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January 21, 2010

Thin n' Crispy Pizza Crust

We eat a lot of pizza.  A LOT, a lot!  Lately it's been frozen because I've been lazy, however I'm starting to get back in the swing of things, though I still want pizza.  Again and again (and again...)  I haven't made my own pizza crust in awhile because we're big fans on thin crust in this household (St. Louis style pizza to be more specific) and I haven't found a good recipe for thin crust - until now.  I didn't think I'd be able to get it as thin as we like but this was pretty darn close (one side of the pizza was perfect, the other side a little thicker because I was rushing).  For being so easy to make the results are fantastic!  This is definitely my new favorite pizza crust recipe, now all I need is a perfect sauce recipe!


Thin n' Crispy Pizza Crust
Source: Brown Eyed Baker (as adapted from Cooking Light December 2007)

Ingredients:
1 package active dry yeast (2-1/4 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees)
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons yellow cornmeal

Directions:
Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Stir 1-1/4 cups flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt into yeast mixture to form a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands.

Place dough in a large bowl coated with coil, turning dough to coat. Cover; let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.)

Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Roll dough into a 14-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Place dough on a pizza pan or baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Crimp edges of dough with fingers to form a rim.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Drizzle dough with a little olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Place pan on lowest oven rack; bake at 450 for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven; top with desired toppings and bake an additional 10 minutes or until crust and cheese is lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving

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