July 10, 2015

Delicious Restaurant-Style Pizza Crust

I've spent years trying to create a homemade pizza crust that is as good as a restaurant's. Usually, I end up with something that is too dry, crumbly, flat, puffy, mushy, tastes funny or some combination of those. Finally, I came up with this recipe and it is perfect! The edge is exactly like restaurant pizza, it has the perfect thickness of chewy edge crust, gets golden on the bottom while not being dry under the toppings and tastes delicious. I add flax seed to make the crust a bit healthier. The flax adds omega 3's, fiber and protein while not changing the taste at all. M2 LOVED the pizza, making it toddler approved.

It can be made in a bread machine if you have one so it's even easier to make. Recipes for making the crust with a bread machine or without are below.

Delicious Restaurant-Style Pizza Crust

Yield: One large pizza crust

Ingredients
1 cup warm water
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp salted butter, melted
2 3/4 cups bread flour (must be bread flour!)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp white sugar
2 Tbsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
1 packet fast rising yeast

Directions Using Bread Machine
Add all wet ingredients to bottom of bread machine pan
Add flour over wet ingredients
Pour salt, flax seed, sugar and garlic powder into corners of bread machine pan
Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in yeast
Set bread machine to dough cycle and put in the pan
Cover dough and let rest for 10 minutes outside the bread machine once
Preheat oven to 350 while dough rests
Spray non-stick spray on pizza pan, cookie sheet or use a pizza stone  
Spread dough out to desired size and thickness on the pan; make edges thicker so you get a good edge crust
Bake crust for 10 minutes
Slather on sauce and sprinkle on toppings
Bake until crust is golden and cheese is starting to brown slightly, about half an hour depending on thickness of toppings
Cut into 8 slices

Directions Using Stand or Hand Mixer
Dissolve yeast and sugar in water for about 10 minutes
Combine wet ingredients until well blended
Add salt, flax seed, sugar and garlic powder, mixing well
Slowly add in flour, mixing continuously
Pour in yeast mixture, mix well
Knead dough with bread hook or by hand
Cover and let dough rise for an hour in a warm spot
Preheat oven to 350
Spray non-stick spray on pizza pan, cookie sheet or use a pizza stone  
Spread dough out to desired size and thickness on the pan; make edges thicker so you get a good edge crust
Bake crust for 10 minutes
Slather on sauce and sprinkle on toppings
Bake until crust is golden and cheese is starting to brown slightly, about half an hour depending on thickness of toppings
Cut into 8 slices

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20 comments:

  1. Great recipe shared.. I will try it in my kitchen today!

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  2. Yum. We love making our own pizzas. I will have to give this crust a try, it looks great! - Jeanine

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  3. I am going to have to try your recipe. It sounds delicious..

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  4. I love homemade pizza. Thanks for sharing

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  5. I am hungry now for some pizza!

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  6. Yum, this looks great! I would love to try this.

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  7. Looks delicious! What a great family activity too!

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  8. I have not ventured into the pizza crust making here at home, but it looks like you perfected yours. That pizza looks cheesy and delicious!

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  9. Crust is everything when it comes to pizza, it is important to get it just right.

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  10. This does sound easy and looks really good too. Time to get my bread machine out!

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  11. This turned out great...looks delicious. I will have to try and make it for our family pizza nights.

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  12. That looks really good! Pinned for later :)

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  13. Wow this looks amazing! You did a great job :) I definitely want to try this out, thank you!

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  14. The kids love helping me make pizza crust. I'll try your recipe and see how it compares with the one I've been using that I also found online. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  15. We love pizza and this sounds amazing!

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  16. I haven't tried to make my own pizza crust before. What a great recipe!!

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  17. I have never tried making my own pizza dough. You make it sound so easy, so I am going to try it. Thanks for the recipe.

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  18. Elizabeth O.7/11/2015 1:13 PM

    That pizza looks so delicious! I didn't realize that making the dough could be this easy. I want to try it.

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  19. This looks like such a great recipe! I am looking forward to trying it! Thanks!!

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  20. This looks delicious! I wonder if a gluten-free flour would produce an equally nice crust...

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