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Perfect Pizza Crust

I have spent years trying different recipes and techniques, looking for the perfect pizza crust recipe—and this is it! I'm amazed that I finally found a crust recipe my family prefers over the pizza parlor's! —Lesli Dustin, Nibley, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Pizza toppings of your choice


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt, 1 cup bread flour and the whole wheat flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining bread flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 425°. Punch dough down; roll into a 15-in. circle. Grease a 14-in. pizza pan and sprinkle with cornmeal. Transfer dough to prepared pan; build up edges slightly. Add toppings of your choice.
  • Bake until crust is golden brown and toppings are lightly browned and heated through, 20-25 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 193 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 149mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • meliss.beyer
    Oct 30, 2014

    I had my 7th grade Home and Careers class use this recipe when we did a pizza lab. We substituted the bread flour for all-purpose flour. It came out great! The kids always associated whole wheat with being gross, they had no complaints about their finished pizza though! I would make this at home in the future too.

  • SeranaJayne
    Dec 22, 2013

    Great for pizza! Tasted great with my toppings and very good!

  • Jeredz10
    Dec 20, 2013

    it is easy and taste great!

  • mom2lauren
    Nov 22, 2013

    My go-to pizza crust recipe. Just made again for supper. Have been making this since it was published in 2009. After it rises I usually divide the dough in 2 and do one for pizza and make garlic fingers with the other.

  • kjsz
    Oct 30, 2012

    My family loves this recipe! It is our go-to pizza crust. I usually throw in a little garlic powder and oregano with the flour. I'll also add rosemary if I have it available.

  • hbaseley
    Dec 18, 2011

    We love pizza, and to date our favorite recipe is from Cooks Illustrated. It was fun to try something different, but I won't make this again. I found it too thick and "doughy". The whole wheat added a slight bitterness. I like to eat healthy, but I'll keep my pizza nights an indulgence.

  • Katfulcher
    Nov 26, 2011

    No comment left

  • ahalbersma
    Nov 16, 2011

    <p>this is my family's #1 favorite pizza crust recipe! We compare it to Rocky's whole wheat crust. It is soooo good! I make it using my kitchenaid mixer with dough hook, and don't even knead it by hand. I usually use a 11x15 inch pan, let it raise for 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours and bake it a little first before I add anything on top - it turns out so tender and perfect!</p>

  • scrapo
    Jun 13, 2011

    This was okay. Have made it a few times, not our favorite pizza crust but decent.

  • NinaH
    Jun 4, 2011

    i make this at the boys camp I work at and it is a huge hit every time! Seems I can never make enough!! Fantastic recipe!