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Sourdough Pizza

Posted By Suzanne McMinn On January 10, 2009 @ 1:05 am In Breads,Grandmother Bread,The Farmhouse Table | 19 Comments


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.)


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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