That time I realized how easy it is to make pizza dough

18 April 2016

For some people, this isn’t surprising. In fact, it might be second nature. Like for my younger sisters, for instance. Years of weekly pizza nights have made it so my sisters can make pizza dough without even thinking about looking up the recipe. I don’t know if they’re actually still keeping with the Friday night tradition — it was definitely not something I grew up with — but regardless, I’m sure they could just as easily make that dough like nothing had changed.

Anyway. For me pizza either comes frozen or via delivery guy (or waitstaff). Like many things, I’d been curious about making my own pizza. However, I wanted to find a faster way. Also, a yeast-less way because yeast is not something I keep in my home.

A few google searches later, and I found myself with a recipe that touted no yeast and only 15 minutes prep. I was sold.

Yeast-less Pizza Dough
2 ¼ cups of flour
1 tbsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 cup milk (almond milk, in my case)
¼ cup room temperature butter

» Blend all the ingredients together into a giant dough ball, roll it out, and bake at 450º for 10-12 minutes or so.

See, super simple. The only issues I had is that my lovely Ninja blender and it’s dough blade didn’t really work to mix everything together. It sort of did, but not really… I basically just ended up mixing by hand. I’m not sure I had enough salt (and really I should have blended the dry ingredients a bit better first), and I don’t know if the butter got blended all the way through. I think next time I might make it a bit more melty. Also, I don’t have a rolling pin, so I improvised with an old water bottle…

All in all, it didn’t turn out too bad…

Yeastless homemade pizza

Not the best picture, but well. It wasn’t the best pizza either. The dough tasted like homemade dough rather than really nice pizza dough. I’m tempted to add some spices and stuff, melty butter, etc. to give it more flavor next time. Also, as I didn’t have pizza sauce, I just used some spaghetti sauce. I did at least have mozzarella… but my pepperoni had gone bad.

It wasn’t bad. Wasn’t great. I’m mostly going to chalk this one up to the fact that I do not bake — I don’t even have a full set of measuring utensils. So maybe it’ll turn out better next time. I’m sure it’s a good recipe and all just human error.

Let me know if you try it and how it turns out!

  • Desiree

    We all have to start somewhere, and it doesn’t look bad for your first time. I’m sure the more you do it, the more to your liking you’ll get it.

    • I definitely plan on playing with it more. It might make a nice flatbread, maybe.

  • Kay

    Looks good to me! I always end up mixing my pizza dough by hand. I have an electic hand mixer that has a dough attachment, but I still find my hands easier!

    • I sort of feel like anything short of a breadmaker or KitchenAid mixer really can’t do dough well. But it’d be nice if an affordable option could prove me wrong. But until then, just gotta get my hands sticky! 😉

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