Thin Crust Pizza

Thin Crust Pizza
4 servings

You can use a variety of toppings on this pizza crust. Don’t worry about shaping your pizza dough into a perfect round. A pizza stone is ideal for baking he pizza but if you don’t have one, you can bake the pizzas on a cornmeal-sprinkled baking sheet. You can get buffalo mozzarella at specialty food shops and Italian grocery stores. Yield is 4 servings.




pkg 1 package active dry yeast
cup ⅓ cup lukewarm water
cup ⅓ cup whole wheat flour
3 ⅓
cup 3 ⅓ cups all purpose flour
1 ½
tsp 1 ½ tsp. coarse salt
2 ½
tsp 2 ½ tsp. sugar
tsp 2 tsp. olive oil
1 ⅓
cup 1 ⅓ cups lukewarm water
Cornmeal for pizza paddle


Tbsp 3 tbsp. olive oil
clove 2 cloves garlic, chopped
oz 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes
tsp 1 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
tsp 1 tsp. coarse salt
Freshly cracked black pepper
6 6
fresh basil leaves, sliced


fillets 16 anchovy fillets, drained, rinsed, patted dry
tsp ½ tsp. salt
balls 4 balls buffalo mozzarella, sliced into ¼ inch thick rounds
20 20
fresh basil leaves, shredded


Step 1

In a small bowl, bloom the yeast in the 1/3 cup lukewarm water until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Mix dry ingredients in a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.

Step 3

While mixer is running on low speed add the yeast mixture, the oil, and enough of the remaining 1 1/3 cups water to make the dough come together.

Step 4

Knead on low speed for about 12 minutes until the dough is firm, smooth and elastic.

Step 5

Remove dough from the bowl.

Step 6

Divide dough into 4 and shape each piece into a ball.

Step 7

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 8

Set dough balls onto baking sheet and cover with a damp cloth.

Step 9

Let rise in a warm place for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Step 10

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan on medium-low heat.

Step 11

Add the garlic and saute 2 minutes or until softened.

Step 12

Add tomatoes and oregano and simmer for 15 minutes.

Step 13

Season the sauce with salt and pepper.

Step 14

Stir in the basil.

Step 15

Set sauce aside.

Step 16

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Step 17

Place pizza stone on bottom rack of oven when oven begins to preheat.

Step 18

Using your hands, stretch and pull one dough ball into a 12-inch round.

Step 19

Sprinkle some cornmeal onto a pizza paddle (if you don’t have a paddle, you can sprinkle cornmeal on a baking sheet).

Step 20

Place the pizza dough onto the paddle or baking sheet.

Step 21

Spoon over tomato sauce and add toppings.

Step 22

Transfer the pizza to the stone and bake for about 8 minutes or until topping is bubbly.

Step 23

Repeat with other balls of dough.

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