Though I think of myself as a pretty confident baker, working with yeast makes me — well, anxious.
It feels so unpredictable, and I like knowing what to expect (at least for one aspect of my life). Is the water the right temperature? Is the yeast expired? Have I overworked the dough? Is the room warm enough for the dough to rise?
So I was intrigued (and very skeptical) when I found a recipe for a no-rise pizza dough. The most appealing part is that it did not involve yeast! You heard me right — the only ingredients in this dough are Greek yogurt and self-rising flour.
I couldn’t believe that this could actually work — never mind making a respectable pizza dough — but I had to give it a try. And guess what?
A quick spin in the mixer and this dough was ready to roll. And it’s a dream to work with, too. No sticking or “springing back,” and no waiting for it to rise!
Now at this point you may be asking, “um, so does the dough taste like … yogurt?”
Those who know me KNOW that my kitchen is a yogurt-free zone — I don’t buy it, eat it, and I certainly don’t cook with it. So I assure you that you will never know that yogurt is in the mix.
The finished dough has a lovely crispy exterior, and a pleasantly chewy interior. The 2 keys to success are to roll it out as thin as possible, and brush it with olive oil before adding your cheese and toppings.
I’m sharing one of my favorite pizza recipes here, but you can use this dough exactly the way you’d use a traditional dough — calzones, cinnamon-sugar twists, garlic knots, you name it!
No self-rising flour? No worries! Learn how to make your own self-rising flour (I tried it and it works perfectly).
So fire up that oven (or grill) and get your dough on!
Roasted Peppers and Basil Pizza
Makes: 4 servings
Pizza Dough Ingredients
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
- Olive oil
- 1/2 pound mozzarella, half sliced and half grated
- 5-6 yellow, orange, or red bell peppers, roasted and thinly sliced
- 15-20 basil leaves
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Make the pizza dough: Preheat oven to 450 F. Place the yogurt and flour in the bowl of your electric mixer. Starting with the paddle attachment, and on low speed, mix until ingredients are well combined. Switch to the dough hook and knead until smooth (5-7 minutes). Transfer to a lightly floured surface and roll out dough until very thin.
- Brush the dough all over with olive oil. Place the mozzarella slices on top, followed by the peppers, basil, Parmesan, and grated mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bake until browned and bubbly, about 10-12 minutes. Cool slightly and serve.