Wednesday Baking: Foolproof Pan Pizza

Who doesn’t love a good pan pizza? That thick, chewy crust, with its crisp outside and enough substance to hold up to plenty of toppings. A good thick crust pizza is almost fried on the bottom and has a distinctive chewy texture. This recipe, from the Serious Eats blog, gives exactly that result at home.

The long rising time of the dough is one of the essential parts of this recipe. Don’t skimp on that. I let mine rest for the full 24 hours. That’s what develops the spongy texture and depth of flavor. This is what the dough should look like when its finished its proofing:

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See how bubbly and soft that dough looks? It will be slack and loose when you are working with it to form the pizzas, but just be patient and use a light coating of flour on your hands (not too much- you don’t want to mix more flour into the dough. It will toughen it too much.), and you’ll be fine.

I don’t use quite as much oil as the recipe says in the bottom of the pans, but I do make sure there is a good amount in there- more than just a slight layer over the bottom. I think cast iron pans are essential to this recipe. They get nice and hot and help give the dough its crispy outside. I have not tried the cake pans, so I can’t say they don’t work. When you are pressing the dough into the pans, again, have patience. Pizza dough like this is very stretchy and will try to pull back when you are stretching it. Just work it slowly and let it rest a few minutes between stretches. It will work. I usually find the crusts have puffed enough to bake after about an hour in my kitchen.

This isn’t a quick and easy pizza recipe, but when what you want is that amazing deep crust pan pizza, this one can’t be beat!

Foolproof Pan Pizza

Header photo from the Serious Eats blog.

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