How to make a deep pan pizza base without yeast

Updated June 18, 2018

Pizza is typically made with a simple yeast dough, similar to a basic bread recipe but with a small amount of fat added to help the dough stretch easily. This isn't difficult to make at home but, at times, you may need to use a recipe that doesn't require yeast. Perhaps there is no usable yeast in the house or a dinner guest is on a yeast-restricted diet. You can use baking-powder an alternative for making a pizza base.

Spray a deep-dish pizza pan with pan spray or oil it lightly. Preheat the oven to 205 degrees C (400F).

Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the first 125 ml (1/2 cup) of water and the oil or melted butter, and mix until the ingredients come together to form a dough. Use more water if it is dry and stiff, or more flour if it is wet and sticky.

Turn the dough out on to a floured counter and knead for three to four minutes, until it is smooth and pliable. Let the dough rest for five minutes before continuing.

Roll or pat the dough into a thin round large enough to line the deep pizza pan. Spread it with tomato sauce and add the toppings.

Bake the pizza until it's done -- usually 20 to 25 minutes depending on the thickness of the toppings and cheese.

Things You'll Need

  • Deep-dish pizza pan
  • Pan spray or vegetable oil
  • 500 ml (2 cups) flour
  • 7 ml (1/2 tbsp) salt
  • 15 m (1 tbsp) baking powder
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) olive oil or melted butter
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) water
  • Tomato sauce
  • Pizza toppings
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About the Author

Fred Decker is a trained chef and certified food-safety trainer. Decker wrote for the Saint John, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, and has been published in Canada's Hospitality and Foodservice magazine. He's held positions selling computers, insurance and mutual funds, and was educated at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.