before rolling it. It makes it far easier to work with and much easier to roll the dough thin.

  • First divide the dough into four equal size pieces.
  • Shape each piece of dough into a round ball with the palm of your hand. Do circular movements and press down on the dough until a smooth ball is formed.
4 round pizza dough balls
rolling the pizza dough with the palm of my hand
  • Roll each ball outwards as thin or thick as you like with the rolling pin. Rotate the dough around and repeat rolling it out. You might need to flip the dough over a couple of times to prevent it from sticking to the bench surface. Keep rolling backward and forwards from the center out until you have an even round base.

The dough can easily be made in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to use. Just bring it out to room temperature before rolling it.

rolling pin on top of pizza dough on a bench top
rolling out a round pizza base with a rolling pin

How to make the pizza base crispy?

If you like your dough crust crispy then cooking it on a pizza tray and hot stone, or pizza oven will bring you the best result.

Substitute some of the flour for semolina flour for a firmer and crispier pizza crust.

pizza cooked on a pizza tray
Lifting the corner of the pizza base. Golden brown underneath

Spread this easy no cook pizza sauce on the pizza base before adding your favorite topping and mozzarella cheese.

tips

  • Bring the dough out to room temperature before rolling it out. This will make the rolling a lot easier especially if you like a thin pizza crust. If the dough is fridge cold its hard to work with and difficult to get it as thin as you like.
  • When it comes to the topping. Less is more. Over crowding the topping can result in under cooked dough.
  • Only use good quality mozzarella cheese to achieve that stringy, melt in your mouth cheese that we all love on a pizza.
  • The pizza cooks quickly in the hot oven so check regularly to avoid burning it
  • Pre heat your pizza stone for a minimum of 20 minutes before cooking your pizza on it for best thin pizza crust result.
1 round pizza dough ball
close up meat lovers pizza topping

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Thin pizza dough recipe

If you like your dough crust crispy, cooking it on a pizza tray and hot stone will bring you the best result.

Prep Time 80 mins Cook Time 15 mins Rest Time 5 mins Total Time 1 hr 40 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 4 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

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  1. Thin thin crust Pizza dough recipe Italian style

    How to make thin pizza crust:

    • Put flour in a bowl.
    • Make a well in the center.
    • Pour half the water in the well add yeast, sugar and salt mix.
    • Slowly incorporate all the flour into the liquid. This can easily be done in a baking mixer with a dough hook.
    • Once all mixed slowly add the rest of the water and mix for a about 5 minutes then add the olive oil and mix until the oil is fully incorporated and the dough is smooth.
    • Cover the bowl and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour to rise.
    • The dough is ready to use when it has doubled in size.
    pizza dough in the kitchen mixer
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