Monday, December 6, 2010

Thin Crust St. Louis Style Pizza

This summer while we were at my Aunt's cabin in Northern Minnesota I copied down this recipe from one of her magazines. I find that if I write the recipe out by hand I am more likely to try it. I have SO MANY recipes on file to try. Anyway....this has been my family's favorite pizza crust yet (although I cannot tell if my husband likes it, he won't really say, but he eats it) and it's really easy to make. I cannot say if it's authentic St. Louis style, but it sure is yummy!

St. Louis Style Pizza Crust
2 cups flour
2 TBS corn starch
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup plus 2 TBS water
2 TBS olive oil
Mix together dry ingredients then add water and oil. Mix/knead until it comes together. You may have to add a tiny bit of additional water. Break the dough into 2 portions then roll THIN. The original recipe says to roll the dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper, which I did the first time I made it and works beautifully. But I just got the most wonderful pastry mat and it rolled out just fine without anything (no additional flour, no parchment). It will all depend on your surface.
Preheat pan or stone (or like we do, both) at 475 degrees. When the oven is preheated I put the crust on the pan/stone and bake for 3 or 4 minutes before topping because we like it crispy. Then I take it out, top it however, and put it back in to bake until the cheese is a little brown, 8 minutes or so.

See THIS is my new pastry mat and it is perfect! It sticks to the counter - absolutely no sliding around. Whatever I am rolling out does not stick to it. The only down side is that it has a slight criss cross pattern to it, so when I am rolling out fondant I need to use the up side to get a completely smooth surface. I love this mat.

And THIS is where I was coming from. Pretty worthless. There is just no comparison.

This post has also been linked to:
Mouthwatering Monday at Southern Fairytale
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace
Tuesday at the Table at All the Small Stuff
What's on The Menu Wednesday at Dining With Debbie
Hearth and Soul at A Moderate Life
Recipe Swap at Prairie Story (Thursdays)
Colleen's Fall Recipe Swap at Colleen's Kitchen (Fridays)


  1. Ooh I'm loving this recipe! I'm gonna have to try it out on Friday!

  2. YUM.

    I have a mat like the 2nd one -- but, mine doesn't slide around --- hmmm.

    YUM. I love homemade pizzas and homemade crust just takes it to the next level!

  3. My youngest daughter loves a thin crust - but mine always end up pretty thick. Might need to give this one a try!

  4. gonna try this for sure, never knew pizza crust could be so easy

  5. Thanks for linking to Crock Pot Wednesday. I haven't made homemade pizza in a bit, but Hubby is always asking for it:) I love your thin crust idea. Come back and join me for Merry Merry Munchies.

  6. Hi Sarah! As a long time home pizza maker, it is interesting to see a crust that does not use yeast as the rising activator! I bet this crust is a bit more on the cakey side! Very cool! Thanks so much for sharing it on the hearth and soul hop this week. All the best, Alex