I came across this advertisement in my Cooking Light magazine and it seemed too good to be true. Home made pizza crust in less than 30 minutes? No way!
Well, I gave it a try and documented the results just for you. And it turns out that you CAN make home-made pizza crust in 30 minutes. Which makes this a great week night option for busy families that is both kid and adult friendly.
Here is the recipe:
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Combine 1 cup flour, 1 packet Fleischmann’s RapidRise Yeast, 1-1/2 tsp sugar, and 1/4 tsp salt in a large bowl.
- Add 1 cup very warm water (120-degrees to 130 degrees F, use a thermometer) and 3 tbsp oil.
- Mix ingredients together until well blended.
- Gradually add 1/2 cup flour until dough forms a ball.
- Add additional flour, if needed, to handle.
- Spoon dough onto floured surface. (Dough will be sticky.)
- Knead dough until it is smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes.
- Cover with kitchen towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Roll out dough.
- Press dough into a greased pizza pan. Top with pizza sauce, cheese and toppings.
- Bake on the lowest rack for 12 to 15 minutes, until crust browns.
A few tips/hints:
- You can prep your toppings while the dough is resting. You’ll want tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and whatever else your family likes. We usually go with pepperoni, sliced tomatoes, sliced red/orange peppers, black olives, ham, pineapple, and other types of cheeses like fresh mozzarella or feta.
- I always roll out the dough on to the pan and then cook it for a couple of minutes without toppings on it. That way, it is partially baked before it goes in with the toppings on. I find it cooks faster that way, and I never have a doughy center, which can happen when you really pile on the toppings.
Honestly, this pizza was the best I’ve made in ages. The crust is really good, both as a thin crust or a thicker one. So give it a try!