Parmesan Thin Crust Pizza Dough Recipe

Parmesan pizza thin crust pizza dough is a favorite of my family!  Everyone loves the flavor of the cheese in this Parmesan thin crust pizza dough recipe.  It is also so easy to make.  Instructions provided for using your stand up mixer or bread machine.

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Parmesan Thin Crust Pizza Dough Recipe:
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Parmesan Thin Crust Pizza Dough Recipe
Servings: 1 large pizza
Prepare the bread according to your choice of techniques below.
  1. Bread MakerBread Machine Recipe:

  2. Add all the dough ingredients (in the order listed) in the bread pan of bread machine.  Process according to manufacturer's instructions for a dough setting.  NOTE: Don't be afraid to open the lid and check the dough.  It should form a nice elastic ball.

  3. Check the dough (don't be afraid to open the lid).  It should form a nice elastic ball.  If you think the dough is too moist, add additional flour (a tablespoon at a time).  The same is true if the dough is looking dry and gnarly.  Add warm water (a tablespoon at a time).  If you can't judge your dough by looking, stick your finger in and feel the dough.  It should be slightly tacky to the touch.

  4. Kitchen Aid MixerStandup Mixer Recipe:

  5. In a large bowl or in the bowl of a 5-quart stand mixer, add all the dough ingredients.  

  6. Using dough hook, mix everything together into a uniform dough.  The dough should form a nice elastic ball.

  7. NOTE:  Dough may be refrigerated at this point and stored until ready to use.  To store each batch of dough, spray a plastic bag with nonstick spray and place the dough in it.  Store no longer than 7 to 10 days, or if frozen for up to 2 months.  If refrigerated or frozen prior to use, allow the portions to come to room temperature before they are rolled out.

  8. Preheat the Pizza Stone or tiles to 450 degrees for 30 minutes.  Prepare your favorite toppings; set aside until ready to use.

Shaping the Pizza Dough:
  1. When the pizza dough is done, remove the dough from the bread machine to a lightly-floured surface.  Knead the dough several times and form the dough into an oval; cover with a towel and let rest for 10 minutes.

  2. After the 10 minute rest period, on a lightly-floured surface, pressing down with floured fingertips, shape the dough into a small, flat disk.  Working from the center, push the dough outward while spreading your fingers, making the disk larger.

  3. Pick up the dough.  Move your hands along the edges, allowing gravity to pull the dough into a 14-inch circle, oval, or rectangle.

Assemble your Pizza:
  1. Place the dough on the prepared Pizza Peel.  The dough must be docked.  NOTE: Thin pizza crusts usually need to be well docked to help control blistering and bubble formation during baking.  This just means to prick it all over the middle part (not the edges) so that it doesn't inflate.  Either use a Dough Docker or use a fork to prick the dough thoroughly.

  2. Pre-cook the pizza crust for approximately 4 minutes before adding any toppings.  After pre-cooking, remove the partially baked crust from the oven and pop any large air pockets with a fork.  Let crust cool before topping (this will produce a crispy and chewy crust).

Adding Pizza Toppings:
  1. Brush the preheated dough with some olive oil and layer your favorite pizza ingredients (toppings).

Baking the Prepared Pizza:
  1. Bake for approximately 10 to 15 minutes in your preheated oven until the crust is golden brown on the bottom and the top is bubbly.

  2. Remove your pizza from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a serving pan.  This cooling down step allows the crust to stay crisp while it cools.

  3. Once cool, using your Pizza Cutter or Pizza Wheel to cut your pizza into slices and serve.

  4. Makes 1 (14-inch) large pizza or 2 (6-inch) individual pizzas.

Freezing Pizza Dough - How To Freeze Pizza Dough:
  1. Once the pizza dough is prepared, form the dough into a ball the size you would use to make one (1) large pizza.  If making a larger batch of dough, for the dough into balls.  Optional:  Lightly spray each dough ball with cooking spray or lightly wipe with olive oil (making sure all sides are lightly covered).  Place each ball of dough into individual re-sealable freezer bags.  Seal, squeezing out all the air from the bag.  Place in the freezer until ready to use.  The pizza dough may be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

  2. When ready to use, remove from the freezer and place in your refrigerator 12 hours or overnight.  Before baking, remove the dough from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature, let sit on the counter for approximately 30 minutes.  You are now ready to stretch out your dough and prepare your pizza.


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Comments and Reviews

One Response to “Parmesan Thin Crust Pizza Dough Recipe”

  1. C. Howard

    I find that weighing ingredients results in a better crust. Sifting the flour helps with the texture. I will make the dough two days in advance, refrigerate it, making sure it’s protected from drying out. When ready to use, let dough warm up at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes. If using a metal sheet pan, I use about a tablespoon of olive oil on the bottom of the crust.

    I have used 3/4 cup sharp cheddar and rolled into breadstick size. So good!


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