Recipe, National Pizza Day

Pizza With Tasty Sourdough Makes an Easy Artisan Crust

Bake it in a woodfired pizza oven or your home oven.

Patricia Davis
7 min readFeb 9, 2022


My homemade pizza bakes on a stone in my oven.
My homemade pizza baked on a stone in my oven. Photo by Patricia J. Davis.

Happy National Pizza Day!

When we first moved into our house, our neighborhood was active. Children ran from door to door collecting their friends for Nerf battles and water gun fights. Parents sat outside and watched their children, sharing an adult version of child’s play.

One of my neighbors, Sue Groffie, inspired me with her multiple talents. Every New Year’s Eve, Sue threw the best adult party. She is very artistic and crafty. In fact, I commissioned her to create this watercolor of the Writer’s Museum in Edinburgh.

We socialized during yard sales and block parties, and she shared some great recipes that I have used frequently throughout the years. Her pizza dough recipe became a favorite at my son’s birthday parties. The guests would each get a small ball of dough to toss, top and bake.

During the pandemic, yeast was nowhere to be found on store shelves. Canned pizza crust couldn’t be bought either. I adapted her delicious pizza dough recipe to use sourdough starter. I thought I would share it just in time for National Pizza Day, today, February 9.

Don’t have a sourdough starter, begin yours here.

Create a poolish mixture

A poolish mixture is highly active starter that ensures that my bread is perfect every time. When I make a loaf of sourdough bread, there is always leftover poolish mixture. I don’t want it to go to waste, so I make other recipes like my honey-oatmeal bread, cinnamon rolls or this pizza crust.

Before you make the poolish mixture, complete a discard and feed of your established sourdough starter. Discard half and save to make crackers or cookies. Feed the remaining starter with 75 grams of distilled water and 75 grams of all-purpose flour. Let your fed starter sit for an hour…



Patricia Davis

Pat blogs about food, sustainability, and living simply. Sourdough is a particular passion. She also writes historical fiction with social justice themes.

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