When making a pizza with a store-bought crust, it’s always a challenging task to get the perfect crispy texture.
Even though the premade crust expedites the pizza-making process, you often end up making a doughy and soggy pizza.
And it happens because you don’t follow the process and make rookie mistakes during the preparation.
But don’t worry!
In the following guide, I have shared a few useful ideas on how you can make such pizza crust crispy.
So, let’s begin!
How To Make Store Bought Pizza Crust Crispy
To make the pizza crust crispy, you will need to bake your pizza at 400°F in preheated oven.
Also, make sure you use a pizza stone for baking your pizza in your home oven.
It will allow the dough to bake properly and form a nice crisp layer at the bottom.
Basically, you just need to replicate the conditions in a natural woodfire oven so that the crust cooks well and turns perfectly crispy.
Note: If you have bought premade pizza crust, there is very little you can do as far as preparation is concerned.
Since the base is already prepared, you can simply add the toppings and bake the pizza in your oven.
You can bake your pizza a little longer so that it becomes more crispy in texture.
Apart from that, whenever you get such pizza crust from the store, try to get the one with a thin base.
This way, the thin pizza base will cook quickly in the heat and turn the bottom and edges crispy.
You can also brush some Olive oil on its surface before putting it in the oven, which will help in getting the crispy texture.
For the store bought pizza dough, you should follow the steps given below.
1. Take The Pizza Dough Out Of The Bag
Firstly, take the dough out of the bag and keep it on a flat surface.
If the dough is refrigerated, you will need to wait until it reaches room temperature.
Do not use this type of dough for the preparation.
2. Dust It With Some Flour And Form A Dough Ball
In general, you don’t have to follow this step, and you can skip it entirely.
You can directly prepare the pizza with such dough.
But if you do follow this process, you will be able to notice much more enhanced flavors and taste afterward.
It is an additional step and takes more time, but it’s definitely worth it.
Now, dust some flour gently on top of the dough so that it gets rid of excess moisture.
It will be easier to handle the dough with some dry flour, but don’t add too much.
Once you dust it with flour, you can gently knead the dough and form a dough ball out of it.
The most important thing to remember here is that you don’t have to knead the dough like any other bread.
3. Cover The Dough For 30 Minutes
This is an important step in this process.
When you keep the dough aside for half an hour or so, it helps the dough to rise nicely.
The bacteria present in the dough do their job during this period and make it nice and fluffy.
So, do follow this step.
You can also rest the dough for a longer period, which will give even better results.
4. Knead The Dough Again And Stretch It Properly
In this step, you should remove the cover from the dough and knead it gently.
The kneading process will help you shape the dough properly.
You can also stretch the dough a bit while kneading the dough.
5. Roll It Thin And Form A Pizza Base
You need to roll the dough into a thin base.
It’s quite important to have such a base for the dough, as you essentially reduce the body of the base with this technique.
When you have a thin base, it automatically helps in the baking process.
And eventually, the pizza crust turns crispy.
For this step, you can use the fingers and palms of both hands.
This way, it will be easier to shape the dough into a round shape.
6. Add Your Favorite Toppings
Now, it’s time to add your favorite sauce and toppings to the base.
But before that, make sure the consistency of the sauce is not too thin.
If there is too much water content in your sauce, it will make your pizza soggy.
You can reheat the sauce and reduce it to a thicker consistency if it’s quite thin.
Further, you can also limit the amount of cheese you add to the pizza base.
Although cheese makes your pizza more delicious, it also adds to the softness of your pizza crust.
Therefore, if you want the crispy texture to the crust, you will need to work on these two things accordingly.
In the final step, don’t forget to drizzle some Olive oil on the top.
Note: You may also prebake the crust in the oven for a few minutes before adding the toppings and other ingredients.
Do read the guidelines suggested on your store-bought pizza dough package.
7. Transfer The Pizza In Your Preheated Oven
The oven needs to be really hot before you can put the pizza in it.
So, preheat the oven at 450°F.
Also, you will have to use a pizza stone for this purpose.
If you don’t have the pizza stone, you may use a cast iron pan as well.
The cast-iron pan also gives an amazing result for the homemade pizza.
When using the pan, you can cook the pizza base on the flame for a few minutes until it gets a slightly brown layer at the bottom.
But don’t cook it for too long.
The pan should also be greased well before placing the pizza base in it.
Once everything is done, you can add the toppings and put the pizza in the oven for baking.
8. Bake The Pizza
You can bake the pizza for 10-12 minutes or until it turns golden brown.
The baking period varies depending on the size of your pizza, type of pizza, and oven.
So, you will have to keep an eye on your pizza when it is inside the oven.
9. Check The Crust And Bake More If Needed
When it’s nearly done, you can pause the baking and remove your pizza from the oven.
Check the edges and lift the pizza from the side to see the bottom.
If it looks perfect, you don’t have to do anything else.
However, if it’s still not done yet, you can put it back in the oven and let it bake for a few more minutes.
10. Remove It From The Oven And Allow It To Cool Down
If you are happy with the results, you can take the pizza out of the oven.
Place the pizza on the rack and allow it to cool down for a couple of minutes.
Add some more Olive oil on top of it if you want.
Now, transfer the pizza to a flat surface and cut it into pieces and serve it with any choice of sauce or ketchup.
And that’s how you can make a perfectly crispy pizza at home!
In the next section, let’s look at the FAQs related to this topic.
If you are making pizza from scratch, you should consider spreading the dough into a thin round shape.
This will automatically solve most of the crust-related problems.
If you have a store-bought pizza base, you can stretch it a bit if possible and place it at the bottom rack of your oven once the toppings are added.
Finally, as mentioned in the guide, allow it to bake for a minute or two more so that the crust turns a little hard and crispy due to the heat.
In addition, remove the pizza on a rack and allow it to cool down in the open air.
Don’t place it on a plate directly or cover it with anything else.
You can make such a pizza base better by using the correct baking technique and some extra cheese.
As you know, cheese contains salt that can really enhance the taste of a bland pizza base.
Other than that, you can add more flavoring ingredients like herbs and spices to your pizza to make it more delicious.
Yes, you can put Olive Oil on your pizza crust.
However, you need to remember that too much oil can make the crust soft and soggy.
If you have grated a lot of cheese, you can avoid oil altogether or add less to your pizza.
You can use a cast iron pan or baking steel or grill to turn your pizza crispy without a pizza stone.
You may also use baking sheets to prepare crispy pizza in your oven, but you need to bake it in the lower compartment.
This way, you can ensure the crust gets more heat from the bottom.
Also, you can extend the baking period by a couple of minutes to get more crispiness to your pizza base.
But make sure you don’t burn it from the bottom.
The pizza bottom can turn soggy when the size of the crust is too thick.
Generally, the thicker crust soaks more moisture from the veggies and other toppings.
And if you allow the pizza to cool down for a long after baking, you will get more softness at the bottom of the pizza base.
If you want to avoid it, you can either select a thin pizza crust or add fewer veggies and other toppings with more water content.
Over To You
I think I’ve shared pretty much everything that can help you make your store bought pizza crust crispy.
If you can make some adjustments to your current technique and implement the necessary changes, you will be able to get the desired results for your pizza.
And these suggestions are pretty simple to follow as well.
So, do try them out.
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