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Favorite Pizza Crust Recipe

Homemade pizza is my favorite dish to make for my family. They love this crust because it is soft yet has a little crisp to it.—Kathleen Miller, Battle Ground, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, divided


  • 1. Dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water; set aside. In a large bowl, place remaining water, salt, sugar, oil, cornmeal and 2 cups flour; mix well. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5-6 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Punch the dough down and divide in half. Roll dough into two 16-in. circles; place on greased pizza pans. Top with desired pizza ingredients. Bake at 400° until crust is lightly golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Yield: 2 pizzas (16 inches each).

Nutritional Facts

2 slice: 282 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 395mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein

Reviews for Favorite Pizza Crust

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Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"Easy to make and very tasty. I make extra and freeze uncooked for later."

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2013

"Would make again, I had to use more flour."

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

"This was easy and we liked it. Will make again. I did let mine rise for more like 45 minutes. And used all but 1/2 cup of the flour."

Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

"This crust was perfect with the chix enchilada pizza. With the cornmeal in it, I would think any Mexican/Southwest Pizza combination would be good."

Reviewed May. 17, 2011

"We loved this pizza crust recipe. It had a great texture and was very tasty!"

Reviewed May. 17, 2011

"We loved this pizza crust recipe. It had a great texture and was very tasty!"

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"This is a great recipe...but please fix it to add the yeast mixture as novice cooks may not know to add this in if not instructed...."

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2010

"This was really easy and good. I had friends and family over and we made individual pizza's. It was fun to have everyone create their own yummy masterpiece. This crust recipe was so easy to work with. I'll use it again."

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2010

"I made this crust today in my bread machine. I cut the recipe in half, and used whole wheat flour in place of the cornmeal which I didn't have on hand. I used one cup of water, and one and one-fourth teaspoons of yeast. It was wonderful, very good flavor, and easy to make and handle. I definitely will use this recipe again. I may try the corn meal next time, but the whole wheat was excellent as well. Thanks!"

Reviewed Jul. 28, 2009

"I used whole wheat flour for the first 2 cups of flour so it would be more healthy."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2008

"This made a great crust but the directions don't include specific instructions to add the dissolved yeast to the dough. I added it after mixing in the first two cups of flour. It seemed to work okay. I did have to let it rise longer than 30 minutes...probably more like an get it to double in size. Thanks for sharing the recipe. We'll use it again."

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