in the kitchen: the easiest, most amazing pizza crust…ever.

Several months ago I was interested in baking my own bread (by hand, without a bread machine) and one of my lovely readers directed me to something called 5 Minute Artisan Bread. I was intrigued – 5 minutes, no kneading necessary…how much easier can it get? It can’t. This is where it’s at –  a complete game changer. It’s the only recipe I use for making pizza, garlic fingers, brushetta and regular loaves of bread.

It comes out beautifully every single time and to be honest I’m a sloppy measurer and my hired help likes to dump, mix, spill and taste test at every step. So don’t take it too seriously – just have fun with it. I guarantee you that your crust won’t be dry, thick, undercooked, overcooked…it’s always perfect. Here is how I’ve been making my own homemade pizza for the past almost 6 months:

– 3 cups lukewarm water
– 1 1/2 tablespoons pizza yeast
– 1  tablespoons sea salt ( I use 1 tbsp instead of 1.5tbsp in original recipe)
– 6 1/2 cups flour, unsifted, unbleached, all-purpose
Enough for 2 large rectangle cookie sheet pizzas.

1. Grab a BIG mixing bowl. Or big container. Or bucket.

2. Warm the water slightly. It should feel just a little warmer than body temperature. Warm water will rise the dough to the right point for storage in about 2 hours.

3. Add the yeast to the water in your big bowl. Don’t worry about getting it all to dissolve.

4. Mix in the flour and salt – kneading is unnecessary. Add all of the flour at once. Mix with a wooden spoon. Don’t knead, it isn’t necessary. You’re finished when everything is uniformly moist, without dry patches. It takes a few minutes.

5. Cover with lid (not airtight or it’ll explode off the top) or saran wrap leaving a pea-sized hole in the top to allow for gas to escape. Forget about it and let it rise for 2 hours.

6. Once 2 hours is up, with floured hands reach in and grab a handful of dough about the size of a large grapefruit. This is enough for a large rectangle pizza. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet with a mist of oil and begin stretching it to fill the baking sheet.

7. Once it’s stretched out, leave it to sit for 30-40 minutes and it’ll rise even more. To be honest, you can skip this step if you don’t have time – it’s still great just not AS great as it could be ;)

(At this point, you can make any type of pizza you want or keep reading for my recipe. I make it everytime we have company and receive nothing but compliments.)

8. Add 1/2 jar of sauce for 1 pizza (I use Simply Naturals Pasta sauce or Marinara which makes it tastes like real Italian pizza), sprinkle basil over sauce, layer with Hungarian Salami and mozza then sprinkle garlic powder & Parmesan cheese around just the edge of the dough.

9. Bake for 15 minutes at 450 degrees, or until crust looks like mine below, then broil for a couple minutes at max temp so your cheese is bubbly and golden.

10. Enjoy.

Original recipe found here. Click through to read about storing your dough and baking bread.

About Amanda

Amanda Robinson is the eco-chic, green living, fitness loving mom behind Natural Mommie. Since 2009, Amanda Robinson has been the source for moms to learn how to bring more balanced green beauty, eco-friendly, sustainable, organic products into their homes without being too “crunchy” or “granola”. Amanda is passionate about design, wellness and inspiring moms to make more eco-friendly and healthy choices without having to trade in their stilettos for Birkenstocks. In addition to Natural Mommie, Amanda is also the owner and designer behind Top Knot Style - a beautiful collection of handmade oversized luxury knitwear.

24 thoughts on “in the kitchen: the easiest, most amazing pizza crust…ever.

  1. This looks delicious – I think I will have to give it a try in very near future……….wonder if it can be converted to gluten free with gluten free flour and xantham gum as substitution??

    1. Artisan bread in five has an entire book devoted to gluten free and healthy breads. You can find the starter recipes on their website, I believe, but the books are well worth the purchase price.

  2. Tatum and I are going to try this today! I love good, homemade bread, and this sounds so easy. I love the fact that it’s easy enough that little T can help me with it. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  3. This looks amazing!!! My husband is obsessed with pizza!!! What is pizza yeast though?! Can i use instant rise? Also what is granulated yeast? I found your other recipe first. I’m so new to the bread making scene. Help me please??

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