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How to make delicious pizza dough without yeast

Updated on August 28, 2011

Make Pizza dough without yeast

Pizza is one of the world’s favourite foods and is enjoyed by millions of people around the world every day. There are however those who for reasons of diet, allergies, or religion who are not able to eat traditional pizza due to the inclusion of yeast in most pizza dough recipes.

This is where a good recipe for pizza dough without yeast is a vital piece of knowledge.

The yeast in traditional pizza dough provides the gas that causes pizza dough to rise, giving the trademark air bubble in the baked crust. To achieve comparable pizza dough without yeast it is necessary to substitute the yeast for another ingredient, otherwise the dough would become thin, brittle and ‘biscuity’ in texture. In this case the yeast is replaced with baking soda.

Baking soda won’t impart the same taste as yeast however it will provide the much needed rise in the dough.

Making pizza dough without yeast has benefits beyond dietary or religious necessity. Creating pizza dough without yeast also requires a lot less time and effort.

Whereas traditional pizza dough requires time for the yeast to activate and ferment, pizza dough without yeast can be ready in a very short timeframe – perfect for occasions when unexpected guests drop by or for those times when you just simply “need pizza now!!”

Life is too short to miss out on pizza so hopefully this recipe for pizza dough without yeast will help those who would otherwise go without.

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Recipe for Pizza Dough without Yeast

This recipe for pizza dough without yeast can be adapted to suit your liking. The white flour can be substituted with half white and half whole wheat flour (100% whole wheat flour is also possible but I think it works better with half and half). The milk powder can also be replaced with skim milk powder, or with fresh milk.


  • 2 cups All purpose white flour
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/4 cup Powdered milk
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar

Before starting to prepare your pizza dough without yeast, preheat the oven as hot as you can (if you have a pizza stone then pre heat this as well – this will help ensure a crispy base. Mix the flour, salt, baking powder, powdered milk and sugar in a large bowl.

Add the water and olive oil to the mixture and gently combine these ingredients to form a ball of pizza dough. Try not to mix the dough too much as this can cause the dough to become hard and brittle.

Turn the dough out onto a surface dusted with flour and use your hand or rolling pin to gently work the dough into your desired shape. You can now move the dough to a pizza pan or pizza peel add your tomato sauce, cheese and favourite toppings.

To prevent the dough from sticking you can use a pizza peel to transfer the pizza to the oven and remove it when it is done.

Depending on the temperature of your oven, the thickness of your crust, and the toppings you have added, your pizza could take between 8 – 15 minutes to cook.

With a bit of practice, making pizza dough without yeast can be done in just a few minutes.

Buon Appetito!


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