This no-fail, quick-rise sourdough pizza crust recipe, is super easy to make, and full of amazing flavor! It uses simple ingredients and is a great way to put your sourdough starter to use. Not to mention it takes less than 3 hours from start to finish!
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“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve to have a what-the-hell attitude.” –Julia Child
Pizza is considered a staple in most homes and is eaten at least once a week. It’s a favorite among children and adults alike and has been thought of as an easy weeknight dinner for as long as most of us can remember. Before I even began cooking from scratch or making my own sourdough starter. I had a love for homemade pizza, and I greatly looked forward to the rare occasions when we would make pizza at home when I was little.
But then, before I was cooking so much at home, and learning how to make everything I possibly could at home, I knew that as much as I loved making pizza at home, there was one thing that we never could seem to get right, the crust. I don’t usually think of myself as being particularly picky but when it comes to my pizza crusts. Well, even I have to admit I am very, very picky.
I knew there would be a long list of things I was looking for in a pizza crust and even more things I was looking for in a simple sourdough pizza crust. In my mind, I had all but set out to do the impossible when I set out to create this recipe. For one I knew I didn’t like sourdough discard pizza crust. So using discard was out of the question. And for two, I knew I wanted a pizza crust that checked all of the following boxes.
- A crust that used an active starter instead of active dry yeast.
- One that didn’t require any special flour. (no bread flour, einkorn flour, etc)
- That was quick rising 2-3 hours at most.
- One that would be thick enough to be called pizza crust but not so thick it tasted like bread.
- A crust that acted and behaved like traditional pizza crust but with sourdough.
- One that didn’t need to be prebaked
- And a sourdough crust that wouldn’t require any special equipment to make. No baking steel, bench scraper, stand mixer, pizza stone, or bread machine.
And above all, I wanted it to be easy to make, use few ingredients and be as close to foolproof as possible.
Needless to say, I had set the bar pretty high, even for a food lover. It was a daunting task and one I figured I’d be working on for the rest of my life. And I can’t even begin to tell you how surprised I was when this crust not only checked all the boxes listed above but also came out on the first try!
Somehow I managed to not only create a crust that checked the boxes and came out on the first try, but I also loved it. As did the rest of the family, which is saying a lot. I come from a large family of fairly picky eaters and several siblings that still won’t admit I can even cook. It took some convincing before they even believed I made this pizza crust. Siblings are the best by the way.
I would say overall this recipe is a win, a win for me and anyone else who has dreamed of having a homemade sourdough pizza crust that doesn’t need to rise overnight. It’s quick, it’s easy and it comes out perfect every time. It’s great for any at-home family pizza night, or when you need to whip up supper in a snap!
How to Make A No-fail Quick-Rise Sourdough Pizza Crust
This makes 2 10-12 inch pizza crusts.
- warm water
- active sourdough starter – If you don’t have a sourdough starter yet, free feel to check out my blog post. How To Make Your Own Sourdough Starter at home.
- avocado oil. You can use any oil here. I like avocado because it is healthier, has a high smoke point, and doesn’t have a taste, unlike olive oil or coconut oil. You can use any oil you like though.
- Sea Salt
- All-purpose flour
In a large bowl combine the water, sourdough starter, and honey, stir, and let the mixture stand for 3 minutes. -I like to use my Danish Dough whisk.
After the 3 minutes is up, add the remaining ingredients and mix until it comes together.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead just until it comes together, it should be a smooth dough.
Return to the bowl cover it with a tea towel or a piece of plastic wrap and set it in a warm spot to raise rise for 2-3 hours.
This next part is a little tricky, the dough isn’t going to double in size, but it will rise a little and you should be able to tell that it is rising. When you go to divide it in the next step, start by pressing down the dough in the middle with your fingers, it should feel and act just like any other dough. It would be alive and risen even so slightly you just won’t be able to see it as well. (See the picture below.)
After the dough has risen, divide it into two equal pieces. Shape the first half into a ball, place it on a floured work surface, and sprinkle a little flour into the top of the dough and the rolling pin as well.
Roll the dough into a 10-12 inch circle that is roughly 1/2 inch thick. Place the dough on a baking sheet that has been lined with a piece of parchment paper(I use a round one.)
Preheat the oven to 500F.
Top the crust with your favorite pizza toppings and bake for 10-14 minutes or until the crust is golden. Allow the finished pizza to cool for 5-10min. before cutting. Enjoy!
If you have never cooked pizza at such a high temperature I would recommend starting with 8 minutes, checking the pizza, and cooking for 2-minute increments until it is done.
I use a fork to gently lift up the edge of the pizza and check the crust, to see if it is done. You want it to be starting to brown on the bottom and to feel slightly crispy. Personally, I find this to be the best way to check the pizza crust!
How to Freeze Sourdough Pizza Crust
This easy Sourdough pizza crust can also be frozen! Sourdough pizza crusts freeze beautifully and make for easy meal prep and quick grab-and-go dinners.
There are two simple ways to freeze this pizza crust, personally, I use option one the most, but both ways work great!
Freezing method 1. Make the crust as directed above, once the crust has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal halves, wrap each half tightly in plastic wrap, write on the date, and place the wrapped crust in the freeze. When you are ready to use the crust pull it out of the freezer and place it in the fridge for 4-6 hours or until completely thawed, roll it out, add your favorite toppings, and bake as usual.
Tip. If you are planning on making pizza for supper, pull your cost out in the morning and put it in the fridge. Your pizza crust will be perfectly thawed and ready to use by late afternoon!
Freezing method 2. Make the crust as directed above, roll out the risen crust wrap the roll out pizza crust in plastic wrap, and pop it in the freezer. When you are ready to use the crust, simply pull it out of the freezer add your favorite toppings, and bake at 400 degrees F for 20-30 minutes.
Tip. Roll your pizza crust out of a piece of parchment paper, and place it in the freezer unwrapped for 20-30 minutes, this will firm up the dough and make it easier to wrap.
Sourdough pizza crust will last in the freezer for up to 3 months!
No-fail Quick-rise Sourdough Pizza Crust
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 cup active sourdough starter
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp avocado oil*
- 1 tsp salt
- 2- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- In a large bowl combine the water, sourdough starter, and honey, stir and let the mixture stand for 3 minutes
- After the 3 minutes is up, add the remaining ingredients and mix until it comes together.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead just until it comes together, it should be a smooth dough.
- Return to the bowl cover with a tea towel and let it rise for 2-3 hours.**
- After the dough has risen, divide it into two parts. Shape the first half into a ball, and place it on a floured surface, sprinkle a little flour into the top of the dough and the rolling pin as well. Roll the dough into a 10-12 inch circle that is roughly 1/2 inch thick.
- Place the dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet(I use a round one.)
- Preheat the oven to 500F.
- Top the crust with your favorite pizza toppings and bake for 10-14 minutes or until the crust is golden. Allow the finished pizza to cool for 5-10min. before cutting. Enjoy!