Lou's Famous Favorite Flaky Crust Recipe

Lou's Famous Favorite Flaky Crust Recipe


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Chicago's famous pizza place, Lou Malnati's, has one of the tasty pizza crusts. We found a perfectly flaky and buttery recipe that tastes as good as the real thing!

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Time needed

24 hour preparation + 30 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4 servings


  • 3 C. flour
  • 3/4 C. semolina
  • 1 tsp. yeast
  • 1 C. water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 C. canola oil
  • 1/2 T. butter, melted
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cream of tarter
  • 1 C. tomato sauce
  • 1 ball, fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • handful of fresh basil

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Mix together the flour, semolina, yeast, and water until well combined, then let sit for about 25 minutes. Add the oil and butter, then knead the dough lightly. Form the dough into a ball and refrigerate overnight. Take the dough out of the fridge and roll out into a circle, then bake for 5 minutes at 450 degrees. To build your pizza, start with spreading the tomato sauce over the dough, leaving space around the edges. Layer on slices of mozzarella, followed by the tomato slices and basil. Bake for about 20 minutes.

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