Please join me in welcoming Lisa from the Come Walk With Me blog. Lisa shares her experience in making and enjoying the “Yogurt Pizza Dough” recipe in Nourishing Traditions (page 485), along with ideas for how else this dough can be used. Thanks, Lisa! Those are some mouth-watering pizzas. –Wardee
I have been wanting to try the Nourishing Traditions recipe for pizza dough (which is just an adjustment to the yogurt dough recipe). I thought it was interesting that the instructions for the recipe tell you to mix the yogurt, butter, flour and salt together the night before. I have heard that salt inhibits the breakdown of phytates, so I left the salt out of my dough at first. After it had soaked for about 18 hours I sprinkled the salt on top and worked it thoroughly into the dough with my hands.
Also important to note is that for pizza this dough requires 30 minutes in the oven before you put the toppings on, and then an additional 35 minutes in the oven with the toppings on! This is at lot longer than I am used to for homemade pizza, so I was not prepared for this. Since it was late and the family was hungry I tried to shortcut the cooking time by turning up the temperature. I turned the oven up to 375 degrees, but when we couldn't wait any longer to eat I took the pizza out and it was still soft enough that we had to use a fork to eat it.
Pictured above is our sausage and pepper pizza. The recipe makes enough dough for at least two pizzas, although it does shrink quite a bit. I had this one rolled out all the way, almost over the edge and it shrank back a good inch all around. The second pan we used was smaller so that was our “thick crust” pizza and you can see from the picture below just how buttery and soft that dough still was.
This dough is very rich (a half pound of butter in there)! It’s not what you would usually expect or think of for pizza. I think this dough would work well for making pastry shells, tarts or, if rolled thin enough, possibly a pie crust. Although I won’t be using it again for pizza, I think I will try it again sometime in a different way.
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