No Rise Pizza Crust

Homemade pizza is a favorite around here, but I sometimes struggle with the timing of it all.  I either want to make my supper in the morning and pop it in the oven right before we eat, or start (and finish!) cooking an hour before supper.  Until I saw Crystal’s recipe, I never thought to try a no-rise dough.  This one really works for me!

No-Rise Pizza Crust

  • 1 Tbsp. yeast
  • 1 cup very warm water
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 c. white flour
  1. Mix yeast, sugar, and water.  Allow to sit for a few minutes to get yeast activated.
  2. Add salt, oil and both flours.  Mix well.
  3. Knead into a smooth dough on a floured surface.  (I usually knead for about 2 minutes.)
  4. Allow dough to rest 5-10 minutes.  (It’s easier to shape if it rests.)
  5. Press into a large, greased pizza pan.  (This recipe makes enough for one large “hand tossed” consistency crust.)
  6. Add pizza sauce (I often use tomato sauce sprinkled with Italian Seasoning) and toppings.
  7. Bake at 425° for about 15 minutes.

This pizza happened to be the “birthday version” for Daddy. The kids love taking the usual and making it special with numbers, words, or designs.  Fun!

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  1. No thats my kind of pizza dough, looks so good!

  2. Yummy!!!!!

  3. Oh yes – we love our home made pizza. I will have to compare that with mine. It looks similar and I typically don’t let it rise just because I am busy and the kids are hungry. My recipe calls for a rise, but it still works well without it. I will have to try this and see the difference. Fun – thanks so much for linking up with Tasty Tuesday. 🙂

  4. Looks great and easy!

  5. oooohhh I will so have to try this! I can’t tell you how many times that I have ended up ordering take out pizza because everyone was too hungry to wait! Thanks for posting it!

  6. Cute number idea. Gonna steal that one, thanks!

  7. Oh cool! Thank you!

  8. Great ideas for birthdays and special occasions, and to know that it works without letting it rise. Thanks for the great pictures.

  9. That’s the recipe I use too! 🙂 I almost always make my pizzas in the morning and just leave them in the fridge until right before I bake them. Makes for such an easy night then! Your pizza looks great.

  10. We’ve just recently started making our own pizza on Friday nights. I’m printing this crust recipe out. Thanks!! =)

  11. I have used Crystal’s recipe several times and we like it. You know what other recipe is an awesome pizza crust – Tammy’s Recipes – Italian Cheesy Bread. If you use that as a pizza crust it is so yummy! It does take a 20 minute rise, but it is pretty worth it. I am always searching for the perfect homemade pizza crust. I have several that I like, but I am still searching. Love the “39” pizza that is a cute idea!

  12. OOOHHH….this looks so good! Thanks for sending me the link!

  13. Yay you, getting mentioned on TipNut!!!

  14. thank you! I’d been looking for a quick pizza crust recipe!!

  15. Have you ever frozen this pizza dough? Did it work out well?

    I’ve made this dough twice now and my family loves it! I made a BBQ Chicken Pizza using leftover shredded rotisserie chicken, bbq sauce instead of red sauce, carmelized onion, shredded carrots, and cilantro. A healthier version of California Pizza Kitchen’s BBQ Chicken Pizza!


    • I have frozen it. So nice on Sunday to set it out before church and then just assemble the pizza when we get home. I spray the inside of my plastic bag before putting the dough in so that it comes out easier.

      • I have been making this pizza dough for a few years, it’s great – thank you! I was wondering when you freeze it, do you freeze it immediately (between steps 3 and 4) ?


        • Yes. Instead of smooshing it out in the pan, I freeze it in a ball (before it has a chance to rise).

          • Thank you! I finally tried freezing it and defrosted it the other day and it was perfect. Love this recipe!

          • Excellent! 🙂 I need to put that on my “before baby arrives” to-do list, so my kids and hubby can make me some pizza. 😉

  16. Yikes! This recipe was super messy. I followed yours to the T. Is yours normally messy? It was ok for in a pinch, but I prefer my refrigerated “Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day” recipe!

  17. Is there a substitute for yeast that I can use? Thanks.

  18. Hi! We recently made a quick blog post about the pizza we make with your fantastic pizza dough recipe, and we thought we would share that with you! Thanks a bunch.

  19. I have tried more pizza crust recipes than I can count, but after trying this one, we have dubbed this our favorite! It’s so easy and quick, with the perfect crispy outside and soft inside. I use all unbleached all-purpose flour and it is one of my go-to meals to serve company or take to friends (which is what we are doing tonight!). Right now our favorite topping combos are bacon/caramelized onions/goat cheese and garlic ranch/grilled chicken. Yum!


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