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Delicious Deep Dish Pizza Dough

Sometimes it is nice to have a satisfying, deep-dish pizza dough recipe and other times a thin and crispy crust suits the toppings better. This recipe for deep-dish pizza dough is simple to make and the results are spectacular. You can use either instant yeast or quick-rise yeast for this deep-dish pizza dough recipe.

You can use any toppings you want on this deep-dish pizza dough. You might like to coat the dough with cheese, then add bacon, sausage, green bell pepper, fresh basil, and crushed tomatoes for example, and then top with mozzarella and parmesan. Deep-dish pizza is very filling and great served piping hot.

This makes a really filling meal for the whole family, and you can consider using different toppings on each half if different people have their own preferences. Because the deep dish crust is quite strong you can really pile those toppings on there if you want to make a substantial pizza.

Ladle on plenty of your favorite tomato sauce, then follow with meat, cheese and vegetables, as well as other tasty toppings like olives, anchovies or jalapeño slices. Fresh basil is nice to garnish pizza, but if you are baking it, dried herbs work better, so add a sprinkling of dried basil, dried oregano, or both, before baking, to add an authentic and aromatic Italian touch.

Deep Dish Pizza Crust
Summary: A deep-dish pizza is sure to fill even the hungriest belly. The recipe makes 2 deep-dish crusts, and you can use your favorite sauce and topping on these.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Pizza
Serves: 8
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1¼ cups warm water
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2¼ teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  1. Mix the yeast with ¼ cup warm water, ¼ cup flour and all the sugar in a bowl.
  2. Cover and let it stand in a warm place for 15 minutes, then mix in all the other ingredients.
  3. Let the dough stand covered for about 1½ hours, then punch it down and knead until the correct texture is achieved.
  4. You might need to add some more flour if it is too sticky.
  5. Divide it in half to make 2 pizza crusts.

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Knowing how to make a deep-dish pizza crust means you will be able to add this recipe to your repertoire of Italian comfort food. Thin and crispy is often the way to go if you want that style of pizza, but sometimes your belly will be demanding something heartier and more substantial, in which case consider deep-dish instead. The photo gives you an idea of how lovely this will look. The recipe above is just for the crust. The exact baking time depends on the toppings you use and how thick you roll out the dough, but it is sure to come out beautifully whatever toppings you select.

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