Picture this. It’s Friday night, you just got home from work, and you’ve been looking forward to pizza all day long. You open up the refrigerator and look for the refrigerated pizza dough only to find there isn’t any in there. No big deal. You walk down the stairs to the spare refrigerator and find there is no dough in there either. Cue the panic.
Yes, this happened to me last weekend. I had a long week at work and I was really looking forward to a glass of wine and some pizza on Friday evening. Unfortunately for me, we were out of pizza crust. I told my husband and we began thinking of solutions. First we looked online for pizza delivery, but everything was expensive and had way too much fat and calories. We toyed with going to the market but each of us had had a glass of champagne. In a last ditch effort I checked Pinterest to see if I could find a recipe that wouldn’t take too long.
I was ecstatic when I came across a recipe for no rise pizza crust. I had all the ingredients on hand and it looked simple. I was concerned that it wasn’t going to taste good because there was no rising time but by this point my husband and I were so hungry.
I quickly whipped up a batch, kneaded it, and rolled it out. I had some trouble getting it to shape to the pan because it didn’t want to stretch. However, after about 5 minutes it stretched and held its shape. I baked it for 5 minutes then removed it to put on the toppings. I popped it back in for 15 minutes and crossed my fingers.
When I took it out of the oven it looked golden brown and it seemed to have risen in the oven. I cut it up, put it on a couple of plates, and dinner was ready in under 30 minutes. I was tentative to try it but surprisingly it was really good! It wasn’t crispy like the crust I normally make, but it was soft and delicious. The edges were crispy and the pizza held up to the toppings. For not rising, it was really good. My husband even said it was better then the refrigerated pizza crust I normally buy!
This will now be in our repertoire for a quick and easy “on the fly” pizza crust. I’m very excited it turned out well because now we can have pizza all the time!
- 1 package dry active yeast
- 1 T. sugar
- 1 c. warm water (110 degrees)
- 2½ c. flour
- 2 t. olive oil
- 1 t. salt
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium bowl dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until bubbly, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the flour, salt and oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.
- Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a ball. Place crust to a lightly greased pizza pan dusted with cornmeal.
- Bake for 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven and spread with desired toppings. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the crust is brown.
- Remove from oven and cool 2 minutes before cutting.