Homemade Pizza Crust

The best Homemade Pizza Crust, and I’ve tried many! Made with bread flour for a chewy yet crispy crust. Skip delivery and make your own!

Pizza Crust slice with toppings

I’ve only tried making homemade pizza dough once, and it didn’t turn out well. I used the wrong type of yeast, partly because I wasn’t well versed in yeast, and partly because our store didn’t sell instant yeast. (If you’re new to yeast, check out this guide; I found it very helpful!)

Pizza Crust with toppings

A lot of the pizza dough recipes out there call for a Kitchen Aid mixer to knead the dough, or knead by hand ((shudder)), but this one from Cook’s Illustrated can be made in a food processor! I have an awesome Kitchen Aid food processor and was excited to try this out.

Pizza Crust with toppings

We invited my BFF Kathleen over for a pizza party and movie night at the beginning of April (you may notice my posts are never in order!) The recipe makes 3 medium pizzas or 2 large pizzas. I just divided the dough into 3 portions, and each of us shaped and ‘decorated’ our own little pizzas. We had plenty leftover – this makes a lot of dough. But as Chelle suggested, you can freeze half of it for another time.   I am so happy with this recipe, and it really couldn’t be simpler.

Although Cook’s Illustrated says it must be made in a food processor that holds 11 cups or more, it worked just fine in my 9-cup one. Apparently the bread flour is the key to this dough’s crispy crust – although you may sub all-purpose for a less crisp crust. The dough is so nice and smooth and easy to press out. It bakes up crispy yet chewy and didn’t stick to the pan. I highly recommend this recipe!

For our pizza party, we used browned sweet Italian turkey sausage, turkey pepperoni, chopped onions, 2% mozzarella cheese, and pizza seasoning. Yum!

UPDATE: I now make this dough using a pizza stone, parchment paper, and a pizza peel, so I’ve updated the recipe to reflect those changes. I’m still working on making a gluten free version of this and will add my notes when I have a good recipe for it!

Want more Homemade Pizza Ideas?

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Pizza Crust with toppings

Pizza Crust

The best Homemade Pizza Crust, and I've tried many! Made with bread flour for a chewy yet crispy crust. Skip delivery and make your own!
Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 large pizzas


  • 1/2 cup warm water (~110F)
  • 1 envelope (~2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast AKA Rapid Rise)
  • 1 1/4 cups water (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups bread flour (22 ounces, plus more for dusting work surface and hands)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • olive oil or nonstick cooking spray for greasing bowl
  • corn meal (for dusting pan)


Make the dough:

  • Fill a 2-cup liquid measuring cup with warm water and sprinkle yeast on top. Allow to sit until yeast dissolves and swells – ~5 minutes. Meanwhile, add flour and salt to food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
  • Add room temperature water and oil to the yeast/water mixture, and stir to combine. While pulsing flour mixture, pour the liquid through the feed tube, reserving a few tablespoons. If the dough has not formed a ball, add the rest of the liquid and pulse. Process for ~30 seconds until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand a few turns, shaping the dough into a smooth, round ball.
  • Place the dough ball into a deep, oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Bake the crust:

  • Preheat a pizza stone for at least 30 minutes, 60 minutes if possible.
  • Press the dough to deflate it. Divide dough into desired portions, and place them back in the bowl, covered with a damp cloth to allow dough to rest for at least 10 but no more than 30 minutes.
  • Press dough out into a round pizza onto a piece of parchment paper. Brush lightly with extra virgin olive oil. Using a pizza peel or a baking sheet, transfer dough on the parchment to the pizza stone and prebake for around 5 – 7 minutes or until crust just starts to turn golden.
  • Remove crust/parchment paper and top pizza as desired. Bake pizza for another 5 – 10 minutes, or until crust is golden and toppings are heated through.


Source: Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker, originally from Cook’s Illustrated
You’re Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword main dish, pizza

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