Sourdough Pizza Dough is a make ahead pizza dough that has a delicious sourdough flavor and is made using a sourdough starter.
A few years back I began learning about sourdough. It had been something I had very little knowledge of at the time. Hearing from people who attempted to make homemade sourdough bread in their kitchens with what seemed like a high failure rate. I didn’t quite understand the desire to attempt such a thing when you can easily go right to the store and buy a quality sourdough bread. I am sure many of us have had the thought when seeing anyone make something completely from scratch. In this day and age many of us figure, why bother? You can grab pretty much anything right off the grocery shelf. Well and perhaps like many things we learn in life. I now realize the importance of bothering and what is so unique about a sourdough starter.
I love my sourdough starter and use it any chance I can get.
As time passes I hope to be able to share more and more sourdough recipes with you here on the blog.
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 too 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 really 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 this 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
Start by combining the starter, flour, garlic or sea salt, water and olive oil in a mixer with a dough hook attached.
Once combined knead the dough in the mixer for approxiamtely 5 minutes.
Place the dough inside a greased bowl and cover with a tea towel for 12-24 hours.
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.)
Top with your favorite toppings and bake at 425°F/
Benefits Of Sourdough
Of course we love the taste but sourdough is actually a healthier alternative to eating regular breads such as white or wheat loaves. The lower phytate levels in sourdough makes for an easier to digest food and results in a better more nutritious bread.
It is a good alternative for those who are sensitive to gluten as the 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.
Tools You May Need
a pizza sheet or baking sheet
a mixer with a dough hook
*If you do not have a stand mixer you can knead dough by hand for approximately 8 minutes
FAQ for Sourdough Pizza Dough
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 them 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. Give it a stir 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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- 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
- Start by combining the starter, flour, garlic or sea salt, water and olive oil in a mixer with a dough hook attached.
- Once combined knead the dough in the mixer for approxiamtely 5 minutes.
- Place the dough inside a greased bowl and cover with a tea towel for 12-24 hours.
- 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.)
- Top with your favorite toppings and bake at 425°F/218°C
Tools You May Need:
Stand mixer with dough hook
pizza pan or baking sheet
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 200mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g
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