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The Ultimate Sourdough Pizza Crust {From Discard Starter}

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Who doesn’t love pizza, all hot and gooey, fresh from the oven? Give this sourdough pizza crust a whirl. It’s delicious! BONUS: Make it with your discard!

sourdough pizza crust pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza, all hot and gooey, fresh from the oven?

Thankfully, there are as many different kinds of pizza as there are people.

At my house, some of us like it thin and crispy. Some like it deep dish style.

Some of us like mushrooms and onions. And some just want it plain.

If that’s the case at your house too, making large pizzas can sometimes become way too complicated. And who needs that?

So, to make pizza night a success, I often use individual pans and make the sourdough crust ahead of time. Some thick and some thin.

That way everyone gets to build their own pizza exactly the way they like it.

I will even double this sourdough pizza crust recipe at times so that I have left over crusts to freeze. You can freeze them as is, or build the pizza first and then freeze them.

Either way, sourdough pizza crust is a way healthier alternative to most frozen pizzas you can buy at the grocery store.

So I am going to teach you how to make the Ultimate Sourdough Pizza Crust!

As with all my sourdough recipes you can omit the yeast and allow the sourdough pizza dough to rise much more slowly and develop more of a tang. If you use the added yeast, the flavor will be just like a regular pizza crust.

Make sure that your starter is active and bubbly if you are not using yeast.

If you want to use this recipe with discard starter you will need the yeast.

One last thing before we get started. I pre-bake the crusts and then remove them from the pans.

Then I let them cool on the racks to put together later, or we build the pizzas right away.

But either way, when I bake the pizzas with the toppings, I always use my baking stone.

This baking stone is the one I recommend for pizza. It pulls the moisture away from the crust and makes it nice and crisp.

Which is the way I like my pizza crust.

If you like your pizza crust on the chewy side, put them back in the pan after you build them.

Ready?

Here we go!

Sourdough Pizza Dough Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sourdough discard starter (un-fed)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon yeast (optional)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning (optional)

Pizza Topping Options

Instructions

Making the Sourdough Discard Pizza Dough

To start with you need put the flour, salt, yeast (if using), and the Italian seasoning into a mixing bowl and mix it up.

Then stir your sourdough starter and measure out 1 cup into the bowl and add the 1/2 cup warm water.

Mix well until combined. You can mix it either by hand in a large mixing bowl, or with the paddle attachment in a stand mixer.

wet ingredients for sourodugh pizza crust in mixing bowl
ready to mix it up

If you are making it by hand, turn the pizza dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.

Knead until the dough is smooth and slightly sticky. About 10 to 12 minutes.

If using a stand mixer, attach your dough hook and knead for about 7 minutes until smooth and just a tad bit sticky.

After kneading, you need to put the dough ball back into a greased bowl and turn it to grease the top. It needs to rise at room temperature until it has doubled in volume.

sourodugh pizza crust dough in mixing bowl
kneaded and ready to rise

Depending on how strong your starter is and how warm your kitchen is, the rise time can be anywhere from 1 to 3 hours.

soyurdough pizza dough in mixing bowl after first rise
and now doubled in volume

Now your sourdough pizza dough is ready to rock and roll!

How Many Crusts does this Make?

If you want a deep dish pizza, use all the dough for a single pizza and press it into an olive oiled pan.

For regular sized thin crust pizzas, divide the dough in 3 portions. If you want a little thicker crust, divide in half.

If you have individual sized pans you’ll need less dough for each crust.

Since there are so many different sizes of pans I can’t really tell you how much you might need. You’ll just have to experiment for yourself.

can tell you that I get 6 thin crust mini pizzas with the pans that I have. If someone wants a mini deep dish, I take twice as much dough as I use for the thin crust and that works well for me.

sourdough pizza dough on pizza pan
into the oiled pizza pan

You could even just use a regular sheet pan or cookie sheet and make it kinda free-form if you want. Your kitchen, your rules!

Drizzle olive oil into your chosen number of regular sized pizza pans and tilt the pans (or spread the oil with your hands) until the bottoms are evenly coated with oil.

If you are using a cookie sheet, you could use a piece of parchment paper instead of oiling the pan.

Shape each piece of the dough into a disc and then put each disc into a pizza pan. Gently press the dough out until it covers the bottom.

It will start to shrink up a bit. That’s ok.

Let it rest for a few minutes and press it out again. Do that for all of the pizzas.

Once you have the crusts in the pans, take a fork and poke holes all over them. These holes keep the crusts from bubbling up as they bake.

pizza crust spread into pan and pokes full of holes
poked and ready for oven

Then cover them and let them rest while the oven preheats.

Preheat your oven to 450°F. If you are going to be baking your pizzas to eat right away, put your baking stone in the oven to heat up.

Baking your Sourdough Pizza Crusts

Once your oven is hot, pre-bake the thicker crusts for 8 – 10 minutes and the thin crusts for 4 to 6 minutes.

Remove from the pans and cool on a wire rack for later, or top immediately with all your favorite fixins.

When you are ready to bake your pizzas, slide them into the oven and onto the preheated baking stone.

I’ve found that using a pizza peel is the best way to get these guys safely into and out of the oven.

This is the pizza peel that I use, and I love it!

baked sourdough pizza on pizza peel
I love this pizza peel!

Bake until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melted and browned to your liking.

Approximately 10 minutes for the thicker crust pizza, and 8 minutes for the thin crust pizza.

Let cool slightly before serving. It would be so sad if y’all got blistered tongues!

More sourdough discard recipes for you to enjoy:

Sourdough Pizza Crust

Who doesn't love pizza, all hot and gooey, fresh from the oven? Give this sourdough pizza crust a whirl. It's delicious! BONUS: Make it with your discard!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 crusts
Calories 708 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unfed sourdough starter discard
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 4 tsp Italian seasoning optional

Instructions
 

  • To start with you need put the flour, salt, yeast, and the Italian seasoning into a mixing bowl and mix it up.
  • Then stir your sourdough starter and measure out 1 cup into the bowl and add the 1/2 cup warm water. Mix well until combined. You can mix it either by hand or with a stand mixer.
  • If you are making it by hand, turn the pizza dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until the dough is smooth and slightly sticky. About 10 to 12 minutes.
  • If using a stand mixer, attach your dough hook and knead for about 7 minutes until smooth and just a tad bit sticky.
  • After kneading, you need to put the dough back into a greased bowl and turn it to grease the top. It needs to rise until it has doubled in volume.
  • Depending on how strong your starter is and how warm your kitchen is, the rise time can be anywhere from 1 to 3 hours.
  • Divide your dough into your chosen number of crusts.
  • Drizzle olive oil into your chosen number of regular sized pizza pans and tilt the pans (or spread the oil with your hands) until the bottoms are evenly coated with oil.
  • Shape each piece of the dough into a disc and then put each disc into a pizza pan. Gently press the dough out until it covers the bottom. It will start to shrink up a bit. That’s ok.
  • Let it rest for a few minutes and press it out again. Do that for all of the pizzas.
  • Once you have the crusts in the pans, take a fork and poke holes all over them. These holes keep the crusts from bubbling up as they bake.
  • Cover the crusts and let them rest while the oven preheats.
  • Preheat your oven to 450°F. If you are going to be baking your pizzas to eat right away, put your baking stone in the oven to heat up.
  • Once your oven is hot, pre-bake the thicker crusts for 8 – 10 minutes and the thin crusts for 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Remove from the pans and cool on a wire rack for later, or top immediately with all your favorite fixins.
  • When you are ready to bake your pizzas, slide them into the oven and onto the preheated baking stone.
  • Bake until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melted and browned to your liking. Approximately 10 minutes for the thicker crust pizza, and 8 minutes for the thin crust pizza.

Notes

As with all my sourdough recipes you can omit the yeast and allow the sourdough pizza dough to rise much more slowly and develop more of a tang. Make sure that your starter is active and bubbly if you are not using yeast.
If you want to use this recipe with discard starter you will need the yeast.

Nutrition

Calories: 708kcalCarbohydrates: 142gProtein: 25gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1175mgPotassium: 264mgFiber: 8gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 68IUCalcium: 87mgIron: 3mg
Keyword sourdough discard recipe, sourdough pizza crust, sourdough pizza dough
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By on March 18th, 2022

6 thoughts on “The Ultimate Sourdough Pizza Crust {From Discard Starter}”

  1. It was great! Can I let the dough rise and then freeze for later or does the freeze need to happen before rising? Thanks

    Reply
    • Glad you enjoyed it, Rachel! You can do it either way. I usually at it rise first so it’s quicker to make at dinner time.

      Reply

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