With its worldwide popularity (for good reason), pizza satisfies both busy weeknights and weekend dinners.
As the American market grows, the ability to order and receive a delicious, hot pizza is very easy. On your way home, you can grab a favorite from your favorite restaurant.
How about making your own pizza? You can’t beat making your own pizza and beating any takeout.
Home cooks, on the other hand, have a hard time getting their crusts to be crisp, and most end up with a sad, soggy crust.
What is the best way to make home-made crispy pizza? To make a crispy pizza, you must use the right type of dough, choose the sauces and toppings carefully, and use the correct methods for the type of oven you are using.
Find out how to make perfect thin and crispy pizza at home, how to bake it using your oven, how to prepare the crust and more in our detailed guide:
The Secret To Thin Crust Pizza
In addition to the dough, sauces and toppings, and baking techniques all contribute to the success of thin crust pizza. Here are the details for each.
Due to the crucial role the crust plays in the overall flavor and experience of a pizza, it is important to not cook it too long or burn it, nor to make it too soft or soggy.
Making the perfect dough for the perfect crust requires you to keep these things in mind:
- Ingredients of high quality
- Ingredients and their quantities
- (For fermentation) Time and temperature
- Keeping the dough kneaded and stretching it
It is important that you choose the correct flour when making pizza dough, since flour and water are the two main ingredients (along with yeast).
Pure water, especially warm water, is one of the most important factors in terms of speeding up leavening, since it is the cheapest option.
Pizza dough’s water-to-flour ratio is an important parameter. A dough that is too wet will become tacky, while a dough that is too dry will not be well incorporated.
A pizza crust’s taste, digestibility, and stretchiness are also influenced by yeast, oil, and sugar, which is why they should be carefully added to the mix.
Other steps to get the dough to be strong and pliable include kneading and stretching.
Worked dough forms a strong gluten network, trapping gases and making the pizza light and digestible.
It is easy to stretch, springs back easily, and is soft when well-proofed dough is used. Gluten over-development will result in a dough that does not stretch, whereas under-development will cause the dough to begin to tear.
The Sauces And Toppings
The toppings and sauces on a pizza give it its distinctive flavor. Using your favorite ingredients and experimenting with others is fun.
No matter what you put on your pizza, be sure to not use too much moisture as moisture can prevent you from getting a nicely crispy pizza.
If you want to make your pizza crispy at home, please follow the following rules:
- You should only add a thin layer of sauce to the pizza so that the dough can still be seen through.
- Adding so many extra ingredients can result in excess moisture, slow down the cooking process, and lead to a soggy, undercooked crust that is easy to crumble.
- It is important to use a cheese that dries golden and stretches. Using fresh mozzarella requires draining it in advance, cutting it up, and allowing it to dry in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
There is a significant relationship between the quality of pizza and crispiness of the crust and the oven in which the pizza is baked.
In order to bake a pizza at home, you need an oven that includes factors such as:
- The temperature
- The humidity
- Cooking time
- Fuel supply
- Quality of the oven
It is important to maintain a consistent temperature in your oven while baking in order to bake a crisp pizza.
Moisture evaporating from the oven and heat transfer into the food are influenced by humidity, which ultimately prevents the dough from overdrying.
In general, it takes longer to cook pizzas depending on what type of oven you are using and the type of pizza you are making. In some ovens, a pizza can be cooked in two minutes, whereas in others, it may take longer.
Methods To Use With Different Types Of Ovens
As with any cooking process, there are a number of factors to consider, including the quality of the raw ingredients, the skill and expertise of the pizza maker, the dough, and the oven used to bake the pizza.
You have a few choices when it comes to the type of oven you use, including wood-fired, electric, or gas ovens. Every pizza has different characteristics and needs a different approach to baking a crispy crust.
The only authentic way to make pizza is in a wood-fired oven. You cannot get that unique smoky flavor in other ovens because it reaches the highest temperature.
The cost of wood-fired ovens and the time and effort it takes to use them may be on the higher end, but they are worth the effort and investment once you have them down.
The electric oven is cheaper and easier to use, but it’s not the best for making pizza since it doesn’t reach a very high temperature.
On the other hand, gas-fired ovens can achieve higher temperatures and are easier to operate compared to wood-fired and electric ovens.
A wide range of models are further subdivided into these three broad categories, with each specializing in a particular size, style, feature, performance, or price.
The temperature of the oven and its humidity play important roles in getting a perfect pizza, as mentioned above.
With a good oven, you can easily maintain and clean the temperature, deliver maximum heat transfer, and use it at any time.
The outside of the pizza will be crispy and the inside will be chewy when made in a wood-fired oven.
The crust will dry out more quickly if your pizza is baked in an electric or gas oven.
You will be able to make crispy pizza at home, just like the pros, after you understand how your oven works and discover the best method to use for the best results.
A crisp Neapolitan pizza requires the following ingredients:
- To keep the oven at the right temperature for a long time, turn it on several hours before you plan to use it.
- Add firewood to your oven to maintain a consistent temperature as you cook.
- Pass a damp cloth on the oven floor and move the dying embers to the side.
- Onto the peel, slide the pizza carefully.
- In the oven, rotate the pizza so it is evenly cooked.
- The bottom as well as the top of the crust should be brown and crisp.
An electric or gas-fired oven needs the following ingredients to make a crispy Neapolitan pizza:
- When baking, make sure the oven is preheated so that the temperature is stable.
- The best pizza stones absorb heat and release it slowly.
- Use a baking tray that is not too thick, as these will heat up quickly when contacted with the pizza stone or oven floor.
- Keep the oven door closed so as not to reduce the temperature unnecessarily.
- Move the pizza to a different rack height to cook it properly.
To make the perfect crisp pizza, you’ll need a lot of patience, skill, and effort. Do not let your first attempt discourage you. Keep practicing and you’ll get it!
Tips For Preparing The Crust
The following tips can help you prepare the crust at home for a crisp pizza:
- Proof the dough in the refrigerator so that the flavor and texture can develop quickly without over-proofing.
- Cold dough should not be stretched since the coldness in the fridge contracts the gluten and tightens it. If the dough is still in the fridge, leave it out for at least an hour on the counter.
- You don’t want the dough too thin because the sauce, cheese, and toppings will not hold up.
- Overkneading will result in bready crust. Do not knead more than three minutes.
- It is better to stretch the dough by hand than to roll it out, since rolling pushes all the air out of the dough and results in a dense crust.
- You should use the right flour for your pizza and try to find some Italian “00” bread flour or premium bread flour.
- If you want to get a crispier crust, you need a pizza stone or a pizza steel that heats quickly.
- The base of the pizza should be rubbed with semolina since it facilitates the movement of the dough and enhances its flavor and texture. You will need some flour to prevent the semolina from being too gummy.
- You should not overload the pizza with toppings since this could hinder the transport process and cause the crust to get soggy.
Here are a few additional questions about making the perfect crispy pizza at home that might arise now that we have covered all the essential points.
What is the best temperature for cooking crispy pizza?
In commercial pizza ovens, especially wood-fired ones, temperatures reach over 900°F (over 500°C) and thin crust pizzas are cooked in less than 15 minutes.
The average home oven only reaches about 250°C (around 500°F), which is why you must heat your oven as hot as you can. Pizza will be tastier and crunchier if the heat is higher.
Preheating your oven and pizza stone or pan at least 30 minutes before cooking your pizza will yield the best results. When you open the oven to put the pizza in, you will lose as little heat as possible.
What is the purpose of a pizza stone?
Cooking thin crust pizza traditionally involves cooking it on a hot slab of brick or concrete in a pizza oven. The dough gets crispy because heat is quickly transferred from the surface to the dough.
With pizza stones made of ceramic, you can make crispiest pizza from your home oven using the same method as professionals do.
In the absence of a pizza stone, you can use an upturned or rimless baking tray that you pre-heat just like a pizza stone before you place your pizza on it.
What is the best way to reheat leftover pizza so that it stays crispy?
Pizza leftovers can be reheated either in the oven or on the stovetop, so that it stays crisp.
The best and fastest method for reheating pizza is to use a skillet, which keeps the crispiness of the pizza while melting the cheese perfectly. To do so, follow these steps:
- Over medium heat, heat the skillet.
- Slices of pizza can be added after they have been cooking for a few minutes.
- Make sure the toppings also heat up by adding a few drops of water to the sides of the pan.
- Steam should be trapped inside the pan as soon as it is covered.
- Give the leftover pizza a second life by letting the stovetop work its magic for a few minutes.
In addition to rewarming your pizza in the oven, you can also reheat it in the microwave. Although you need to be extremely careful not to do it incorrectly, since a delicious pizza can become stale.
In addition, it may take longer to figure out how to use it, but once you do, your leftover pizza will come out perfectly crisp and crunchy. To do so, follow these steps:
- A preheated oven of 350°F is necessary.
- Before placing the slices in the oven, wrap them in foil to ensure even heat distribution. A preheated sheet pan can also be used.
- For a crispy pizza, bake it for at least 10 minutes.