homemade thin crust pizza dough

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I shared a pizza making essentials post a few weeks ago and received many requests for my pizza dough recipe. I’m still testing out a few different things, like different types of flour and how long to let the dough rise for, but in general I’ve been working off of one recipe while making these adaptations.

Justin and I like thin crust pizza and we’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with making it at home! It’s really quite easy, and as long as you have the tools I mentioned in this post you’ll be able to make a pretty dang good homemade pizza!

Thin Crust Pizza Dough // makes four 10 inch pizzas

12 oz warm water*

1/4 tsp sugar

2.5 tbsp active dry yeast

3 1/2 cups “00” flour

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp table salt

  1. Stir sugar into water, then add yeast. Stir to combine, then set aside to proof for 5 minutes. Proofing the yeast simply means that it should become foamy, meaning it’s “proving” to you that it’s working.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, olive oil and salt, stiring together until combined.
  3. Pour yeast into flour, stir to combine. It’s okay if there is some loose flour around the dough, that will come together when you knead it.
  4. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead dough until it’s formed into a ball.
  5. Divide into 4 even sections and place in an lightly oiled bowl that has a lid to rise for at least 3 hours**.
  6. Once risen, turn dough out of bowl onto a lightly floured surface. Gently press into a circle and then stretch the dough to your preference of thickness.
  7. Place on a floured pizza peel, add toppings, and slide it into the oven to bake!

Most of our thin crust pizza’s at home only take about 7-9 minutes to bake at a 550 degree oven. Justin has tried 1 pizza on his Komado Joe grill at about 625 degrees and it was finished in about 4 minutes. Try to avoid opening the oven or grill as much as possible since you’ll lose heat when you do so!

If your crust is quite thin, keep your toppings light. Too many toppings on a thin crust can lead to a soggy crust.

Dust your pizza peel with Semolina flour to keep the dough from sticking, then build your pizza right on the peel!

 

This is an ongoing labor of trial and error so I’ll do my best to keep you updated as I learn more! Good luck with your pizza making!

*I just turn my faucet onto hot and wait until the water is very warm to the touch. You can certainly use a thermometer if that’s easier for you!

**I’ve found that refrigerated dough is a little easier to work with. If you have time, make the dough at least 1 day before you plan to make pizza. After kneading it into a ball, divide into four sections, place in oiled containers that seal, and put directly in the fridge. Remove from fridge roughly 6 hours before making pizza to give it time to come to room temperature and rise. 

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  1. Posted April 17, 2018

    This sounds so delicious! I’m all for thin-crust pizza (I really don’t like thick crust!) but I usually just go for store-bought varieties. Would love to try this recipe out myself! 😀

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

  2. Allie says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    Yes! I can’t wait to make pizza! Your pizza pie in the picture looks perfect, I hope ours come out looking half so good! xAllie
    http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com

  3. Katharine Steele says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    I like pizza as much as the next person…but the content is getting a little pizza-heavy in my opinion. Could be just me, but I know you usually welcome content feedback. Still love your blog!

    • lb says
      Posted April 17, 2018

      totally agree!

      • Ash10 says
        Posted April 17, 2018

        ditto! enough about pizza 🙂 Still love the blog too.

    • Kate says
      Posted April 17, 2018

      There have always been recipe posts mixed in through the regular content and I’m enjoying the challenge of pizza making right now! Regular beauty content will always be the main focus but I like the freedom to include a variety of content for different readers!

      • Amy says
        Posted April 17, 2018

        Kate, thanks for sharing content you genuinely enjoy in addition to what you think your readers/viewers will be interested in. It is a big reason why I return to your blog and Instagram stories regularly. (And I will read/watch pizza-related content anytime.;)

        • Kate says
          Posted April 17, 2018

          Thanks!

          • Robyn says
            Posted April 17, 2018

            I absolutely love the pizza content as much as the beauty! My husband and I cannot wait to try you dough recipe! We are even going to invest in a Roccbox!😬

        • Paula says
          Posted April 22, 2018

          I love all your posts! Very genuine and sincere and funny. You and your family make me 😃

  4. Ashley says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    What kind of cheese and sauce do you prefer to use?

  5. Kay says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    It’s a lifestyle blog don’t read the post then. I don’t even eat Pizza but it doesn’t bother me. Keep the content the same Kate. Some people like the lifestyle variety along with pizza post! Its something your family enjoys doing together and I think that is so cool. 🙂

  6. Nicole says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    Kate – have you ever tried making pizza dough in a bread machine? My mom gave me hers and we’ve made some in the past and then grilled them on the big green egg. Just curious if you have any good pizza dough bread machine recipes you’d recommend!

    • Kate says
      Posted April 17, 2018

      I haven’t tried that!

  7. Erin A. says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    In regards to your pizza dough, when you divide it into 4, do you let all 4 rise or how do you store it for use later?

    • Kate says
      Posted April 17, 2018

      Depends on how many pizzas I need. Last time I only let 2 rise and refrigerated the other two!

  8. Michelle says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    Do you have a problem with your dough sticking to your pizza peel? We love making homemade pizza, but haven’t figured out how to solve the problem of it sticking:(

    • Kari says
      Posted April 17, 2018

      She told you in the post. Flour the peel.

    • Kate says
      Posted April 17, 2018

      Definitely go heavy on the flour for the pizza peel if you are having that problem!

  9. Amy says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    When we do pizza on the grill, we often just do the crust by itself, directly on the grate (charcoal grill). It just takes a couple minutes…then flip it and add toppings. It’s super fast and makes a nice crisp crust, too!

  10. Mardi says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    Loving these pizza posts!!! I have been on a quest for the most perfect homemade pizza for awhile. Definitely trial and error! I think I need the Pizza steel.

    • Kate says
      Posted April 17, 2018

      thanks!

  11. Nichole K says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    Have you ever frozen the dough then thawed for later use? I could halve the recipe if it doesn’t keep well, but I love stocking up my freezer for fast weeknight meals. 😊

    • Kate says
      Posted April 17, 2018

      I haven’t frozen it yet but I would definitely try it!

  12. Lori says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    I love her lifestyle posts including the pizza posts. Kate is different than many of the other “influencers” which in my opinion is much more favorable. Some of the other influencer blogs are so boring because they r all the same. How many outfits from Nordstrom do I need to buy! Life is more than clothing! love her genuiness and honesty and appreciate the glimpses in her everyday life. Please keep it coming!! I appreciate your pizza posts!

    • Kate says
      Posted April 17, 2018

      appreciate that Lori!

    • Lindsay says
      Posted April 17, 2018

      I agree, I’m so tired of Nordstrom blog posts from the (millions, it feels like) of bloggers that Nordstrom ‘uses’.

  13. KC says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    Looks so good! Thank you for sharing! Do you have a good sauce recommendation? Thank you!

  14. Posted April 17, 2018

    I have been loving this pizza posts lately! I have Celiac disease so I have been living vicariously through your posts. I have been reading your blog for years now and it honestly is so nice to see how much your blog has evolved over the years. Although your niche is beauty, I have fallen so in love with your lifestyle posts. Keep doing what you’re doing, there are many readers who love what you’re doing!

    Felicity | http://oliverandmoose.com

    • Kate says
      Posted April 17, 2018

      I have friends with that and I know thats a hard disease. Hope you find some gluten free pizza options!

  15. Leslie says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    Where do you find 00 flour?!

    • Tanelle says
      Posted April 17, 2018

      Yes! I’m wondering what this means too!

    • Kate says
      Posted April 17, 2018

      You can google it and see if stores in your area carry it or just order it on amazon like I did. I provided a link in the post!

  16. Samantha says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    SO excited for this! Would you do a blog post about stretching the dough etc since insta stories cant be re watched or saved?

  17. Jill Labbee says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    Love the pizza posts. You’ve inspired my 11 year old daughter and I to make our own and we are really enjoying the challenge. We are creating our own memories together in the kitchen.

  18. Marie says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    You have no idea how excited I was when I saw this post! I cannot wait to try this, your pizzas always look so delicious!

  19. Claire says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    I am loving all the pizza info! I love seeing someone find a new fun interest/hobby and have fun with it. I get on a kick too and go all in until I feel like I have perfected that thing. I am going to use your recipe soon. I like getting a variety in your posts, keep it up!

  20. Beth says
    Posted April 17, 2018

    When you get really comfortable pizza making, you should try making naturally leavened dough. It’s been a game changer in flavor and texture for us!😀

    • Kate says
      Posted April 18, 2018

      Googling now!

  21. Chrissy Snyder says
    Posted April 18, 2018

    I’ve enjoyed following along on your pizza making journey and it’s a nice change of pace.

    I’ve been making homemade pizza at home for years and experimenting with different doughs. I recently tried this recipe from Serious Eats.
    https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/07/basic-neapolitan-pizza-dough-recipe.html

    The 3 days cold ferment in the fridge makes a difference! It’s now my go to and it’s so easy to pull together. We cook our pizza on the Pizza Kettle insert for our Weber grill to get a wood fired like pizza. There are just so many options now to make amazing pizza at home! My kids (7 & 2) love it!

    • Kate says
      Posted April 18, 2018

      thanks!

  22. Heather says
    Posted April 18, 2018

    What kind of pizza seasoning did you use on yours?

  23. Jen says
    Posted April 18, 2018

    Just to be sure, is that 2.5 TABLESPOONS of yeast? Seems like a lot of it!

    • Kate says
      Posted April 18, 2018

      yep!

    • Lisa S says
      Posted April 18, 2018

      Yes, was just coming to ask that very question. I’m making today but will make a first try with 2.5 tsp.

      • Lisa S says
        Posted April 18, 2018

        Didn’t see your response to the question above before I posted. 2.5 tbsp it is then!

  24. Amanda P. says
    Posted April 22, 2018

    Thank you for your pizza posts! I’ve got the steel and peel in my Amazon cart right now! Can you share what sauce you have been using? You can have the most perfect crust ruined by a bitter sauce! I can’t wait for follow ups posts! Thank you for staying true to you kate!

  25. Natalie says
    Posted April 22, 2018

    I totally love the pizza posts! I have everything in my Amazon cart to purchase so I can start perfecting my own homemade pizza!

  26. Ms. Michael Curtis says
    Posted April 22, 2018

    Kate,
    I was extremely excited about you finally sharing this pizza dough recipe!! I wanted to tell you, I also made the Christmas cookie recipe you shared and they were a hit! My husband doesn’t do sweets, but he really liked these.
    I made several batches. Some were personal and also for a Christmas party. They were gone within literally a day or two. I look forward to making them again this year for the holidays!
    When I made the pizza dough recipe instead of splitting into 4, I split into three. Which I was hoping to make 3 – 12/14 in. pizzas to feed 5-6 people. They were a hit! I made a veggie, cheese, and a philly cheese steak pizza. We’re already talking about making more.
    I appreciate you taking the time to perfect these recipes. Thank you for sharing your family favorites with mine.

  27. Cara says
    Posted April 22, 2018

    Love the pizza recipe and seeing your family enjoying it on your stories! This preggo has had a serious craving for pizza, but I’ve been trying to find a good whole wheat recipe to make myself feel better about eating it, but let’s be real, it tastes like card board 😂 Can’t wait to try this REAL recipe!!