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Recipe: Brooklyn-Style Pizza

Brooklyn Style Pizza made with mozzarella and tomato sauce.
Brooklyn Style Pizza made with mozzarella and tomato sauce.

If you're like me, pizza is regularly rotated into your menu planning. I like to make it at home because I like to experiment with toppings and sometime with the crust. I'm always on the hunt for the perfect round crust, and prefer a square crust that can hold up to extra heavy toppings and the cast iron pan. This Brooklyn-style pizza recipe is a great go-to for New York-style pizza that oozes with cheese and sauce.


Makes 1 medium-thin 12-inch pizza


For the dough:
2/3 cup warm water (110° to 115°F)
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
1/2 (1/4-ounce) package rapid-rise or active dry yeast
1‑3/4 cups double 00 pizza flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the pizza:

one pizza dough (recipe included)

3 cups tomato sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella


Combine water and sugar in small bowl; stir to dissolve sugar. Sprinkle yeast on top; stir to combine. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes or until foamy.
Combine flour and salt in medium bowl. Stir in yeast mixture. Mix until mixture forms soft dough. Remove dough to lightly floured surface. Knead 5 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic, adding additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed. Place dough in medium bowl coated with nonstick cooking spray. Turn dough in bowl so top is coated with cooking spray; cover with towel or plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
Punch dough down; place on lightly floured surface and knead about 2 minutes or until smooth. Pat dough into flat disc about 7 inches in diameter. Let rest 2 to 3 minutes. Pat and gently stretch dough from edges until dough seems to not stretch anymore. Let rest 2 to 3 minutes. Continue patting and stretching until dough is 12 to 14 inches in diameter.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
Spray 12- to 14-inch pizza pan with nonstick spray. Press dough into pan. Spread a thick layer of sauce onto the dough. Add 1 cup of mozzarella. Add a second layer of sauce and a second layer of cheese. Bake pizza on bottom rack of oven for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and crust is evenly browned.

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