Thin Crust Cheese Pizza

Yield: 2 13-inch pizzas


For the crust:

3 cups (16½ oz.) bread flour

2 tsp. sugar

½ tsp. instant yeast

1 1/3 cups ice water

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

1½ tsp. salt

For the sauce:

1 (28 oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. red wine vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. oregano

¼ tsp. ground black pepper

For topping:

Olive oil, for brushing

½ cup (1 oz.) finely grated Parmesan cheese

2 cups (8 oz.) shredded whole-milk mozzarella


To make the dough, combine the flour, sugar, and yeast in the bowl of a food processor* fitted with the metal blade.  Pulse just to combine.  With the machine running, add the ice water through the feed tube and process just until the dough is combined and all dry ingredients are incorporated, about 10 seconds.  Let dough rest for 10 minutes.

Add the oil and salt to the dough.  Process until the dough forms a smooth, tacky ball that clears the sides of the bowl, about 30-60 seconds.  Remove the dough from the bowl, knead briefly on a lightly oiled work surface, about 1 minute.  Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours and up to 3 days.  (After the period of refrigeration, the dough can be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and frozen for later use.)

To make the sauce, combine all ingredients in a food processor.  Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.  Transfer to a bowl or container and refrigerate until ready to use.

One hour before baking the pizza, adjust an oven rack to the second highest position and place a baking stone on the rack to preheat.  Preheat the oven to 500˚ F.  Remove the pizza dough from the refrigerator and divide in half.  (If you plan to freeze a portion of the dough, this is the time to wrap in plastic, place in a freezer bag and freeze for later use.)  Form each half into a ball and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet.  Spray the dough balls lightly with cookies spray.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour.

To assemble the pizza, transfer a dough ball to a well floured work surface.  Flatten into an 8-inch disk, leaving a slightly thicker edge around the rim.  Using your hands, gently stretch the dough to a 12-inch circle.  (I needed to use the rolling pin a bit to get my crust thin enough.)  Transfer the dough to a well floured pizza peel and stretch to a 13-inch circle.  Lightly brush the thicker edge of the disk with olive oil.  Spread ½ cup of the pizza sauce over the dough.  Sprinkle evenly with the grated Parmesan and the shredded mozzarella.  Carefully transfer the pizza to the preheated baking stone.  Bake until the cheese is bubbling and slightly browned, 10-12 minutes.  Let cool about 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

*This dough can also be made in a stand mixer or by hand.  Keep in mind, the idea is to avoid warming the dough, so a food processor or mixer is optimal.

Printed from Annie’s Eats