Sourdough Pizza Crust

There are times I am disappointed by my own cooking. I mean this in the humblest way, mind you. See, it’s hard to go out to dinner around here and spend less than $50, especially if you include drinks (and we like to include drinks on occasion). If it’s more than two of us for dinner, the bill is even higher. Generally, cooking is a lot of fun for me. Enough fun to make it not feel like work. Sometimes though, it’s equally fun to go out and not have to worry about a sink full of dishes after a meal.  The crux here though is where to go when you still want to enjoy your meal and not feel like you could’ve made something better tasting with just a bit of energy? Or where to go that doesn’t leave you wondering if you could’ve made the same meal for half the cost?

My  disappointment really only sets in when I’d rather go out than cook, but know that 80% of the time I’ll wish I would’ve just stayed home. The only food that doesn’t ever seem to apply to is pizza. Last night though, I made pizzas that I genuinely liked equally as much as the ones we order out. When I realized that I can now make pizza at home that doesn’t leave me wishing I’d gone elsewhere, it made me slightly sad. With quick-growing kids and a husband who can eat his share of pizza, one 18-inch pie is never quite enough. By the time we’ve paid for two, we’re looking at $50. I spend less than half that much to make two large homemade pizzas.

Okay, I’m not really too serious about this disappointment thing. Any real dissatisfaction is easily cancelled out by knowing I can create something I and my family actually enjoys eating. Plus my ingredient list of toppings is endless within an affordable realm. Currently I am loving locally made goat cheese from Mama Terra Micro Creamery, nut-free pesto made by Saucy Sisters, and handfuls of fresh basil.  Last night’s pizza included creamy marinara sauce, the Chef’s Special goat cheese, fresh mozzarella, ricotta cheese, basil, sun-dried tomatoes, and nut-free pesto. My husband’s pizza featured creamy marinara, sliced jalapenos, pineapple, and fresh mozzarella.

 

Honestly, this pizza dough is very straightforward and easy. Especially if you’ve got a stand mixer that will do the majority of your work for you! I’ve researched recipes from all over the globe and my favorites (I’ve done lots of experimenting) are the ones that don’t include anything fancy in the dough. Not even oil. Don’t be scared – this is worth attempting! :)

 

 

Sourdough Pizza Crust

Yields approx. 2- 15 inch thin crust pizza crusts 

Ingredients:

2½ cups sourdough starter
1 tbsp. dry active yeast
2 tbsp. cane sugar
1½ tsp. sea salt
2½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. vital wheat gluten

 

Directions:

In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the sourdough starter, yeast, sugar, and half a cup of flour. Use the dough hook to mix the ingredients until they just come together (2-ish minutes). Turn the mixer off and allow the mixture to rest for 15 minutes.

Once rested, add the salt, remaining two cups of flour and vital wheat gluten to the mixture. Use the dough hook to work the dough into a semi-sticky ball. Continue kneading for about 8-10 minutes. By touch, the dough will probably seem really sticky. But lightly dust some flour on it and voila! the stickiness goes away. Lightly coat the bowl with olive oil, turning the dough in it once, to coat. Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise until doubled (about 1 – 1½ hours).

 

 

 

Have all your toppings ready to go. Preheat the oven to 500°F. If you’re using a pizza stone, preheat that in the oven too. Turn the dough out to a lightly floured surface. Split the dough up into two equal portions. Working with one ball of dough at a time, use a rolling pin and roll the dough out to about 1-inch thick. From there, I like to place the dough on my preheated pizza stone, working quickly. Start at the center of the dough, working outwards, using your fingertips to press the dough to about a ½ inch thick, gently stretching the dough until it reaches the diameter you want (I got two 15-inch pizzas). You can create a lip, or raised crust, if you want (I prefer not). Prick with a fork about 8 times all over the crust. Bake for about 5 minutes, not long enough to brown the crust.

Put your sauce and toppings on the pre-baked crust, then bake for an additional 12-15 minutes, depending on how done you like your pizza top! Let the pizza rest for 5-10 minutes before trying to cut it.

 

 

17 Responses to Sourdough Pizza Crust

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  6. Your pizzas are stunning, and they look way better than anything I’ve seen in a restaurant. I agree, I would prefer to cook in than eat out.

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  8. Your pizzas are beautiful, and the toppings sound dreamy, especially the Chef’s Special. I’ll add it to my growing list of pizzas I now want to make!

  9. Hi Julie, I came over here from Sourdough Surprises. What great looking pizzas! I know exactly what you mean about the eating at home/going out conundrum – I’m not sure which is worse, being disappointed in a restaurant meal that you paid good money for, or a sink full of dirty dishes and a kitchen that looks like a bomb went off in it! (At least, that’s how it feels at my house a lot of the time…). So awesome that pizza is something you can make at home and fully enjoy! :)

    • Hi Korena, thanks for stopping by! That is quite the conundrum… I can totally relate to the kitchen-bomb experience, too! I suppose as long as it’s enjoyable while the bomb’s exploding and you end up with a delicious meal in its midst, all is well… :)

  10. This is one amazing looking pizza!! I love those big slices of mozzarella, and all the other toppings, too! I am definitely a “pineapple-on-my-pizza” type of girl! I am so glad you linked up with us this month and hope you will continue to join us at Sourdough Surprises! :)

  11. Oh my gosh, that pizza looks outstanding. And your timing is quite coincidental – Sourdough Surprises (http://sourdoughsurprises.blogspot.com) made sourdough pizzas this month – you should totally come link your post over there, then keep sourdoughing with each month’s new theme!! Seriously, though, just wanted to let you know how beautiful that pizza looks.

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