Homemade Thin Pizza Crust

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I have a pizza addiction. It could be from growing up near a predominately Italian town back in Pa. which makes  such good pizza, that now tears come to my eyes when I get the opportunity to return home and eat it again. There isnt pizza like it anywhere else Ive ever been. I sometimes will get lazy and buy a store pre-made thin crust, but when I have time I like to make my own. It just reminds me of that crust from home. It isnt hard and once you get it down to a science you’ll like to make your own. Here is a basic recipe that makes 2 – 12inch pizzas.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup lard or vegetable shortening
  • 3 1/2  to 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • olive oil
  • corn meal

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven too 500 degrees
  2. Whisk the yeast, sugar, water and lard together to make a paste.
  3. Add the flour and salt and mix, knead well by hand or use a dough hook in your mixing machine.
  4. Remove from bowl and place in a greased  bowl rubbed down with olive oil . Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide dough in half. Roll the dough into balls, cover, and let the dough rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. The dough is ready to be rolled or shaped  into a flat 12 inch wide by 1.2 inch thick pie .
  7. Sprinkle a little cornmeal on a baking sheet (if you have some, if not spray the sheet with a little cooking spray) and place plain crust  in the oven for 5 minutes to become a little firm.
  8. Take out of oven and sprinkle a little olive oil on the cooled crust and spread all over the topside.
  9. Add toppings (not too much as the crust gets soggy with too much )
  10. Bake on a rack in the middle of the oven for 8 to 10 minutes or when crust is golden to dark brown.
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