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Quick and Thrifty Pizza Dough

by Kayla K on July 1, 2012

Spencer and I love pizza from Happy Joe’s which is a pizza chain unfortunately close to our apartment.  We love the thick, soft, crust and the unique toppings.  Bacon-Lettuce-Tomato is our absolute favorite.  However, a large BLT pizza costs nearly $20!  It’s okay to indulge from time to time but our habit has been getting pricey.

I have tried homemade pizza before with only mediocre results.  The crust simply didn’t compare to our favorite take-out.  After “researching” online I went with a recipe from MomAdvice.  I was intrigued by the addition of baking powder and expected it to yield a lighter crust.  I topped the pizza with some canned spaghetti sauce, fresh mushrooms, green peppers, purple onions, and ground Italian sausage.

The result was delicious!  Spencer was also very impressed.

I will definitely use this recipe again.  I look forward to trying different variations.  Perhaps a deep-dish pizza in a cast iron skillet?

Quick and Thrifty Pizza Dough
Adapted from MomAdvice

Makes 1 large or 2 medium thick crust pizzas


  • 1 1/3 C warm water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 2 TBSP cornmeal
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/4 C flour


Visit the original recipe for a bread machine version.

  1. Pour warm water into large bowl.
  2. Sprinkle sugar and yeast into water.  Stir gently.  Allow to sit 5-10 minutes until dissolved.
  3. Add remaining ingredients except flour.  Stir to combine.
  4. Stir in flour one cup at a time until a stiff dough is formed.
  5. Knead dough 5-10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  6. Return dough to bowl.  Drizzle with olive oil and turn to coat.  Cover with towel and put in warm, dry place.
  7. Allow dough to rest at least 15 minutes, up to 1 hour.  The dough may not have time to rise until double but should be stretchy.
  8. Prepare pizza toppings. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  9. Press dough evenly into greased pan.
  10. Prick dough with fork.  Par-bake crust 10 minutes.
  11. Top pizza with desired sauce, vegetables, and cheese.
  12. Bake for 10 minutes.  Broil 5 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly.

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1 Bobbie BentNeedle July 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

Just thought I’d update ya – I still haven’t tried the BLT pizza but have tried this crust and it is now my go-to crust. I love how light and tender it is, even when I had to over-bake it a bit to get too-high piled toppings hot all the way through. I tried the bread machine version at your link – and did one large with an order of cheesy breadsticks and got rave reviews from DH and MiL (who doesn’t like pizza)

2 Kayla K July 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Glad you like it! It is my go-to as well.

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