Artisan No-Knead Pizza Crust

Artisan No-Knead Pizza Crust

Artisan No-Knead Pizza Crust

Recipe by Julia Reed

This Roman-style pizza allows you to experience the taste and textures of an artisan wood-fired pie at home. The pizza's outer edge is light and puffy, while its center is comfortably thin. Its pillowy crust — equal parts chewy and delicate — showcases the true magic of our high-protein bread flour. Stash the dough in the fridge for up to six days so you can make any night Pizza Night. Our thanks to Julia Reed for this delightful recipe. 

Prep
15 mins
Bake
4 to 8 mins
Total
1 day 30 mins
Yield
two 10" to 12" pizzas
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Instructions

  1. Weigh your flour; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess. Stir all of the ingredients together. Cover the rough, sticky dough and let it rise at room temperature for 24 hours. After this first rise, you may choose to refrigerate the dough for up to six days, which will help develop its flavor.

  2. With a rack in the center, preheat the oven to 500°F to 550°F with a baking steel or stone inside. Make sure the oven is at least 500°F for a full 30 minutes before baking your pizza, in order for the steel or stone to preheat thoroughly.

  3. Divide the dough in half. Working with one piece at a time, transfer the dough to a well-floured surface.

    Artisan No-Knead Pizza Crust – Step 3
  4. Stretch and fold it, as follows: Holding onto the dough at both ends, pull one end away from the other, then fold it back onto itself. Repeat on the other side so that all four corners of the dough have been stretched and folded.

    Artisan No-Knead Pizza Crust – Step 4
  5. ​​​​Next, pull the ends of the dough toward the middle, then turn it over. Using your fingers, pull the dough under itself to make a smooth, round ball with the seams tucked into the bottom. Repeat with the other piece of dough. Place each ball seam-side down into a floured bowl. 

    Artisan No-Knead Pizza Crust – Step 5
  6. Cover the bowls and allow the dough to proof (rise) for 45 minutes to an hour, while your oven preheats.  

  7. Working with one piece at a time, transfer the dough to a well-floured work surface and dust the top with flour. Use your fingertips to gently depress the surface, being careful not to touch the outer edge of the crust; you want it to remain thick.

    Artisan No-Knead Pizza Crust – Step 7
  8. Lift up the crust and use your knuckles to gently stretch it into a circle about 10" to 12" in diameter. Move it to a well-floured pizza peel or floured sheet of parchment. If you're using parchment, trim the excess around the dough to prevent it from burning.  

    A baker holding a piece of dough over their knuckles, slowly turning the dough to stretch it into a round shape.
  9. Lightly sauce the dough, then add your toppings of choice. For special toppings easy to prepare in advance see "tips," below.

  10. Turn on the top broiler in your preheated oven and transfer the pie to the steel or stone. Be sure there's at least 8" of space between the surface of the pizza and the broiler. If you have an oven with the broiler on the bottom (usually in the bottom compartment of the oven), or on top in a smaller, separate compartment, make sure there's at least 8" between the broiler and the cooking surface. If there isn't, don't use the broiler. Your pizza will still be great without being broiled, though it may take a few more minutes to bake.

  11. Gently slide the pizza (or pizza and parchment) onto the steel or stone. Bake the pizza for approximately 6 minutes on the steel (or 7 minutes on the stone), until bubbly and charred on the edges. Remove the pizza from the oven and top it with freshly grated Parmesan, if desired.

  12. Repeat with the remaining dough and toppings.

Tips from our Bakers

  • To make the "Veg Vinaigrette Pizza": Top your pie with red sauce and add a sprinkle of grated mozzarella followed by roasted butternut squash or roasted sweet potato. Bake as directed. Remove the pizza from the oven and drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette. When the vinaigrette hits the hot surface it blooms — i.e., becomes super aromatic. Top with quick-pickled red onions (or other pickled items in your fridge, like capers) or radishes for color, and finish with a sprinkle of feta or crumbled blue cheese. 

    To make the "Smoky-Sweet Pizza": Top your pie with a thin layer of BBQ sauce and sprinkle with grated mozzarella. Add sliced pears, bacon that’s been cooked about halfway (pliable, not crispy), and thinly sliced scallions that have been flash-fried in oil. Bake the pizza as directed. To finish, drizzle with BBQ sauce from a squirt bottle, or BBQ sauce mixed with tomato sauce (roughly equal measures of each). 

  • Join King Arthur baker Martin Philip and his family as they do a sourdough riff on this pizza. Watch Martin Bakes at Home - Sourdough Pizza now.

  • The maximum temperature rating for parchment paper is below 500°F, and at temperatures between 450°F and 500°F parchment’s exposed edges begin to char. To be safe, keep a close eye on anything being cooked at temperatures above 450°F (especially anything on an upper rack). Burned edges can also be minimized by trimming away excess parchment before baking.