No Knead Pizza Dough. Makes itself overnight while you sleep! The easiest way to soft, tender pizza crust with a crispy bottom.
Originally published May 2020.
Full disclosure, right off the top. This is not a new recipe, it is just a different way to use the dough from our very popular No Knead Bread.
I discovered several years ago that the same dough for the bread also makes phenomenal pizza crust.
I am very, very fussy about pizza crust. To begin with, the crust should be thin, but soft at the edges and with a nice crisp bottom.
There’s nothing worse than a soggy, or thick and doughy pizza crust.
Like a good New York style pizza the crust should be substantially strong enough to hold the toppings without them dropping into your lap because of a limp pizza crust. You should even be able to fold it over like a true New yorker, eating pizza on the go.
A good pizza crust should be a good balance between softness at the edges and a crispy bottom. Good pizza crust should also have some bite to it. A pleasing chewiness without being tough is also essential.
The pizza pictured above is one of our family favourites for many years and the one pizza we make most often. Get the recipe for our BBQ Chicken Pizza here.
A pizza stone is an essential tool
I have always used a pizza stone at home to make pizza. It is the only way to get a restaurant worthy pizza at home.
A metal pizza pan can make an acceptable pizza. However, that perfect crust has to cook super fast in order to get the right bottom crispiness and texture.
That’s where a pizza stone is the right tool for the job.
I’m also including some tips and method for using a pizza stone. Follow them and you’ll have pizzeria worthy pizza every time.
Use No Knead Pizza DOugh to start your own gourmet pizza night!
Pizza night is something we do on almost a weekly basis year round. In recent years we have really upped our pizza game and you should let your creativity take the wheel when dreaming up new pizza combinations.
Just the other night my son Noah made a batch of this dough and a batch of Alfredo Sauce too! Thinking outside the standard tomato sauce can result in amazing results.
Try things like pesto, garlic oil or the Alfredo sauce used in this one.
Topping the dough and alfredo sauce on this occasion were, pepperoni, prosciutto, kalamata olives and fresh mozzarella. When it came out of the oven we finished it with a light drizzle of organic honey and some chopped fresh basil.
It truly was one of the best pizzas I have ever sampled!
If you liked this pizza crust recipe, you’ll want to use it for one of our family favourites inspired by a local Neapolitan style pizzeria. Our Caramelized Pear & Prosciutto Pizza is a sweet and salty feast for the senses. It’s definitely not boring pizza!
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No Knead Pizza Dough. Makes itself overnight while you sleep if you want! The easiest way to soft, tender pizza crust with a crispy bottom.
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 tsp of instant yeast (the kind you just add to flour, not the kind that needs to be proofed in warm water first)
- 1 1/2 cups water at room temperature or a little cooler. It should not be warm.
- 490 grams plain flour or bread flour
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp yeast
- 360 ml water
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt and yeast.
- Add the water and stir with a wooden spoon until everything combines together into a soft dough. It really does take less than a minute.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave overnight. I have left it rising for 12- 15 hours many times. The time here is quite forgiving. Somewhere in that time window or even an hour or so before is fine.
Forming the dough
- To form the dough into a ball, turn it out onto a well floured surface. The dough will be VERY sticky at this stage, so don't be afraid of using lots of flour on the board. Flouring your hands often also helps.
- Sprinkle flour over the surface of the dough. Enough so that you can pat the dough without your hands sticking.
- Pat the dough flat into what ever shape it goes. The shape is not important.
- Begin folding the dough over on itself until a rough ball forms.
- Cut the ball of dough into 3 equal pieces. I usually use a kitchen scale and weigh them. They are usually around 9-10 ounces (270-300g). Each of the three balls is sufficient for a 12-13 inch pizza.
- Shape the three pieces into balls and let rest on the counter for 15-20 minutes before using.
To make pizza
- Preheat pizza stone in a 500 to 550 degree F oven for 20 minutes.(260 degrees Celsius)
- Stretch or roll 1/4 of the dough into about a 12-13 inch round.
- Place the round on a wooden peel that has been well sprinkled with cornmeal. The cornmeal will allow the pizza to slide off the peel (I’ve even used a thin piece of cardboard in a pinch if you do not have a peel.) Make sure your pizza is sliding well on the cornmeal base before adding your toppings.
- Add the sauce, cheese and toppings. (You'll note that I dice my cheese in pieces for pizza. Grated Cheese can sometimes scorch too much in the high heat.)
- Shake your peel to make sure the pizza is not stuck. Slide the pizza onto the hot stone, shaking it slightly in a back and forth motion as you slowly retract the wooden peel.
- Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the bottom is evenly brown and the top cheese begins to brown slightly. Remove from oven and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
- If using the dough later in the day, refrigerate the dough and take it out about 30-60 minutes before you use it.
- There is also quicker method to make this dough. See notes below.
- There is a quicker version of this recipe which only takes 4 hours rising time. Simply increase the yeast from 1/4 tsp to 1 tsp.
- The nutritional information pertains only to the pizza dough. Toppings should be calculated separately.
Amount Per Serving Calories 199Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 390mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 2gSugar 0gProtein 6g
The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.