4 tips for making a pizza crust at home

If you want to make a pizza that tastes like it came from a real pizzeria, these simple tips will teach you how to create a perfect crispy pizza crust in your very own kitchen.

4 tips for making a pizza crust at home

1. Use the right type of flour

  • The flour you use for making a pizza crust has a big impact on your end result. Most people use all-purpose flour because it typically costs less than other types of flour at the store, but high-protein bread flour provides the best results when making a pizza crust that has the perfect crispy-chewy combination.

2. Measure flour by weight, not volume

  • The worst way to measure flour is by using a measuring cup. When measuring flour for your pizza crust, use a scale. A scale eliminates all the guesswork involved with mixing the correct amount of flour in your dough.
  • Since flour becomes compressed, a measuring cup is an inaccurate way to measure. When you measure by weight instead of volume, you'll end up with the correct amount of flour every time, no matter how compressed it may be.

3. Refrigerate the dough

  • If you desire a perfectly browned, flavourful pizza crust, allow your dough to cold-ferment in the refrigerator. After forming the dough, store it in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge for a day or two before you make your pizza. This gives the yeast time to slowly digest the carbohydrates in the dough mixture.
  • After storing it in the refrigerator, allow the dough to rest at room temperature for about a half-hour before you shape your pizza. If the dough springs back every time you try to shape it into a crust, let it sit at room temperature for another 15 minutes or so. This gives the gluten more time to relax, making the dough easier to handle so you can form a perfect pizza crust.

4. Bake at high heat on a low rack

  • Pizza from a real pizzeria often tastes better than homemade because it's cooked at a much higher temperature than most people use at home. A hotter oven temperature allows vapour pockets to form and expand in the crust, resulting in a deliciously airy crust full of air bubbles. Crank up your oven to its highest heat setting when baking a pizza.
  • It's also important to preheat the oven with your pizza stone or pan on the lowest oven rack. This way, the pizza will brown better and cook more evenly. Remember, the hotter the pan, the crispier your crust will be.

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