I have lived in so many places I believe I may be part gypsy. (No offense to anyone intended).
When I work on my blog posts, I believe my cooking heart may be firmly rooted in Illinois. I have been gone 20 years now and my need to eat foods that are similar to what I grew up on has driven me to create recipes. You would think I would give it up after 20 years and learn to eat what the locals eat in my current locales…….
Today’s feature is thin crispy crust pizza. I have made hundreds of homemade pizzas and this is the recipe I keep going back to. It is fairly quick and I tend to have the ingredients on hand since it uses no yeast.
There is nothing better than a pizza with a crispy crust and a perfectly melted cheese to soothe a wandering soul.
Sometimes, I’ll make 2 pizzas so we can have leftovers the next day for lunch. I have been known to eat this straight out of the refrigerator, but Andy prefers his rewarmed.
I find this reheats the best if you stick it in a hot oven until the cheese is bubbly again, then transfer the pizza pieces into a medium hot skillet until the crust is crispy again.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Spray a 16 inch pizza pan with cooking spray and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl combine oil and water. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing as you go. Continue mixing until the dough comes together and is no longer sticky. You may need to add more flour or water 1 tablespoon at a time to reach workable consistency.
When dough has come together, cover with a towel and set in a warm place for 10 minutes.
Place dough onto prepared pizza pan and press or roll until it is at the edge of the pan, all the way around.
Trim any dough that is hanging over the edges of the pan.
Let rest for 5 minutes. If there has been any shrinkage in size, roll the dough to the edge of the pan again.
Place in preheated oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until the crust is beginning to brown in spots. Leave the oven set to 425 degrees F.
Remove from oven and place on a heat proof work area.
Cover with favorite sauce, followed by mozzarella cheese, then topping of your choice.
Place back in 425 degrees F oven, bake until cheese and toppings have reached your desired doneness.
Carefully remove from the oven and cut into your desired shape.
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