I’m popping in early this week to let you know about the pizza dough that has completely transformed a few of my recent meals. It’s not a new method, or a new recipe for that matter, but it wasn’t familiar to me when I came across it, and I’ve made three pizzas in four days just to prove to myself that it is in fact as good as I think it is.
It’s supposed to be a two ingredient pizza dough, but since I don’t keep self-rising flour on hand, it’s actually a four-ingredient recipe in my house. Since two of those are salt and baking powder, I think we can agree that this still qualifies as one of the most succinct recipes you’ll ever make. Are you ready? Here goes: to make a 12x14-inch pizza dough you’ll need: 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder + ¾ teaspoons fine sea salt +1½ cups all-purpose flour + 1 cup Greek yogurt. That’s it.
Can you believe it? I doubt it because when I first read about it I couldn’t either. The fact that flour plus yogurt could equal pizza dough was hard for me to imagine, but it totally does. In fact, it makes a mighty fine pizza dough that doesn’t require any rising time and can be mixed, rolled and ready for toppings in the time it takes your oven to preheat. I bake mine at 500°F for 12 minutes, which results in a crisp bottom crust topped with golden melted mozzarella cheese.
I hope you give it a go. I’ve tried it with two different brands of Greek yogurt just to be sure it wasn’t beginners luck the first time I made it, and I can say for certain this pizza dough really does work. While I won’t let it always replace the yeasted variations we’ve come to love, I do think this version has a permanent place in my recipe repertoire for those nights and mornings when pizza is the answer to the last-minute question “what’s for dinner/lunch?” today.
Greek Yogurt Pizza Dough
2¼ teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoons fine sea salt
1½ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1. Preheat oven to 500°F and oil a large rimmed baking sheet.
2. Place the baking powder and salt in a 1-cup dry measure. Add enough all-purpose flour to measure one cup, and dump into a medium mixing bowl. Add an additional 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and whisk well to combine.
3. Add Greek yogurt and mix together with a rubber spatula. Transfer the dough to a flour-dusted work surface, and knead the dough for 5 minutes, or until smooth to the touch. It shouldn't be sticky at all, so add more flour as needed.
4. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 12x14-inch rectangle and transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
5. Cover pizza dough with desired toppings and bake for 12 minutes. Let cool for 1 minute before cutting.