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Easy Discard Sourdough Pizza Crust

Sourdough Pizza crust, like other sourdough baked goods, has a deeper, richer, tangier flavor than traditional yeasted pizza dough. Wild yeast Sourdough starter makes a delicious crispy pizza crust your family will love.

It makes sense for home bakers to plan their weekly pizza dinners around the sourdough feeding clock. Use up sourdough discard with this sourdough discard pizza crust and feed your family well.

There are SO many ways to change it up to suit your family. You’ll always have new ways to use up sourdough discard with pizza.

Cut Slice Sourdough Pizza
Discard Sourdough ‘thin crust’ Pizza

Sourdough Pizza Crust Questions:

How Fed Should the Sourdough Discard Be? The Amount of “fed’ your sourdough discard has, is up to you.

If you want a pillowy soft crust with lots of air pockets for a thick deep dish pizza, use a well fed starter (ready for baking bread). Allow the dough to cold rise for one to three days before making it into pizza.

This is the process we use for our Artisan Sourdough bread and as you see below it makes an excellent pizza crust with lots of crispy crunch, texture and flavor.

Sourdough Pizza 1
The sourdough deep dish pizza may be made from our artisan sourdough bread dough. A bit longer process but delish!

For a thinner crust with lots of sourdough tang, a hungry starter is ideal. But the crust will be flatter and more thin.

Sourdough Pizza Edge
sourdough pizza crust made with yeast and a hungry starter.

What is Par Baking?

Par baking is a shortened term for partial baking. When baking raw pizza dough par-baking the pizza dough for five to ten minutes before loading it with toppings ensures an evenly baked crust.

When you bake raw pizza after it is loaded with sauces, toppings and cheeses, the center of the crust is often still raw once the toppings are perfectly baked.

We Par bake the raw pizza dough to allow the middle of the raw crust to get baked. This ensures we don’t over cook the pizza crust edge once the pizza is loaded and baked.

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Freezing Pizza and Dough:

You CAN freeze raw pizza dough after it goes through the first rise. Just wrap it it tightly in plastic wrap and then double wrap it in a ziplock freezer bag. Freezes well up to two months.

HOWEVER, the resulting pizza crust is often tough and won’t rise well. If you like chewy, thin crust pizzas this may work great for you and your family.

But not so much if your looking for a soft pillowy pizza crust. Rather than freeze the raw dough, You can store raw dough in the fridge several days and actually improve the sourdough flavor and texture.

Freeze PAR baked crusts for best results. It works better to par bake the crusts once the recipe is finished and then freeze the crust well wrapped for several weeks.

Can you make and freeze a whole topped pizza? Yes. But you must par bake the raw pizza dough first. Once the crust is par baked you can top it and freeze it tightly wrapped for several weeks.

Adding Yeast To Pizza Dough Mix
Adding yeast to pizza dough.

Why Yeast?

Adding yeast to this sourdough pizza crust is optional. But it is a good idea if you are using very weak, hungry starter. Yeast has no benefit to the recipe other than hurrying up the rising time. The starter, however, will add delicious tangy sourdough flavor and texture to your pizza experience.

Sourdough discard can be very hungry and tangy. (You will see hooch forming on the top of hungry starter). This hungry starter makes the most sour sourdough but it will not rise well since it needs food and time to eat it. Adding yeast will give you that sour flavor and also provide the rise for the dough.

If your starter is well fed and bubbly, you don’t need yeast unless you are really in a hurry. The very best sourdough pizza crust will spend a day in your fridge to really develop the pizza dough. Forget the yeast if you are doing the long cold rise.

Substitute Diastastic malt for yeast. Diastastic malt powder is another choice for leavener. It contains the enzyme amylase. This enzyme consumes starches and makes them into sugars. This creates more food for the hungry yeasts (both wild and commercial). The result is better rise and more even browning of the crust. The general rule of thumb is use 1 tsp. per cup of flour.

Pizza Change Ups:

This is basic pizza crust recipe has no added seasonings or dough conditioners. If you want to tweak your pizza crust with different flavors and textures here are some ideas that have been tested with this recipe.

Add ins for pizza dough:

The add ins below are going to make a softer, more bread like crust.

  • Oils (13g -suggest olive oil or avocado oil)
  • honey (about 10 grams)
  • Mix of flours. Half bread four and half all purpose flour to improve texture.
  • Whole wheat flours will add fiber and nutrition but make a firmer denser crust.
Raw Sourdough Pizza Dough Formed And Ready To Bake
Basic sourdough pizza crust from our printable recipe card with a hungry starter.

This pizza crust has a lot of possibilities. Make it your way.

Pizza Topping Ideas:

Pizza topping ideas are endless and SO fun to experiment with. Pizza never has to be boring with a little imagination. Throw some of these seasonings right into your sourdough pizza dough to compliment your toppings for even more pizza flavor.

Spreading Pizza Sauce
Traditional red sauces makes a great pizza base

Mix and match these pizza toppings and see what you like best. We also have a list of popular pizza topping cheeses under this table. Enjoy!

MEATS:SEASONINGSAUCESVEGETABLESFresh HERBS
HamburgerCreoleRed pizza sauceonionsbasil
SausageTacoPestostomatoesoregano
PepperoniItalianBBQ saucefresh/roasted peppersthyme
Chickenonion powderAlfredo saucesun dried tomatoesAurgula
Bacongarlic powderkapersparsley
Hamblack olives
Jumbo Shrimpkalamata olives
mushrooms
Spreading Cheese On Pizza Dough
Cheese should compliment the theme and additional toppings you use.

All of these cheeses make good toppings for pizza with the right companion ingredients.

  • mozzarella
  • goat cheese
  • blue cheese
  • Mexican blend cheese
Cut Slice Sourdough Pizza
Yield: 16 slices

Sourdough Pizza Crust Recipe

Crispy discard sourdough pizza crust is easy to make and full of flavor. Load it with your favorite toppings and enjoy a meal of full bodied, tangy sourdough pizza. Delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup About 227 grams) sourdough discard (fed or unfed is fine)
  • 1/2 Cup warm water (plus extra as needed)
  • 2 1/2 Cups all purpose flour (bread flour makes a puffier crust)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • (1/2 teaspoon dry active or instant yeast (optional-use for faster rise)
  • seasonings as desired (rosemary, thyme, oregano, garlic and onion powders recommended)

Instructions

  1. Pour the starter into a stand mixer with a dough hook or large mixing bowl.Mixing Sourdough Pizza Crust
  2. Pour the dry ingredients and 1/2 Cup water over the starter.
  3. Mix the dough in the mixer or by hand until the dough forms a ball and the sides of the bowl are clean.Mixing Pizza Dough
  4. Place the dough in a oiled container and allow to double in size. The amount of time required for this is all about your starter. If it is recently fed and you use yeast, it will take about 2 to 4 hours. *(see notes)Pizza Dough Ball In Greased Bowl.
  5. Once the dough is doubled in size, flatten the dough to remove air.Flattening Pizza Dough
  6. Divide the dough into two for two small 12 inch pizzas using a small oiled pizza pan or baking stone. For one large pizza use an oiled 9 x 13 inch baking sheet.
  7. Press the dough inot the oiled pan. It will tend to shrink away from the pan edge.Forming A Pizza
  8. Allow the dough to relax about 15 minutes and then again form the dough into the corners or the oiled pan.
  9. Cover the raw pizza dough and let it rise until you are happy with the crust height.Covered Pizza Dough
  10. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  11. -Par Bake RAW thin crust pizza 5 minutes.Raw Pizza Dough On Pizza Stone
  12. Remove from heat and spread on sauce and toppings. Bake Unil toppings are sizzling and the crust is browned. About another 8 minutes.Baked Sourdough Pizza
  13. -Par Bake RAW thick crust pizza 10 minutes.
  14. Top with sauces and toppings and bake another 8 to 10 minutes or until the crust is evenly browned and the toppings are bubbling and browned.

Notes

* Rising Times:

Yeast and starter discard are both leaveners that rise bread by creating bubbles in the dough. A stronger, more recently fed starter will rise dough more quickly than a hungry starter (fed more than a week ago).

If you want to wait for the dough to develop a much deeper and better flavor, set the risen dough into your fridge covered for one to five days before baking.

Why Add Yeast?:

The sole purpose of yeast in this recipe is to quicken your timeline from mixing to getting the pizza on the table. To really hurry up the rise time you can double the yeast.

By eliminating the yeast your depending on the starter to do the rising. A well fed starter will have no trouble with this but it will take longer than with yeast.

An unfed starter will need added yeast to boost the timeline. Otherwise do a long cold rise overnight (up to five days) in the fridge to develop the pizza dough.

Dough Add ins:

The add ins below are going to make a softer, more bread like crust.

  • Oils (13g -suggest olive oil or avocado oil)
  • honey (about 10 grams)
  • Mix of flours. Half bread four and half all purpose flour to improve texture.
  • Whole wheat flours will add fiber and nutrition but make a firmer denser crust.

Baking Pizza in an Air Fryer:

For a larger air fryer baking a whole pizza works well.

  • Set temp to 375 Degrees F.
  • Par Bake pizza crust for 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add Toppings and bake for 7 min.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

16

Amount Per Serving Calories 82Total Fat 44gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 0mgSodium 145mgCarbohydrates 972gFiber 41gSugar 84gProtein 199g

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Many sourdough bakers use their sourdough discard for recipes. We have a whole lot of them in our sourdough section for you.

Sourdough lovers enjoy this rich crispy sourdough pizza crust. Try this pizza crust with the Mediterranean toppings we use on our flatbread recipe below. Use up your discard with these yummy pretzels and bagels. Happy Baking!

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Sourdough Pizza crust, like other sourdough baked goods, has a deeper, richer, tangier flavor than traditional yeasted pizza dough. Wild yeast Sourdough starter makes a delicious crispy pizza crust your family will love.

Ingrid

Friday 6th of January 2023

Do you add the oil and seasoning in before you put it in the fridge to slow rise?

Diane

Friday 6th of January 2023

Hi Ingrid, Yes. Put the oil, seasonings and any other add ins you want to use in with the starter and flour so it mixes together. Then do the rise. Happy Baking!

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