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The Best Homemade Thin-Crust Pizza


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The key to a really good pizza is, of course, the crust. 

This fast and easy recipe is the very best thin-crust pizza dough for a home cook on a weeknight.

The toppings start with pizza sauce and shredded cheese,

and you can add your favorite veggies and meats.

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Start prepping the dough.

First, put a baking sheet in a 450° oven. While the sheet's warming, get the dough going. You'll need yeast, all-purpose flour, salt, and olive oil. Dissolve the yeast in warm water until it foams up (3 to 5 minutes).

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Make the rounds.

Stir in flour and salt until a dough forms, then knead the dough into a ball. Let it sit covered for about 10 minutes (get your toppings ready!), then divide the dough into 2 balls and roll or stretch each into a 10- to 12-inch round

Layer it on.

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Take the baking sheet out of the oven and put it upside down on a wire rack. Position the dough on the baking sheet, brush it with olive oil, then layer on the sauce, cheese, and toppings.

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Bake it up!

Keep the pizza in the oven until the crust is golden and the cheese melted and a bit browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Let it cool for 5 minutes or so, the slice and serve. (And don't forget to use the rest of the dough and toppings for pizza number 2!)

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