Put a twist on pizza night with an easy homemade pretzel dough crust

Jan 20, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. ET
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If you love soft, chewy pretzels and all things pizza, this recipe is sure to impress. A simple homemade pretzel dough can make pizza night more delicious than ever.

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Did you ever think about making something other than pretzels with leftover pretzel dough? While making a batch of homemade pretzels with my son, an idea popped into my head, making me think "pizza!"

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We love pizza in my house, and it’s a must on our dinner table at least once a week. While ordering out is fun and easy, a homemade crust really is just as easy as picking up the phone but saves you cash.

For a twist, try this easy pretzel dough recipe that's super fluffy and bakes up golden brown in the oven. Make sure you bake the crust just a few minutes before you add your favorite toppings. This ensures the center bakes and can handle the load of sauces and vegetables you use.

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Pretzel dough pizza crust recipe

Yields 1 large crust

Prep time: 10 minutes | Inactive time: 30 minutes | Bake time: 15 minutes | Total time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Coarse salt

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the warm water, honey and yeast. Mix well, and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. To a large mixing bowl, add the flour and sea salt.
  3. Mix the yeast mixture into the flour until a soft dough forms.
  4. Let stand for 20 minutes or until the dough rises and doubles in size.
  5. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F, and line a pizza pan with parchment paper.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and roll the dough into desired-size crust.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the baking soda and water. Brush the mixture around the outer crust of the pizza, and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  8. Bake the crust for 5 minutes before adding any toppings.
  9. Remove the crust from the oven, top with sauce or desired toppings, and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the crust is golden.
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