Jul 21, 2011

Super Quick No Yeast Crispy Chewy Pizza Crust!

When I crave pizza, I usually think about how long it'll take to make the dough, then end up making something else.  This flavorful dough takes no time at all to make (no resting required), and contains no yeast.  When baked correctly, it's crispy on the outside, and chewy on the inside- just like what a good pizza crust should be.  If you don't have a pizza stone or special pan, no worries- this method will make you a pizza hero!

Here's the recipe.  Take special note to the method (or spinz), as it will mean the difference between a tough soggy dough, and the one shown above!

Makes two large crusts

2 3/4 C. white spelt flour 
2 C. all purpose flour (or you can use your own preferred mix of flours)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/3 C. nutritional yeast
2 T. ground flaxseed
1 tsp. salt
1 T. sugar
1 tsp. dried basil (or Italian seasonings)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 C. water

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.  Mix up everything except water in a large bowl.  Add water, and mix and knead into a smooth elastic dough.  If it's too sticky, add a little flour.  If it's too dry, add a little water.  Divide into two equal dough balls.  Flour your work surface generously with flour, and sprinkle some onto your dough.  Roll it out until thin, then fold up the dough 3-4 times (this adds layers, much like a puff pastry).  Dust with more flour as needed, then roll out again until very thin.  Transfer dough to a prepared baking pan (I sprayed mine with oil to keep from sticking and sprinkled some corn meal).  Poke the dough with a fork evenly throughout the dough and brush with a little olive oil.  Place pan on center rack, and turn the oven to broil.  This will only take a few minutes (depending on your oven), and you should watch it closely so it doesn't burn.  Ideally, it should look bubbly and slightly browned (maybe even more than shown below).  The dough should be cooked through and stiff, but not crisp.  

Take out of oven and flip the crust over. Add a thin layer of sauce and toppings.  Don't pile on too much or it will be too heavy for the crust.  The crust should have cooled down enough to handle by now, so lift it out of the pan with a large spatula and hands and quickly transfer directly to your oven rack.  Broil the pizza until cheese is bubbling, and the edges are golden.  Again, keep a close watch on it, as it should only take a few minutes.

If you have a pizza stone, or one of those perforated pizza pans, then by all means use it.  I would recommend sliding the dough onto one of these hot surfaces for best results, and you probably won't need to flip it.  

Also check the bottom of the pizza- it should sound crispy when you tap it.



  2. How exciting, I have yet to taste a decent yeast-less pizza... I guess I'll have to try this! Such a bummer that I just ran out of nooch though. Those delicious photos will torture me until I can restock.

  3. OMG! That looks like a great pizza crust! Thin and crispy with no yeast? That's totally for me! Thanks! :-)

  4. I bought a pizza stone!!! I have it already!

  5. Made this the other day with whole grain spelt flour. Turned out awesome!
    (I used a pizza stone on a gas grill and forgot to pre-bake the crust, so moving it was a challenge, but all ended well)