Is it a pretzel or a pizza? It’s both! This Pretzel Crust Pizza is the
perfect weekend meal for watching the big game!
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I couldn’t get this Pretzel Crust Pizza idea out of my head. I’d lay in bed at night thinking about it. Then I’d wake up the next morning with a strange craving for pretzels…and pizza. So I figured I needed to give this Pretzel Crust Pizza idea a shot. And you know what? It worked like a charm!
Once baked, the crust of the pizza turned a beautiful golden brown color. Add in the coarse salt, and the crust was just like eating a soft pretzel. Talk about the ultimate football food…pizza + pretzel for the win!
As I’ve mentioned many times before, I’m a huge college football fan. Most of the games are on Saturday nights, and we have a tradition in our house of making homemade pizza and watching the LSU game. That pizza dough is a tried and true version, and we absolutely love it. We actually prefer it over ordering a pizza from one of the many, many, many pizza shops here in upstate New York. (Did I say many? Sometimes I think we have about 1 pizza shop for every 5 people that live in the area!) We look forward to pizza night in our house, so I was pretty hesitant to try an entirely new type of dough.
This Pretzel Crust Pizza was indeed tasty, and it was a fun twist on the classic dough. Truthfully, I think I still prefer our standard pizza dough, but the Pretzel Pizza was delicious! Our regular pizza dough takes several hours to rise, so it requires some advance planning. This pizza dough is ready in about 45 minutes. The timing (plus that delicious pretzel crust) makes this dough a keeper for when we want pizza on short notice!
Here’s a couple of tips that I picked up for making this Pretzel Crust Pizza:
• Have you ever wondered what makes pretzels turn that deep golden brown color? It’s the baking soda solution that gets added right before the pretzels go into the oven. But here’s the thing: that baking soda solution also causes the dough to
stick adhere permanently to parchment paper as it bakes. You’ll need to brush the crust of the pizza with this baking soda solution, but take care that you don’t let the water drip down the crust and onto the parchment paper. Otherwise, your pizza will have some uh, extra fiber in it thanks to the paper.
• Make sure to spray the parchment paper with non-stick spray and generously dust it with cornmeal. As noted above, this helps make sure your pizza comes off the parchment paper as expected. Trust me on this one. I’ve ruined several batches of pretzels in the past because I forgot to prepare the parchment paper. Don’t worry–I still ate those pretzels. I just had to slice off the bottom layer thanks to the paper.
All in all, this Pretzel Crust Pizza is definitely a fun Saturday night dinner…especially when you are curled up on the couch watching your favorite team win! Geaux Tigers!
Pretzel Pizza Dough
For the Dough
For the Baking Soda Solution
- ¼ cup boiling water
- ½ Tbsp baking soda
For the Crust
- 2-3 tsp coarse salt
- 1 Tbsp butter melted (optional)
- Using a countertop mixer with the dough hook attached, combine all of the dough ingredients (flour, salt, brown sugar, yeast, and warm water). Mix on medium speed for 6 minutes.
- Transfer dough to an oiled bowl. Cover and place in a warm (85°F) location for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the Baking Soda Solution by combining the boiling water with the baking soda. Mix until baking soda is fully dissolved, and set aside to cool.
- Once risen, transfer dough to a well-floured countertop. Press it into a large square and then fold dough over itself several times like an envelope. Allow dough to rest uncovered for 5 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Using a rolling pin, shape the dough into a large (15-16”) circle. Spray a piece of parchment paper with non-stick baking spray. Generously dust the top of the parchment with cornmeal. Place the pizza dough on top of the cornmeal-dusted parchment paper. (Note: It is very important to spray and dust the paper with cornmeal. Otherwise, the crust will become stuck to the paper once baked!)
- Add the pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and favorite pizza toppings.
- Brush the top of the crust with the Baking Soda Solution. (Note: Use caution to keep Baking Soda Solution from dripping down and touching the parchment paper. If it does, the crust will stick to the paper as it bakes.)
- Sprinkle the coarse salt evenly around the crust.
- Bake at 450°F for 11-13 minutes, or until cheese has fully melted and crust is golden brown.
- Remove pizza from oven and brush crust with melted butter (optional).