This Pizza crust recipe is a family favorite and is a crust we made while we were still members of the old order Amish church. We loved when Mom would treat us to a pan of homemade pizza with lots of cheese, homemade pizza sauce and all the delicious toppings. Our favorite pizza consisted of lots of meat and pepperoni was always a must have. This easy pizza crust has lots of options and can be customized to your or your family’s preference! You may also enjoy Margherita pizza on homemade flat bread or easy pizza sliders.
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Homemade Sheet Pan Pizza Crust
For the crust:
- 1 tablespoon Yeast active dry
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil (or canola oil)
- 2 3/4-3 cups flour All purpose or bread flour, see notes below.
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- several dashes garlic salt or garlic powder
Pizza Toppings (optional)
- Pizza or marinara sauce
- shredded mozzarella cheese
- cooked, loose sausage
- cooked and crumbled bacon (additional topping ideas below)
Preheat oven to 450 (at last 10 minutes of resting time).
- Whisk yeast, warm water, sugar and salt together. Allow to rest for ten minutes for the yeast to activate.
- Stir in the oil, then transfer the bowl to your stand mixer (you can also mix the flour in with a whisk-spoon, one cup at a time, then knead for ten minutes or so until soft and pliable). Add one cup flour, then mix on low to medium speed until the flour is well incorporated. Continue with the next 1 3/4 to 2 cups of flour until the dough is no longer sticky and is soft and pliable.
- For a thick crust pizza, allow the dough to rest for 30-40 minutes (skip the rise time if you prefer a flat crust). Meanwhile preheat the oven and grease a large rectangular cookie sheet with olive oil or cooking spray (we love the olive oil crust, as it gets a nice crisp on the bottom of the crust), then roll the dough out and place onto the greased cookie sheet.
- Brush garlic salt/powder and melted butter onto pizza dough (this step is optional but delicious). Assemble your favorite toppings onto pizza, starting with the sauce. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until crust has fully baked in the center (baking times may vary). Cool for ten minutes, then Enjoy!
Try serving this pizza with my fruit salad or garlic pretzel knots recipes.
⦁ Pineapple and cooked deli ham.
⦁ Black olives
⦁ Cooked, cubed chicken.
⦁ Onion, diced.
⦁ Pepper slices
⦁ Bacon, crumbled.
⦁ Browned beef
For a Hawaiian Pizza: you can add pizza sauce- shredded cheese-ham and end with pineapple.
For Meat Lover’s pizza: add pizza sauce-shredded cheese-pepperoni-Italian sausage-ham-bacon-seasoned and browned ground pork and end with browned beef.
For Deluxe Pizza: Add pizza sauce-shredded cheese-pepperoni-Crumbled, cooked Italian sausage-green and red peppers and end with diced onions.
Share your favorite pizza topping combos in the comments below!
Note* Sometimes I will do 1 1/2 cups bread flour and 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour for a softer and more bread-like crust.
The dough pictured has bread flour added to it, which makes it a little fluffier and the crust will be more bready.
This dough was made only with all purpose flour and is a more traditional crust. Either method was soft and delicious, which leaves the method up to you! You can also allow the dough to rise for an extra 30 minutes if you prefer a more aerated crust.
Add your favorite toppings and enjoy! I love making my own pizza for a budget friendly option. Homemade pizza is a great Friday or Saturday night tradition that you can have fun doing as a family, my toddlers love to make their own mini pizzas with a bit of dough for each pizza and their choice of toppings. It may be more mess, but they have fun doing it and it is a great teaching experience for them as they learn to work with food!
Pizza is one thing the Amish in our community had a lot. It was a treat to get to sit down to Gramma’s homemade pizza with lots of toppings and a soft, bread-like crust. As a bonus to the meal, we would often have Root beer floats or ice cream for dessert!
For special occasions such as a 16th Birthday party when you can join the “rumspringa” (youth group), or for a trip to the local park, we would often have pizza delivered. The option of delivery from nearby pizza shops is very convenient for some of the Amish since they usually have to pay for a “driver” (usually a neighbor with a mini van or fifteen passenger van), which can be rather pricey!