Basic Pizza Crust

Basic Pizza Crust

Even the best pizzas are nothing without the crust. A good crust makes an average pizza extraordinary. Make pizzeria quality pizza at home. Use this basic pizza crust recipe as the foundation to a delicious homemade pizza.


  • 1/4 ounce package active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water, 105 to 115 degrees F
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 dash salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal


  1. Dissolve yeast in water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in oil and salt. Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead about 8 to 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.
  3. Sprinkle cornmeal over 2 lightly greased 12-inch pizza pans. Divide dough in half. Lightly grease hands, and pat dough evenly into pizza pans.
  4. Bake at 425 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes or until pizza crust is lightly browned.

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