Sourdough pizza crust

Homemade pizza at its best

Ever since the sweet and wonderful Sally encouraged me to take a walk on the wild side, any recipe with the word “sourdough” instantly captures my attention! If there is one ingredient that can transform any recipe from regular to extraordinary, it would be sourdough and pizza crust is no exception.

I have used my sourdough starter to make bread,muffins, pancakes, crepesbrownies, crackers, English muffins ,cinnamon rolls and every single time the results were amazing. Using a sourdough starter adds a certain depth to recipes, a layer of flavor that is not necessarily sour. At times you can’t detect any tang but still the addition of the sourdough starter improves the texture and flavor so much that now even my kids say that any recipe gets extra points if it contains Harry.

If you don’t have a sourdough starter ( and if you visit the recipes mentioned above you will know that you really MUST get one!), head over to my tutorial on how to create your sourdough starter and come on this sourdough adventure with me. Believe me it is easier and tastier than what you think :)

homemade pizza from chef in disguise

For the last Secret recipe club assignment this year, I chose to make sourdough pizza.

The blog I was assigned this month was the keenan cookbook . Chris and Rachel, are the deo behind the blog along with The Toddler and Baby Boy.I love how they describe the blog dynamics in their about page :”Chris does most of the cooking, posting and online socializing. Rachel takes most of the photos, proof reads posts, and taste tests before giving her seal of approval on new recipes.” If you stop by their blog, you will realize that they are a great team who work well together to produce great recipes.

I bookmarked their spinach and cheese dip and their pumpkin pie smoothie but when I saw a recipe for sourdough pizza crust I knew immediately that it is going to be “the one”. I made this pizza crust three times this month and it was amazing every time. Not only is it a great way to use up the starter you would usually discard at every feeding but it was easy to make with very little active working time. The best part however was the taste and the texture. I love my go to pizza recipe that uses regular yeast but now it has some very strong competition!

Sourdough pizza

Sourdough pizza crust

  • 1 cup sourdough starter, fed or unfed
  • 1/2 cup hot tap water
  • 2 1/2 cups pizza flour (or all purpose flour )
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast

Add the hot water, flour, salt, yeast to your starter.

Mix to combine, then knead till smooth and slightly sticky, about 7 minutes at medium speed using a stand mixer with dough hook.


Place the kneaded dough in a lightly greased container, and allow it to rise till it’s just about doubled in bulk. This might take 2 to 4 hours; it might take more. A lot depends on how vigorous your starter is. For a faster rise, place the dough somewhere warm (or increase the yeast). To slow it down, put it somewhere cool.

rise of the sourdough

Lightly grease a jelly roll pan  or a round pizza pan or line it with parchment.

Shape the dough into a flattened disk or oval.

Roll it out or spread it using your knuckles to desired crust thickness.

rolled pizza

When the dough starts to fight back,  and shrink, cover it and let it rest for 10 minutes then try to spread it to the shape and size that you want.

Cover the pan and let the pizza rise for 1-2 hours (the time depends on how active you starter was and how warm it is in your kitchen)

rested pizza

Preheat the oven to 450

Just before baking, spray the crust with water. This will encourage it to rise to its fullest.

spray dough

For a thicker crust, pre-bake the crust for about 8 minutes before topping.

blind baked pizza

Top, then bake till toppings are hot and cheese is melted and bubbly, about 10 minutes.

Pizza toppings

I made this sourdough crust three times with three different toppings.

  • Kashkaval with smoked turkey.
  • Chicken meatball pizza
  • My go to quick easy and simple topping


One of our favorite toppings is kashkaval cheese and sliced smoked turkey

Turkey and cheese

Sourdough pizza with smoked turkey

My quick and easy pizza. For the sauce I simply pulse oil packed sun dried tomatoes with a clove of garlic some dried basil and oregano and use that as my sauce. For the topping I add a few fresh basil leaves, fresh mushrooms, green peppers, cheese and some salami.


pizza 2

For thin crusts, bake for 4 to 5 minutes, then top and bake for an additional 8 to 10 minutes, or till toppings are as done as you like.

Enjoy your home made pizza!

sourdough pizza from chef in disguise


Sourdough dynamics

The less-used your starter, the more liquid on top, the more sour it’s likely to be; using a starter that hasn’t been fed for weeks will yield a pizza crust that rises slowly, and tastes quite tangy.

On the other hand, a starter that’s fed regularly will yield a less-sour crust, one that will rise much more quickly. .

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  1. Anonymous

     /  February 23, 2014

    Looks great! I am just wondering What is sourdough? Do you know the name in french or in arabic

  2. Nutri_salut

     /  January 28, 2014

    Reblogueó esto en Nutri_saluty comentado:
    Comer sano para todos es posible! Un plato ideal para el fin de semana!

  3. Looks super yummm!!! Came across your blog while referring some food blogs :) Happy to connect….

    See ya sometime @

  4. Oh yes, pizza evening! Thank you :)

  5. So many wonderful pizzas all on a sourdough dough. They look delicious.

  6. Sourdough bread is my ALL TIME FAVORITE!! Love this recipe and your pictures are stunning. I also love that your website is snowing :) Very festive!

  7. candphotography

     /  December 11, 2013

    looks delicious :)

  8. Sourdough pizza dough is awesome! Great looking pizza! :)

  9. That looks great!

  10. I only had a green smoothie for lunch and your post just made me so hungry! Love all of your pictures. :)

  11. Hi, Sawsan,
    A sourdough starter is key. I love your recipe (it looks perfect – sourdough is my favorite bread and pizza dough base) and toppings preparation. You are always one for a great challenge – I love it. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Have a great week – and stay warm. BRRRR. ;-)
    Warm regards,

  12. Reblogged this on Teenager.

  13. Sadly my sour dough starter didn’t last long, it went really disgustingly mouldy but it was after I had made a couple of loaves of bread! It’s still on the list but it’s going to have to wait for a bit. I’m loving this pizza crust, it looks wonderful and the topping options are gorgeous!

  14. Reblogged this on A Blog of Love and commented:
    This is amazing. This pizza looks absolutely delicious.

  15. I’m a pizza crust addict, and this recipe is absolutely speaking to me. The crust is my favorite thing ever!

  16. What a beautiful-looking pizza.

  17. Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook

     /  December 9, 2013

    Gorgeous pizza! Definitely one case where the crust makes the pizza!

  18. Please send some of that pizza over here! It looks great!

  19. Oh, you adorable sourdough baker! I am going to be following YOUR footsteps, as you are taking sourdough to amazing new levels!

    I never made sourdough pizza crust, my only wild move was a foccacia, but I will be making this for sure!

  20. I love using my starter, too! I am going to have to check out all your recipes for additional inspiration. This pizza crust looks really good. I’m thinking pizza will be on the menu this week.

  21. I love using my starter, too! I am going to have to check out all your recipes for additional inspiration. This pizza crust looks really good. I’m thinking pizza will be on the menu this week.

  22. I love making pizza – but after a goopy mess have avoided trying a sourdough crust again. Think I might need to get back on that horse with this recipe. Great SRC pick!

  23. angelamroberts

     /  December 9, 2013

    I don’t know much about starters, but I do love sour dough. The pizza dough looks amazing and I can see why you made it three times.

  24. Reblogged this on yasarnorman.

  25. Oh I must get my sourdough going, Sawsan. This pizza looks fantastic!

  26. I’ve been following all of your sourdough posts but I have never tried any. You are inspiring me to try, Sawsan. Beautiful pizza.

  27. This pizza looks so yummy – sourdough is awesome! :)

  28. Wow – I’m so intrigued by all your sourdough recipes! What an inspiration as I absolutely love sourdough but have not been brave enough to try out a starter yet. I think it’s time I gave it a try, especially if it can produce such a beautiful pizza dough!

  29. My mouth is watering! :)

  30. Be still my pizza loving heart. Do you deliver? :)

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