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Testing Pinterest Finds: Simple Probiotic Pizza Crust

Posted by: Ursula Zamora on Friday, December 07, 2012

As a busy wife, mother and Garden of Life employee,  some days there isn’t  enough time to  deal with yeast and all that goes with making a pizza crust.  My oldest son looooves pizza so the only easy options are takeout or frozen pizza for something easy.  Again, Pinterest came to the rescue with this easy, tasty-and did I mention EASY-pizza crust from Kidspot.com.

It seriously could not get any easier than combining one cup of self-rising flour and one cup of plain Greek yogurt into a dough. 

THAT’S IT!

Not being gluten free, I’m not sure if there is a way to make a self-rising flour with alternative flours, so if you are gluten free and you know if you can make a self-rising GF crust, please let us know in the comments!  And you can choose any Greek yogurt you’d like, and what’s great is that plain Greek yogurt has so many beneficial probiotics and a high protein content, making this a dough that you can feel good about eating.

The original recipe does not call to let it rise, but I took about 30-45 minutes to let the dough rise a bit.   I kneaded the dough with a bit more flour for dusting and rolled it out to fit my pizza stone. 


My oldest son has a new found love of sautéed mushrooms, so I sautéed and caramelized some portabella and moonlight mushrooms in a bit of butter and olive oil until both sides were golden, with a sprinkle of sea salt and a sprig of fresh rosemary.   Towards the end of the sauté, I added sliced garlic and another sprinkle of sea salt and let the flavors come together for another few minutes.  Pull the sprig of rosemary and let it cool just a bit.  In the mean time you can spread your sauce-either a red sauce or you can use a béchamel or alfredo type of sauce-spread your mushroom mixture then we sprinkled it with Monterrey Jack cheese.

We baked it at 375F for about 15 minutes or until the top is golden and the bottom of the crust can be lifted without drooping in the center.

Slice and eat!

The best part of the whole meal was how it seemed to make my boys extra happy with each other. This crust brought a little extra love out of them!



You can play with flavoring the crust with some crushed herbs or a garlic salt. In the end you get a pretty bready, springy crust that has a sourdough like quality and flavor which I personally like.

You can also use this dough to make breadsticks, maybe a baked pretzel or even little dinner rolls. There are so many fun things that you can do with it! I can’t wait to continue experimenting with this easy dough to see what we can come up with.

Comments

Desiree commented on Friday, December 07, 2012
I don't believe the probiotic cultures survive the heat of the oven for that long...still sounds like it would have a nice flavor though.

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