Slightly Sourdough Pizza Crust

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Temptingly tangy, but not overwhelming.  Packed with flavor and texture, this crust is so delectable and the composition has such character that it's hard to tag the exact source of its deliciousness (unless you know the secret sourdough factor). 

I've experimented with an all-sourdough crust, but found it too dense.  The flavor was there, but the dough never rose to my expectations.   

However, with the addition of yeast, it still has the light texture of regularly risen dough. But, the sourdough starter really revs up the flavor! The marrying of the yeast and the sourdough is a match made in heaven. (Don't worry if you haven't got a starter. Check out Step 3 for help with that). 

Creating the slightly sourdough pizza crust is a bit more time intensive than using a pre-packaged dough or other substitute dough product.  But, for me, the crust is the foundation of any gourmet pizza. 

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Step 1: Ingredients and Tools

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  1. Bread flour- 6-7 cups
  2. Yeast-  1 Tablespoon
  3. Water- 3 cups 
  4. Sugar- 1 teaspoon
  5. Salt- 1 Tablespoon
  6. Olive Oil- 1 Tablespoon
  7. Sourdough starter- 1/4 cup
  8. Cornmeal- as needed
  1. Mixer with dough attachment
  2. Parchment paper
  3. Measuring cups
  4. Measuring spoons
  5. Pizza peel (or flat surfaced pan like the back side of a cookie sheet)
  6. Rolling pin
  7. Oven
  8. Optional steel plate (which is what I used) or pizza stone or pizza pan

Step 2: First, proof the yeast

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To make sure the yeast will perform its very important duty, "proofing" makes sure the yeast is ready for action. 

Add 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 tablespoon active dry yeast to 1/2 cup warm water. 

Let it sit for about 5 minutes until frothy.

Note: Frothy is how you will know if the yeast is working. If it sits and does nothing, try it again. Be sure the water is warm. If you have a kitchen thermometer, the yeast will thrive on water in the temperature range of 105-115 degrees F. If it still doesn't get bubbly, it could be the yeast is old. 

When it proves to be worthy pour the yeast mixture into the bowl of your mixer. 
krissisj (author) 2 years ago
Thank you bajablue! I'm quite familiar with the happy pizza dance. :-)
bajablue2 years ago
Woo-Hoo for this winning instructable! Doing the Happy Pizza Dance for you!!! ;-D
t.rohner2 years ago
Nice crust and instructable.

As a real pizza nut, i want to recommend this link.

I baked pizzas his way. With sourdough and slow yeast fementation.
The difference in taste was only minimal.

I stopped using olive oil in my doughs, but that's a matter of taste.
I don't bake my pizzas as hot as Jeff Varasano. (only between 700 and 750 F)
If you bake the pizzas really hot, the oil may create bitterness.

Keep on baking
krissisj (author)  t.rohner2 years ago
Thanks for the tip t.rohner... I will definitely check our your recommendation.
krissisj (author) 2 years ago
Why thank you! :-) Congrats on your win also!
krissisj (author) 2 years ago
How cute! That's awesome! Great job!
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krissisj (author)  Kimberly_REMOVED2 years ago
Sweet! I'm sure it will be a hit at your party. Good luck to you in the finals also.
Lovely. Congratulations on being a finalist. I love your first photo. It's the most Pin-able pizza I have see.
krissisj (author)  donedirtcheap2 years ago
Thanks donedirtcheap! Congratulations to you as well. Your octopizza is so creative and it looks scrumptious!
krissisj (author) 2 years ago
Thank you! I'm very excited for the honor.
mistyp2 years ago
Congrats on becoming a finalist! Good luck!
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krissisj (author)  Kimberly_REMOVED2 years ago
I concur... sourdough anything is the BEST! :-)
bajablue2 years ago
Excellent 1st Instructable krissis!

The sourdough crust... the entire pizza looks so amazing...I am drooling.  

 WTH is my bib!?!?!?
krissisj (author)  bajablue2 years ago
haha Thank you bajablue! I agree that this pizza is definitely bib-worthy!
sunshiine2 years ago
How I would love a piece of this pizza right now! I will save this recipe and one day make it. I am not a huge pizza fan but this really looks good. Thanks for sharing your hard work and have a super day!
krissisj (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thanks for the nice comment, sunshiine!
mistyp2 years ago
Your final product shot looks gorgeous! I haven't tried sourdough yet, but your tips would definitely make it easier.
krissisj (author)  mistyp2 years ago
Thanks mistyp. :-) The crust is my absolute favorite part of pizza...and the sourdough flavor and texture is scrumptious beyond belief. If you get the chance to make one, I'd love to hear how it turns out!
That crust looks really good and those toppings sound great :)
krissisj (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thank you very much! It is definitely a good combination of flavors.