Remember my “No Knead Bread Dough” post? Last Friday, I decided to modify the recipe just a tad bit and try it as a pizza crust. I have a love/hate relationship with homemade pizza crust. Over the years, I’ve tried a couple of recipes with varying degrees of success. The “never fail” recipe my mom used is okay. It’s super easy, no knead, and no wait time before I can use the dough. But the flavor is not as good as other crusts, and the texture is not where I’d like it to be. More recently, I used a friend’s roll dough as a pizza crust, and it’s pretty good. The flavor is there, but I miss that crisp pizza crust.
So I decided to dive right in and modify the No Knead Bread Dough recipe into a pizza crust. Here is the recipe. It’s adapted from a recipe I found here on Making Things Awesome’s website.
Almost No Knead Pizza Crust
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups bread flour
1 3/4 teaspoon salt (reduce to 1 teaspoon if you’re going to add salty ingredients like cheese, garlic salt, etc.)
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
Proof the yeast by adding the sugar and yeast to the warm water. Let it sit for a few minutes until it is bubbly. Add the dry ingredients to your bowl, then pour the yeast mixture in and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for an hour or so (it’s pretty forgiving). When it’s doubled in size, remove the plastic wrap and punch down the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough sit for another hour or so. When it’s doubled in size, dump it onto a floured surface.
Knead in flour until the dough is no longer sticky to the touch. Cut the dough into four pieces and roll out into a circle with a rolling pin. Transfer to a greased pie tin and top with your favorite ingredients. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until the crust is light brown around the edges (about 15-20 minutes). Remove from oven, cut, and enjoy!
Here are some pics of my process.
The pizza didn’t last very long. Most of it was gone that night with a little leftover the following day. But I have some hungry boys. They eat just about EVERYTHING!