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If you want to know how to make thick crust pizza, the following recipe is very good. The dough is slowly allowed to rise for an hour in this thick crust pizza dough recipe, until it has at least doubled in size. Parmesan is added to the dough to give it a slight cheesy flavor.
You can do this with any dough recipe or leave the cheese out altogether if you prefer. A thick crust pizza can take more toppings and slightly thicker chopped toppings that a thin crust pizza. Be generous with the pizza sauce, toppings, and cheese for a deliciously satisfying thick crust pizza.
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
4 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups warm water
1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup olive oil plus extra
1 teaspoon cornmeal
2 teaspoons salt
Dissolve the yeast in the water and set aside 5 minutes.
Mix together the flour, salt and Parmesan. Stir in the yeast mixture and oil. Mix well. Turn out dough on a well-floured surface and knead 10 minutes until smooth.
Transfer to a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Punch down the dough and roll to ¾ inch thick.
Brush generously with olive oil.
Lightly oil a 14-inch pizza pan.
Sprinkle with the cornmeal and spread the dough over the pan. Add desired sauce and toppings, leaving the outside ½ inch of the crust bare. Bake for 10 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.
Makes a 14-inch pizza dough