Detroit-Style Pizza

Crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle, Detroit-Style Pizza topped with two pounds of the meltiest cheese, sauce, and your choice of topping. Um, can you say drool?



For the dough

For the Toppings



  1. In a large bowl sprinkle the yeast and sugar over the lukewarm water and stir once or twice to combine. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes to test that the yeast is still active. The yeast should bloom and small bubbles should form.
  2. Add the flour, salt, and pizza seasoning to the yeast mixture. Use your hands to fold everything together until the dough starts to come together and form a ball. This is a relatively wet dough, so don’t be alarmed if it’s sticky! Sprinkle a work surface with bread flour and transfer the dough to your work surface. Knead the pizza dough until the surface is smooth and you can stretch a piece of dough pretty thin, about 10 minutes. If your dough feels super wet add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time to thicken it. If it feels dry, do the same with a tablespoon of water.
  3. Form the dough into a smooth ball and transfer to a greased bowl. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and place in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
  4. While the dough is rising, place oven rack at the lowest position and turn your oven to broil for 45 minutes–this will get your oven to the hottest point possible. Otherwise just turn your oven to the hottest setting. 
  5. Lightly grease a detroit style pizza pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Turn your dough into the pan and use your fingertips to press the dough out to the edges.
  6. First, sprinkle the dough with your cheese, spreading it right to the edge. Next, drizzle your pizza or marinara sauce over the cheese, making sure to leave areas of cheese exposed. Top with pepperoni, or whatever toppings you desire. Place on the bottom rack and bake for about 15 minutes or until the edges of the pizza are crispy and nearly burnt.
  7. Remove from oven, and allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

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