Thick Pizza Crust

Deep Dish Pizza

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins

This recipe for a thick pizza crust, used to make a deep-dish pizza, is easy and classic. Make it in a pizza pan that you can buy at for best results.

The pizza crust isn't necessarily thicker than a regular flat pizza crust, but it is more substantial because it holds a lot more filling. The crust covers the sides of a deep-dish pizza pan and must hold a lot of sauce, ingredients such as pepperoni, mushrooms, and sausage, and cheese.

This isn't a difficult recipe to make; just follow the instructions and let the dough rise as directed and you will have a great pizza for dinner.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the yeast, 1/2 cup flour, and 1/2 cup warm water in a bowl and mix well. Cover the bowl and place it in​ a warm, draft-free place; let rise for 30 minutes. Stir down the batter.

  3. Add 2 cups flour, salt, and 1 cup ​of warm water and beat well. Gradually add enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured board and knead for 10 minutes.

  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease the top of the dough so it doesn't dry out during rising. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let rise until double, about 1 hour.

  5. Punch down the dough and roll it into a 16" round. Place in greased 14" round deep dish pizza pan and form a raised edge. Let the dough rise for 30 minutes.

  6. Preheat oven to 425 F.

  7. Then top with desired toppings, such as pizza sauce, pepperoni, cooked sausage, onion, and shredded cheese, and bake in a preheated oven for 25 to 35 minutes or until the crust is deep golden brown and the cheese is melted and starting to brown.

  8. Serve and enjoy!