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A sensational sourdough pizza dough that comes together with minimal effort. Standard yeast is not required! Use your natural sourdough starter for the easiest and tastiest pizza crust ever. This recipe is easy to understand and perfect for beginners but seasoned bread bakers will appreciate how quickly it comes together.

You don’t need special flour to make pizza crust. This recipe shows you how to make it with all-purpose flour.

Sourdough pizza dough rising in a bowl.

Sourdough recipes always have unfamiliar terminology and techniques. They sound intimidating if you have not done a lot of bread baking. I wanted to give readers a recipe that is easy to follow and skips all the unfamiliar jargon.

This recipe is as simple as mixing the ingredients then letting the dough sit for a while to rise and develop flavor and texture.

A batch of sourdough pizza crust cut in half.

Ingredients for making a sourdough pizza crust:

You only need 4 ingredients for this recipe. That includes your sourdough starter so technically, you only need 3 ingredients. Here is what you need:

  • Sourdough starter. No yeast needed!! Your starter contains natural yeast from the air around you.
  • Flour. This recipe uses all-purpose flour so don’t worry about finding a specialized high gluten flour.
  • Water. Does water even count as an ingredient?
  • Salt. A little salt turns your pizza dough from bland to grand!

What if I don’t have a sourdough starter?

If you don’t have a sourdough starter then you can:

If you want to make a starter, use the link above to go to our recipe and instructions for a wild yeast sourdough starter.

A sourdough starter only needs flour and water and TIME. Our recipe has an additional ingredient to help get it going more efficiently.

Over time, the flour and water mixture collects the wild yeast spores that are floating around in the air. It usually takes 6 to 12 days to develop the starter but sometimes it takes longer.

Be patient. After you make your starter it will last forever. Not only will you be able to make sourdough pizza dough anytime, but you can also make sourdough bread, pancakes, waffles and anything your heart desires.

Sourdough pizza crust rolled into a 12 inch round.

Let’s make pizza dough!!

Keep reading to get the general guide and some tips for success. If you’re already familiar with bread baking then scroll all the way down for the printable recipe card.

  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Tip the dough onto a lightly dusted counter and knead, knead, knead!
  3. Let the dough rise.
  4. Shape the dough into flat pizza crusts and let it rest for a while.
  5. Add toppings and bake!

Keep reading for all the tips!

Putting pizza sauce on sourdough pizza dough.

Tips for success.

A recipe for bread and pizza dough is ALWAYS just a guide. It gets you started but you might need to make some adjustments. Every kitchen is a bit different. Your kitchen might be warmer and have more humidity. Your flour might be dryer, your sourdough starter might have a bit more hydration.

All these variables mean you have to roll with the punches a bit. I made a video so you can see what the dough is supposed to look like. Between the video and the instructions, you will have some incredible pizza dough with hardly any effort.

  • Knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes. When you first mix the dough it will be course and shaggy looking. Maybe ‘rough’ is a better way to describe it. Kneading the dough will make it smooth, develop gluten, and give it more structure.
  • Use a bench blade for easy cleanup. It isn’t essential but it makes it much easier to work with bread and pizza dough. You can scrape, scoop, cut, and clean. Plus.. you can even use it to smooth frosting on your favorite chocolate cake. 🙂
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover the top of the dough with oil. The oil will keep the dough from sticking to the bowl. It will also help prevent the top of the dough from developing a ‘skin’.
  • Use parchment paper. This is a helpful tool that keeps the pizza dough from sticking to the baking surface. You can make pizza without parchment paper but it really is a huge help.
  • Roll, stretch and rest the dough. If the dough is difficult to shape then let it rest for a while. Next, use a combination of rolling it with a rolling pin and stretching it with your hands.
  • Be prepared to adapt a little. If your flour isn’t stored in an air-tight container then the moisture content will change which will affect how much water you need in the recipe. The temperature and humidity in your kitchen will also contribute to changes in your dough.

FAQ’s

Why does my dough look crumbly? If your dough is crumbly then it is too dry. Add some water, a little at a time until the dough looks like the same texture in the video. You can either stir or knead the water into the dough.

Why is my dough sticky? If your dough is sticky then it has too much moisture. You can slowly add more flour until it looks like the dough in the video.

Why hasn’t my dough risen? It usually takes anywhere from 1 to 4 hours for sourdough to double in size. If your sourdough starter is pretty new then it might take longer. Sometimes you might even need to give your sourdough starter another week to mature before you use it to make bread and pizza.

Other reasons your dough may not rise in the allotted time have to do with temperature and humidity.

Here is a tip if you want to speed up the rise time: Place the dough in a warm spot that is about 80°F to 90°F. You can use a food dehydrator if you have one. Another trick is to turn your clothes dryer on for a few minutes then turn the dryer off and stick the dough in the warm dryer.

Freezing sourdough pizza dough.

This recipe makes 2 standard-sized pizza crusts. You can freeze one or both of them for later.

After the dough rises the first time, divide it in half and coat the balls of dough with oil. Next, drop the dough into freezer-proof sealable bags and stick them into the freezer. You can freeze them for 3 to 4 months.

Thawing and using frozen pizza dough.

Thaw the frozen dough in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours. If you leave it longer, don’t worry. I have left it in the fridge for 14 hours. It actually develops more flavor when it sits longer.

When you are ready to make the pizza, let the dough sit on the counter for 30 minutes so it has some time to get the chill off of it (coat the dough with oil so it doesn’t develop a skin).

After it sits out for a while, shape it into a 12-inch pizza crust then proceed with step 5 in the recipe card. If the dough is difficult to shape then let it sit out a bit longer. Cold dough is much more difficult to shape.

A collage of baked sourdough pizza crust.

SOME OTHER RECIPES WE ARE SURE YOU WILL LOVE:

Our sourdough ricotta pancakes are a great way to use up your sourdough discard. The pancakes are so creamy inside. They will certainly be your favorite.

Do you enjoy baking with different kinds of flour? Our Einkorn sourdough bread is a delicious, healthy, and rustic bread.

After you make a rustic loaf of sourdough bread, scoop the center out and make this baked brie in a bread bowl. So good!

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Putting pizza sauce on sourdough pizza dough.

Sourdough Pizza Dough

Yield: 2 pizza crusts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Pizza dough made with a sourdough starter transforms into the best pizza crust ever. This pizza dough is simple to make and it is a great starter recipe if you are new to baking with sourdough.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sourdough starter (240 grams)
  • 1/2 cup warm water (118 grams)
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour (300 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (6 grams)

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir well to combine. Dump the dough out onto a floured counter and knead for 8 to 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can use a stand mixer with a dough hook. 
  2. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover loosely with a towel or some plastic wrap. 
  3. Set aside for 2 to 4 hours until it is doubled in size. 
  4. Divide the dough in half and shape each piece into 2 round pizza disks about 12 inches in diameter. Place the shaped dough on either parchment paper or a well-oiled baking pan. 
  5. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour or until the dough rises to the thickness you like. Toward the end of the rest period, preheat the oven to 500°F (or 425°F if making a thick crust pizza)
  6. For a thin crust pizza, add the toppings and bake for 7 to 10 minutes (depending on thickness.)
  7. For a thick crust pizza, bake the crust for 12 minutes before adding the toppings then bake for another 10 to 15 minutes. 

Notes

  • It will take between 2 to 4 hours for your pizza dough to double in size. The timing depends on the strength of your sourdough starter and the temperature and humidity of your kitchen. 
  • If you want the dough to rise faster, add 1/2 teaspoon of instant dry yeast to the mixture.
  • If you want a more ‘sour’ sourdough pizza crust, let the dough sit overnight in the fridge for a long slow rise. In the morning, let it come up to room temperature then shape it. 
  • Parchment paper makes it easier to transfer the pizza from the counter to the baking pan or pizza stone. If you don’t have parchment paper then shape your pizza dough directly on a greased baking sheet. 
  • You can use discard starter in this recipe but the pizza dough will not be as light and airy.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 133mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Stefany

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Can I use my discard for this or it must be the fed SD? I’m looking for an easy pizza dough recipe using the discard. TIA!

Dahn Boquist

Saturday 9th of January 2021

This will work with discard but you won't get as much of a rise in the dough. Still quite tasty though

Hannah

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

THANKUUUUU!!! this is my first recipe i used with my sourdough starter and it was so great:)

Dahn Boquist

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Hooray! Keep up all the sourdough baking. It's kind of addictive ;) Thanks for the comment Hannah

dawn

Monday 2nd of November 2020

I am putting in bread maker & using the dough setting for the kneading - will see how works also added some basil , parsley & cilantra to the dough prior to kneading

Dahn Boquist

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

The fresh herbs sound fantastic, thanks for the comment

Grant

Monday 7th of September 2020

Hey, I made this yesterday. They were the best SD pizzas I’ve made. Big, great crust and strong taste. Thank you. My boys loved them and I even did a GF version for my wife which worked out ok too. I’m moving on to those doughnuts now.

Dahn Boquist

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

That is so exciting that the gluten-free version worked out well. I'm glad to hear this was a hit for the family, thanks for the comment. Hope you enjoy the donuts

Rachael

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

I don't see the video anywhere

Dahn Boquist

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

Oh thanks for pointing that out, I loaded the video. You should be able to view it now. If you want to watch it on repeat it is also on our YouTube channel.

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