All good pizzas begin with the perfect crust which serves as the foundations for the familiar food so many of us have come to love. Although it is relatively simple to make delicious pizza crusts at home with a few ingredients, there are a few tips you will want to keep in mind to make the process even easier.
Use the pizza dough recipe of your choice and add in a few of your favorite herbs and spices.
For a thick crust, roll the pizza dough out until it is about an inch thick while thinner crusts should be rolled out to about a quarter of an inch thickness.
You may want to partially bake your crust with no toppings added or just the sauce and one topping before baking it again with the cheese to keep it from burning.
To keep your crust from becoming soggy and unmanageable, use sauce sparingly and precook any ingredients with high water content.
For the crispiest of crusts, use a pizza stone that is preheated along with the oven.
Then, always allow your pizzas to cool for a few minutes before slicing to keep the cheese and other toppings from sliding off.
Mixed Herbs Pizza Crust Recipe
What You Need
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup warm water
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon garlic, finely minced
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
How to Make It
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt and mix well. Create a small depression in the center of the dry mixture and then pour the cup of warm water and olive oil down inside.
Stir the mixture until all of the ingredients are well blended.
Add the dried parsley, minced garlic, dried basil, oregano, and thyme to the mixture along with the black pepper and stir until the dough becomes stiff.
Continue mixing the dough with your hands until all the ingredients are well combined and a ball of dough begins to form.
Lightly flour the kitchen counter or a flat surface and place the dough ball on top then knead it for a few minutes or until it becomes smooth and just a bit sticky.
Coat a bowl with olive oil and place the ball of dough inside. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel, place it in a warm area, and allow it to rise for about an hour.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove the dough from the bowl and knead it for a minute or two. Roll out the dough into a circle about 12 to 16 inches in diameter depending on how thick you want your pizza crust to be.
Place the dough onto a pizza coupon code pan then add the sauce and toppings of your choice before baking.
Depending on the amount and type of toppings used, bake your mixed herbs pizza crust for 15 to 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbling.
Serves 4 to 6.