Pizza Dough Thickness (The Easy Guide on How Thick Should Pizza Dough Be?)

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Pizza Dough Thickness. That is a trick question. But don’t worry, here you will find how thick your pizza dough should be.

Some like thin crust others like thick crust. What do you like?

Lets’ find out!

What’s the Crust?

The crust is the most crucial part of the pizza. The crust is one of the deciding factors in most pizza styles, right from the thin crust ones such as New Haven and New York style to thick crust pizzas such as the Sicilian and the Detroit.

Why is the Crust of the Pizza So Important?

The crust of any pizza is like the foundation on which the pizza is made. If there is no crust, we will have nothing but assortments full of exotic toppings, cheese, and some sauce. If there were no crust in the pizza, there would not have been the pizza that we know it as today. A pizza crust provides the base on which the pizza is made to look and work the way it is supposed to.

The crust of the pizza is the thing that lends you pizza its qualities which are as follows:

Taste – There are many ways the crust is made and based on that, the flavor of the pizza crust would change. The condiments added and the heat source also has an impact on the flavor – wood-fired oven, coal-fired oven, conventional electric ovens will all have different effects on taste.
Texture – Whether you like your pizza to be super crunchy or something more floppy and supple, the crust of the pizza is what determines the texture.
Integrity – Can be defined as the strength or the ability of the pizza crust to bear the weight of all the assortments, toppings, and ingredients on the spread.

So, when deciding on the crust thickness, the above qualities need to be kept in mind. Let us look at the pizza crust types.

Types of Pizza Crust

If you love to bake your pizza, deciding on the right kind of crust becomes all the more critical. It gets crucial to decide on what crust thickness you would like for your pizza. As seen above, for various pizza styles, there are two different types of crust which are as follows:

Thin Crust Pizzas

Thin crust pizza slice

Thin crust pizzas, as the name suggests, use thinner crusts. Crusts are slimmer toward the center, where all the toppings and ingredients are placed and are doughy and thicker around the edges. 

Usually, thin-crust pizzas such as the New York or the Neapolitan do not use many toppings as they may not bear the weight, but when you are making your thin-crust pizza, you may use many toppings – need to make the center of the pizza a little thicker.

Pro Tip

Don’t let the pizza dough sit around for a long time. Also, be keen not to punch some holes while assembling. Gaps will allow the sauce and toppings to filtrate into the pan and leave you with a sticky pizza.

Thick Crust Pizzas

Sicilian pizza on pan

When you have to make a pizza with massive toppings, you need a good thick crust to bear all the weight. As such, thick crusts for pizzas are thick throughout the entire length and circumference of the crust. 

Thick-crust pizzas like Sicilian and Chicago Deep Dish are made with edges so that all the toppings and the sauce remain on the crust easily. Thick crusts for pizzas are usually rolled out on cutting boards and molded into shapes using the pans in which they are to be baked. 

Using thin and thick crusts, you can make all the different styles of pizzas.

Pizza Pun

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes…

Large, small, circle, square, thin crust, deep dish, extra toppings….

How Thick Should Pizza Dough Be?

What should be the thickness of pizza dough before baking?

Now, coming to the pertinent and most important question – what should be pizza dough’s thickness? The thickness would depend on what pizza style or type of pizza crust you want to achieve.

If you need a chewy, thick crust, you can make it wither with frozen or fresh dough. To achieve a thick crust thickness, you need to press and stretch the dough (preferably by hand) to anywhere between 1/8; to ¼ inches and then let it rise a little. When baked will give you that perfect thick crust.

If you need a thin and crispy crust, you can use either the homemade dough or the frozen dough and roll the dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch. To roll the dough you may use a rolling pin. It would be best if you made sure the dough is in the oven within a few minutes without letting it any time to rise or swell. This process would ensure you get a thin, crisp, and crunchy thin crust.

Basically, you can follow this guideline:

Thin Crust – 1/8″ thick rolled with a rolling pin.
Thick Crust – 1/4″ stretched by hand.

By knowing how to treat and knead the dough, you can create the perfect pizza crust.

How thick should the center be vs. How thick should the rim be?

In general, for all pizzas, the rim of the pizza is rolled to be a little thicker than the center of the pizza. This formation ensures that your pizza comes out nice and round while retaining its texture and is thicker and fuller at the edges that make the toppings and the pizza’s assortments well placed within the edges.

So when making the pizza crust of the pizza the rim should be slightly thicker than the center; you can follow this guideline:

Pizza Dough Thickness

Thin Crust1/8″1/4″
Thick Crust1/4″3/4″

These values are approximate and based on the style and the crust thickness you need, you can decide on the proportion of the thickness based on your preference.

Additional Resources

The Last Slice

Pizza is undoubtedly the most popular food for millions across the globe. This trendy food is not only good to eat, but it is pretty easy to bake as well. Though toppings and assortments in a pizza make the pizza look exciting and attractive, the crust of the pizza lends it the taste, flavor, texture, integrity, and identity.

From thin-crust New York style to thick crust Sicilian – if you know how to get the correct pizza thickness, you can make it all right at home.

Use these guidelines to get the desired pizza thickness for the desired pizza style, and we bet you will be baking the best pizza of your life.

So, how thick do you make your pizza? Do you prefer thin or thick crust? Let us know; we would love to know your preference.


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