by: Lauren Mathews, L.Ac
For the past few years, we have been making pizza every Friday night.  It’s one of my favorite traditions!  My family loves pizza but I prefer to make it at home vs ordering delivery since it is so much healthier.

I make a sourdough pizza crust, and always add lots of seasonal vegetables as toppings.  Cheese is completely optional, and you can use goat or sheep’s milk cheese if that is your preference.  This time of year is my favorite for making pizza, as all the best toppings are in season right now – basil, loads of leafy greens, and tomatoes galore.
Sourdough is generally much easier to digest and I personally prefer the flavor. HERE is an article that summarizes the many health benefits of baking with sourdough!  It’s easy to make your own sourdough starter, or you can email me and I will be happy to share some of mine with you. 🙂

Here is my sourdough crust recipe:

220 g bubbly and active sourdough starter

100 g water

1 t salt

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided)

240 g all purpose flour

*you may substitute GF flour if you have a GF sourdough starter (available at Cultures for Health CLICK HERE)*

 

In a medium sized bowl, stir together sourdough starter and water.
Add 2 T olive oil, salt, and 120 g of flour, and stir until mixed completely.
Add the rest of the flour and knead to combine.
Knead dough for a minute or two, adding extra flour only if necessary, until dough is smooth and still a bit tacky.
Roll dough in remaining tablespoon of olive oil, cover the bowl in plastic wrap or beeswax wrap, and let it rest for 4-8 hours.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 500 degrees and spread dough into a large rectangle an oiled baking sheet.
Let rest for 20 more minutes while the oven preheats, then prick the surface with the tines of a fork before placing into the oven.  Once you put the crust in the oven, reduce oven temp to 450 and let prebake for 10-15 minutes (the amount of time depends on your crust preference, 10 minutes will yield a nice soft crust, and longer cooking times will be crispier and more blistered).
Then remove from oven, add toppings, and bake for 10-15 more minutes.  Enjoy!
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