Have you been wanting to make your own sourdough but aren’t sure how to start and what to do with it once you’ve made it! Here’s a simple guide to how to start your sourdough and how to make an easy sourdough pizza crust with it!!
Easy Sourdough Pizza Crust
So…..It’s the middle of winter and comforting foods are on the list! Unfortunately, some items have been harder to locate than others. One of those is yeast for baking. It happened to be one of the items that was hard to locate and limited, if you did find it.
I decided to try my hand at producing a sourdough stater that could take the place of typical yeast. I had also been wanting to try sourdough again, as grains have caused me digestive discomfort in the past, but I wondered how I would do with the “fermented” sourdough.
The first business was starting the culture.
All you need is flour and water and time. In order to get an active stater going, you need to start with equal parts water and your choice of flour. Incorporate together and cover loosely and let it sit.
Every 24 hours you can discard half of it and add again equal flour and water.
Over several days time of doing this, you should start to see bubbles forming. It’s on its way to be a viable starter. You can also start with a culture-specific to sourdough if you want to….like these Sourdough Starters. They also have Gluten Free Sourdough Starters.
Do not think that sourdough has to be complicated or exact. I found just the opposite…..it is very forgiving and ready to work for you, if you pay it a little attention.
Once you have a container (I use a half gallon glass jar) that is starting to fill up….it’s time to use your culture!
Sourdough Pizza Crust Recipe
Instead of throwing out the discard to replenish, I like to find ways to use it. One of our favorite ways is this super easy pizza crust.
It is just a sourdough starter…ready to be used. It should be a starter that you have fed the previous day, so you get the fermenting value of it.
Once you have enough starter that needs to be used, you can use it to make a quick lunch or supper with it like we do.
Heat a cast-iron skillet, I use this Cast Iron Lodge Griddle. Warm it over medium-low heat and add in a coat of olive oil.
Once it is hot, pour your sourdough starter to cover the pan. I have found that we like a thicker amount, but you can adjust it to the thickness you like.
Use a large spoon or spatula to smooth out the starter over the base of the griddle pan.
Let it cook over medium-low heat until it is bubbly on top and slightly golden brown on the bottom.
If you want, you can flip it, like a pancake, to cook the other side. My preferred method it to put it in a toaster oven or oven on 400 F until the top side is cooked through and golden brown also.
This whole process is approximately 15-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the crust you like. Once done to your liking, you can add your sauce and any additional toppings you like.
Put it back in your oven or toaster oven for an extra 5 minutes to melt your cheese. Done!! It really is that easy to have homemade pizza on the table within a half hour.
It has quickly become a favorite here for a quick lunch or easy supper…..and it’s a great way to use up that extra sourdough starter you have accumulated!
If you are looking for a more detailed tutorial on putting together a sourdough starter you can check out this Sourdough Starter Tutorial and then also be sure and click over to part 2 for Sourdough Recipes.
Have you ever tried to make homemade sourdough? What did you make with it?