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Sourdough Pizza Dough

Sourdough Pizza Dough is a make ahead pizza dough that has a delicious sourdough flavor and is made using a sourdough starter.

sourdough pizza dough on a baking sheet

Friday’s in our house are pretty much reserved for pizza night. Occasionally I have forgotten to make the dough the day before and used plain old starter spread out on a hot skillet for our pizza crust. But the preferred pizza crust is this one. It takes a little prep work but the result is a much better, chewier, and tastier pizza. It is always a win when I take the starter out on a Thursday. This is my go-to pizza dough that is not only delicious but a healthier way to have your pizza.

Why I Love This Recipe

We eat whole foods as much as possible in our home. Creating the same style of foods we are all used to but in a healthier and I must say, more delicious version seems almost too good to be true. But the fact is, eating whole, real food is something that is so very basic.

It comes down to cooking the meal from scratch. Which I realize is a term that when used, sounds much more complicated than it is. At the heart of it, it is the use of real ingredients when cooking. This means nothing out of a package.

In modern times we have lost this concept which is so detrimental to our health and well being. A healthy meal doesn’t come from a microwave or a drive thru. It comes from using real ingredients, the way God intended us to nourish our bodies.

This sourdough pizza dough is just that. It is the real thing. A fermented dough that has risen on the counter top and is ready to be baked in an oven. I will admit, I have forgotten on many occasions to get the starter ready to have for a Friday night dinner. However, it is worth the added effort to put something delicious on the table that I know is handmade and is better for us.

So if we have to wait an extra day to have pizza because Mom forgot again, then so be it. Eating whole food comes naturally over time and I promise is not as complicated as it might seem. Remember my knowledge of sourdough?

What You’ll Need To Make It

3/4 cup of filtered water

2 cups bread flour

1/2 cup fed sourdough starter

1 tsp garlic salt (or sea salt)

1 tbsp olive oil

Tools You May Need

  • a pizza sheet or baking sheet
  • a mixer with a dough hook

Directions

Start by combining the starter, flour, garlic or sea salt, water and olive oil in a mixer with a dough hook attached.

sourdough starter in a mason jar
sourdough pizza dough ingredients in a mixing bowl

Once combined knead the dough in the mixer for approxiamtely 5 minutes.

a dough hook for needing dough
sourdough pizza dough
sourdough pizza dough ball in a bowl

Place the dough inside a greased bowl and cover it with a tea towel for 12-24 hours.

sourdough pizza dough on a baking sheet

When ready punch the risen dough and scoop it onto a floured working surface. Flour a rolling pin and begin rolling the dough out. Place the dough onto a baking sheet or pizza sheet and stretch the dough into place (as pictured.)

sourdough pizza dough on a baking sheet
sourdough pizza dough ready to be baked on a baking sheet
sourdough pizza dough

Top with your favorite toppings and bake at 425°F.

Baking Tips

  • If you do not have a stand mixer you can knead dough by hand for approximately 8 minutes
  • Dough should be soft and supple when after kneading properly
  • Be sure to use a fed starter, at least 4 hours before mixing up the dough

Benefits Of Sourdough

Of course, we love the taste but sourdough is actually a healthier alternative to eating regular bread such as white or wheat loaves. The lower phytate levels in sourdough make for an easier-to-digest food and result in a better more nutritious bread.

It is a good alternative for those who are sensitive to gluten as sourdough is a fermented food that has a bacteria-to-yeast composition that works on breaking down the starches found in the grain before it’s even eaten. Sourdough is also known as a prebiotic food that simply put, will help keep your gut bacteria healthy.

FAQ

Can I use all purpose flour in place of the bread flour?

You can and you likely won’t notice a big difference in the taste. The use of bread flour in this recipe is for the higher protein and gluten content. This allows for a better rising and stretching dough.

Can I use this dough for calzones?

Yes, this dough works fine for calzones. One thing I like to do is brush the calzones with olive oil before baking to help them to help crisp up and give them a more golden look.

What is a fed starter?

A fed starter is one that has been properly “fed” so it is bubbly and ready to be used. We do this when taking our sourdough starter from the fridge. You simple add a few scoops of flour (about a cup of so) and about the same amount of filtered water. Stir it and allow it to sit on the countertop for a minimum of 4 hours before using. This allows the starter to ferment and become active for use. Your starter should be bubbly when used.

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Yield: 8

Sourdough Pizza Dough

sourdough pizza dough on a baking sheet

a delicious pizza dough made with sourdough starter

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup a water
  • 2 cups of bread flour
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (or sea salt)
  • 1/2 cup fed sourdough starter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Start by combining the starter, flour, garlic or sea salt, water and olive oil in a mixer with a dough hook attached.
  2. Once combined knead the dough in the mixer for approxiamtely 5 minutes.
  3. Place the dough inside a greased bowl and cover with a tea towel for 12-24 hours.
  4. When ready punch the risen dough and scoop it onto a floured working surface. Flour a rolling pin and begin rolling the dough out.
  5. Place the dough onto a baking sheet or pizza sheet and stretch the dough into place (as pictured.)
  6. Top with your favorite toppings and bake at 425°F/218°C

Notes

  • If you do not have a stand mixer you can knead the dough by hand for approximately 8 minutes
  • Dough should be soft and supple when after kneading properly
  • Be sure to use a fed starter, at least 4 hours before mixing up the dough

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 200mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g

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