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      — In, “joes71351” wrote:


      > I want to start making pizza at home, and we like thin pizza crust –

      > the thinner the better. I need recipes or instructions how to make

      > good THIN pizza crust.


      > Thanks in advance!


      > Lyn in Indiana


      For many years I have been trying to learn the secrets of making a

      good thin-crust pizza. I’ve had this type of pie at various pizza

      parlors such as Shakey’s Pizza Restaurant, Pizza Inn, Pizza Hut, and

      the Village Inn Pizza Parlor. I have been told that this type of

      pizza is officially known as an “Original California-Style” pizza and

      is also found at such restaurants as Straw Hat and Round Table. To

      quote the folks at Straw Hat, “California crust is special, it’s a

      layered, flaky crust. It’s airy and crispy on the bottom, yet

      bubbling on top. It has a cracker-like crunch, and is never soggy or


      Here are some of the secrets that I have learned so far:

      The whole concept of the thin crust is more than just the flour or

      dough recipe, it is the method of sheeting the dough into the pizza

      pan. Most restaurants employ the use of a special machine known as a

      dough sheeter (or roller) which rolls out the dough quickly and

      evenly. They typically run the dough through the sheeter about 5 or 6

      times, dusting the dough with flour each time, to get it down to the

      paper-thin thickness. The function of the dusting flour is to

      actually incorporate more flour into the dough during the sheeting

      process. The dough is typically short a little flour in the mixing

      process so that it will sheet easier, so the dough reaches its final

      flour content during the dusting and sheeting process.

      Acme Dough Roller

      Thin-crust pizza dough is somewhat dry and dense after sheeting. You

      will need to dust the dough with flour several times as you roll it

      out in order to incorporate more flour into the recipe. This also

      helps ensure that the dough will not stick to the countertop and your

      rolling pin.

      It is important that you use flour with a high gluten content (12%

      protein or higher) in order to make the crust crispy. The King Arthur

      Flour Company manufactures a high-gluten flour that contains 14%

      protein which is excellent for this recipe (see their “Sir Lancelot”

      brand). If you don’t have Sir Lancelot handy then use a quality bread

      flour that contains at least 12% protein. Do not use all-purpose


      Retard dough a full day (24-hours) in the refrigerator (38 °F to 40 °

      F). This allows the yeast to work long and hard which develops the

      dough’s characteristic texture and, more importantly, its unique

      flavor. Allow dough to warm to room temperature for about an hour or

      two before rolling out and docking.

      Dough docker

      The dough must be docked after being sheeted and placed in pan.

      Docking prevents large air bubbles from forming in the crust. If you

      do not own a dough docker, you can use a fork to prick the dough


      Optional: Pre-cook the crust for 4 minutes before adding the sauce

      and toppings. This allows the crust to become more crisp before

      weighing it down with toppings.

      I have worked long and hard developing this recipe and it is by no

      means perfect. I have eaten more test-pizzas than I care to admit. I

      hope you enjoy the fruits of my labor and I hope that you share your

      pizza making experiences with me. Good luck!

      Dough Recipe

      1 pound (or about 3 1/2 cups) high gluten flour

      3/4 cup warm water

      1 tablespoon vegetable oil

      1 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast

      1 1/2 teaspoon sugar

      1 teaspoon salt

      In a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with dough hook, add the water,

      oil, yeast, salt, and sugar. Mix thoroughly until yeast has fully

      dissolved. Add flour and mix on low speed until all of the flour and

      water have mixed and a stiff dough ball forms, about 3 to 4 minutes.

      Stop mixing as soon as the dough ball forms as this type of dough

      should not be kneaded.

      Place the dough ball into a large bowl and cover tightly with plastic

      wrap. Let the dough rise for 24 hours in the refrigerator before

      using. Please note that I cannot over-emphasize the importance of a

      24-hour rising time since it is absolutely essential for the dough to

      develop its signature texture and, more importantly, its unique

      flavor! Do not skip this step!

      Thin-Crust Pizza Sauce

      28 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes in heavy puree

      1 tablespoon fresh green bell pepper, finely chopped

      1 teaspoon fresh yellow onion, finely chopped

      1 clove fresh garlic, minced

      1 teaspoon dried thyme

      1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

      1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

      Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into

      a saucepan and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes (do not allow the

      sauce to boil). Allow to cool to room temperature before using.

      Preheat your oven to 500 °F about one hour before you plan to bake

      the pizza.

      Turn the dough out onto a large surface and dust with flour. Using a

      heavy rolling pin (or dough sheeter), roll the dough out very thin to

      form a 24-inch or larger circle. If you’re using a cutter pizza pan

      (recommended), dust the pan lightly with flour, place the dough in

      the pan and dock. Use the rolling pin to trim off the excess dough

      drooping over the sides of the pan. If you wish to cook the pizza

      directly on a pizza stone (not using a pan), then place the dough on

      a dusted pizza-peel, dock, and fold the edge over 1-inch all the way

      around and pinch it up to form a raised lip or rim.

      Optionally, pre-cook the crust for 4 minutes before adding any sauce

      or toppings. Remove the crust from the oven and pop any large air

      pockets that may have formed. Add the sauce, shredded mozzarella

      cheese, and your favorite toppings. Continue baking, on the lowest

      oven rack, rotating the pan half way through so that it cooks evenly,

      until crust is sufficiently browned and crisp, about 10 to 15

      minutes. Remove the pizza from the oven and slide pizza out of

      cooking pan onto a large wire cooling rack or cutting board. Allow to

      cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a serving pan. This step

      allows the crust to stay crisp while it cools, otherwise the trapped

      steam will soften the crust.

      Once cool, use a pizza cutter to slice the pie into pieces and enjoy!

      Kelly in IL

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