A good pizza requires a good crust, and that means lots of flavor. I love to use this Ranch Pizza Crust as a flavorful dough base for fun pizzas!
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This Ranch Pizza Crust is the perfect foundation for any flavor combination that you want to throw on it. The dough is full of ranch flavors and I especially love to use it for buffalo flavored pizzas, like our Vegetarian Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza or Buffalo Chicken Pizza.
This dough does freeze well. You can freeze it raw, either in a ball or crust shape, but it tends to do best if it has been at least par-baked. Par-baked is when the dough is cooked for just a few minutes without any sauce or toppings. This helps make sure the dough is not raw when the pizza is done. I like to par bake my crusts, add the sauce, cheese, and toppings, and then freeze that way in large resealable bags or wrapped in plastic wrap (without baking with all the toppings). Then let it thaw completely before baking as normal, and it turns out great!
The Ranch Pizza Crust dough does need a little prep time as it has to sit to rise, but other than that it is so incredibly easy and tastes SOOOOOO GOOD!
I make pizzas with a stone that goes in my oven and I use a handy pizza peel that you see in the pictures. (This pizza peel is pretty close to what I have, and this pizza peel is just GORGEOUS). I think it is worth it to have these gems because the stone makes my pizza crisp up beautifully and the peel makes it so easy to get the dough/pizza in and out of the oven. But you can also use a plain cookie sheet if you want.
One batch will make either two thin crust 12″ pizzas or one thick crust. I always go for the thin crust as I like to make my pizza all about the toppings and sauce without too much dough getting in the way. Do you prefer thick or thin crust pizza?
If you do a thicker crust, you will want to blind bake it (the first step of baking without the toppings on it) longer to make sure that it cooks all the way thorough and you do not end up with a doughy center. And as always, the exact times will vary with your oven since each one seems to be a snowflake and cooks differently than all the rest, so just keep an eye out as you go along to make sure nothing is burning.
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