No matter the toppings, this five ingredient Perfect Pizza Crust (No Knead, No Rise) is the perfect starting point for any pizza night.
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Original content posted July 2013. Updated March 2019.
Pizza crust is such a personal thing and at times, a controversial topic. At our house, we like Chicago-style, thick crust pizza. And until this Perfect Pizza Crust (No Knead, No Rise) recipe came into our lives, we usually ordered pizza out.
Although it isn’t a thick crust, it seems to come in somewhere in the middle. It’s soft and chewy and withstands the absurd number of toppings we seem to pile on top of it. Perfect pizza crust, indeed!
This five ingredient Perfect Pizza Crust (No Knead, No Rise) takes just 20 minutes to prepare and 15 of those minutes are spent doing absolutely nothing. I mean, perfect AND easy?! Talk about amazing!
How to Make Perfect Pizza Crust (No Knead, No Rise)
In a medium sized bowl you’ll stir together water, yeast and salt. And then let it sit for 10 minutes until it appears creamy and has bubbles on the surface. A sure sign you’ve got great yeast!
Next, you’ll add bread flour and olive oil.
TIP: If you don’t have bread flour, you definitely can substitute all purpose flour that you likely already have hanging out in your pantry, but if you’re willing to spend a few extra dollars, do it! The bread flour has a higher amount of protein which means that it gives this pizza crust it’s characteristic chew.
Grab a wooden spoon and stir the flour and oil into the yeast mixture. And wait another five minutes.
Your five minutes are up, now what? Easy! You simply oil your pizza pan – lightly oil your hands as well to avoid sticking! – and place your ball of dough on the pan.
You’ll then want to gently press the pizza dough into an even layer. Once the dough is pressed into the pan, you’re ready to start loading on the toppings!
Our typical pie goes something like pizza sauce, cheese and then whatever toppings we are craving. Including my Bacon Double Cheeseburger Pizza or my son’s favorite Chili Cheese Dog Pizza. No matter the toppings, this Perfect Pizza Crust (No Knead, No Rise) is the perfect starting point for any pizza night!
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Perfect Pizza Crust (No Knead, No Rise)
- 2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 2-1/2 cups bread flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in flour, salt and oil. Let rest for 5 minutes. Lightly oil pizza pan to avoid sticking.
- Using oiled hands, press dough onto pizza pan and top with favorite toppings.
- Spread with desired toppings and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Looking for other toppings for this Perfect Pizza Crust (No Knead, No Rise)? It would definitely be a great base for this Mushroom Sausage Pesto Pizza, this BBQ Beef Pizza and this Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza.