Sourdough Pizza


After posting about sourdough starter and including a photo of sourdough pizza, I got requests for the sourdough pizza recipe and instructions, so here it is. I wouldn’t want anyone to go without truly great pizza this weekend! This is a sourdough pizza crust based on the original homemade wonder bread, Grandmother Bread.

Learn more about making Grandmother Bread with sourdough starter and how to make sourdough starter here.

(Optional: Add 1/3 cup oil to the one-loaf recipe and 2/3 cup to the two-loaf recipe when making pizza. Remember that when adding oil, you’ll need to also add a little more flour.)

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How to make Sourdough Pizza:

How many pizzas do you want to make? Choose the one-loaf or two-loaf sourdough recipe.

One-loaf sourdough Grandmother Bread recipe–makes two large thin crust pizzas

2/3 cup starter
1 1/3 cups warm water
1 teaspoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups flour*

Two-loaf sourdough Grandmother Bread recipe–makes four large thin crust pizzas

1 1/3 cups starter
2 2/3 cups warm water
1 tablespoon (1 packet) yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
8 cups flour*

*Flour measure is approximate–you may need slightly more or less. Use what you need to get a good, pliable ball of dough.

In a large bowl, combine starter, water, yeast, sugar, and salt. Let sit five minutes. Add baking soda and begin stirring in flour with a heavy spoon, a cup at a time, stirring until dough becomes too stiff to continue with a spoon. Add a little more flour and begin kneading. The amount of flour is approximate–your mileage may vary! Continue adding flour and kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic. Let dough rise in a greased, covered bowl until doubled. (Usually 30-60 minutes.) Uncover bowl; sprinkle in a little more flour and knead again before dividing, in two pieces if using the one-loaf recipe or four pieces if using the two-loaf version.

Place divided pizza dough directly onto greased pizza pans. I spread it out with my hands to get started.

Then I roll it out with a plastic cup. I find my long rolling pin doesn’t work well with the raised edges of pizza pans. A cup is easier to manage. Sprinkle flour as needed to keep it from sticking as you roll it.

Then it’s back to using my fingers to spread it that last bit right up to the edges of the pan.

Before adding any sauce and toppings, bake pizza bread at 400-degrees for about 8 minutes. Take out pizza bread. Add sauce and toppings as desired. Put completed pizza back in the oven for approximately 15 more minutes. (Keep an eye on it! Also, if baking two pizzas at a time, switch between racks halfway through baking time.)

Use my Basic Italian-Style Tomato Sauce or a jar of storebought sauce.

You can also make homemade pizza using the standard Grandmother Bread recipe if you don’t have any sourdough starter.

One-loaf standard Grandmother Bread recipe

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup olive oil
3 1/2 to 4 cups flour

This will make two large thin crust pizzas. Double recipe for four pizzas. See more Grandmother Bread recipes and learn all about Grandmother Bread here.

The Princess gets pretty serious when she’s cutting pizza.

She likes to taste it before she really digs in.

The pizza is deemed satisfactory.

Which is a good thing, since she made it.

Ahhhh, the anticipation!

She shares with you her secret ingredient–nacho cheese sauce spread on the pizza along with the pizza sauce beneath the shredded mozzarella and toppings.

I have another pizza dough recipe here, based on my French bread.

Have some homemade pizza this weekend! It’s easy to get the kids involved, it’s fun to make, cheaper and better than take-out, and it really doesn’t take much time. And, of course, it’s spectacular!

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  1. Heidi says:

    MMMMMMMMMMMMM – can princess come live with me? I really need another girl around here, the cat is NOT cutting right now and if she can cook I may be able to sneak to the bathroom without the starving hoard following me in there!!! You ALWAYS have somthing that I REALLY want to make, ok maybe not make by myself but definatly EAT IT BY MYSELF CUZ IT LOOKS SO DOG GONE GOOD!!! LOL

  2. Diane says:

    I love homemade pizza. Its a treat in my house. But Nacho cheese??? Might have to try that.

  3. robin says:

    Just made your bread last nite to warm up the house (getting below 60 here in sunny FL-we are terrible!)
    Now you show pizza…gotta eat the bread first which i did this morning for breakfast..sliced with melted cheese.

  4. jane says:

    who does not love love love pizza!!! In HS we would order it and leave it out on the table and eat it cold for breakfast – drove my mother crazy!!! No anchovies pls. My FIL use to say when we ordered pizza – THIS IS NOT A MEAL!! He wanted the trio, triune god meal – meat, bread and potatoes.
    wow snow- it was 77 here in Dallas yesterday and now it is 35 with a big wind chill. no snow this yr het, but we have had snow in Feb. so I am hoping.

  5. Mel says:

    You’ve started my mouth watering, must scroll down and write each of these recipes. Sourdough, has been a favorite in our family since our tour in Alaska, very popular up there. Also, love homemade Italian sauce, had to write that down, plan on freezing some in the near future. Such a yummy post, Thanks…


  6. Nancy in Atlanta says:

    Jeez, Suzanne, now the drool on my keyboard looks like cheese and salsa. How does that happen? Since I’m not likely to make this myself, and you probably won’t send Princess/Morgan down to cook for me, I’ll just pass it on to my daughter in Iowa and let her enjoy it! The nacho cheese sauce is a great idea! :catmeow:

  7. Jill S. says:

    Princess is looking so grown up and pretty!

  8. catslady says:

    My Scilian grandma made the best pizza ever. She used her homemade italian bread recipe and made it nice and thick – small chunks of real cheese (romano etc.), homemade sauce, and ANCHOVIES lol. Now that’s pizza!!! But I’ll eat any kind – I love it all but just not as much as hers which I haven’t had in almost 40 years (sob).

  9. marianne says:

    My husband just said too much hearburn looking at that, hahaha. wow, your daughter takes after you, my boys will love that nacho idea i bet.

  10. Leah says:

    Suzanne, youre rasing up a little cook in Princess. She looks great in the pictures!I have pictures of my dtr, Amy standing over the stove stirring something when she was just about nine. The interested look on their faces is so cute! :hellokitty: The pizza looks amazing too.

  11. Amanda says:

    That looks really yummy! I need to get some sour dough started sometime.

  12. ML says:

    Yum!! I was looking for a recipe yesterday too, glad you posted this. Now I just have to go buy myself 2 pizza pans. I can’t wait to make this pizza, looks so good!

  13. Susan says:

    Okay, I will! :hungry:

  14. Patricia Herman says:

    Yummy…..this is being printed out and going on the to do cooking list. I have to go to the store and get the supplies (yeast) for making Sourdough starter and then I can make the pizza. Woohoo – love the cheese idea. Thank Princess for us for that idea.

  15. Brandy says:

    Oh, gosh. I’m drooling on my keyboard…….

  16. Lilla says:

    Suzanne, I made pizza using your regular Grandmother bread recipe (not sourdough) and it was fabulous! I used half of the dough for a large pizza and the other half for a loaf of bread. The bread reminded me of those Parker House rolls, remember those? I have had such a hard time baking since moving to Colorado’s high altitude, but your recipe was a snap and tasted so good. It’s definitely a keeper! Thanks for sharing.

  17. lisa brawner says:

    that sounds so yummy. I have just gotten some starter a week ago and i am ready to start using it

  18. cmanteria says:

    Thank you for this great recipe. I modified the recipe and process and have posted the recipe with pictures.

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