'Desperation' (Yeast and Baking Powder-Free) Pizza – Recipe

When everyone went mad and started stockpiling food during the lockdown, baking supplies – including yeast and baking powder – were some of the first things to be cleared out. Being a keen home baker and cook I already had most of these things in my cupboard as standard, but I know a lot of people couldn't get their hands on these things. So, I decided to find out if you can make a pizza dough with no raising agents at all. Hence 'desperation pizza': it's a pizza recipe for when your resources are limited but you're desperate for a pizza.

Yeastless pizza dough exists, but it's often substituted with baking powder. So I found some recipes online that use baking powder instead, but removed it and changed the preparation process a little.

The key differences in preparing this dough are 1) don't overwork the dough so it doesn't become tough, 2) roll it out thinly to get a nice, crisp base when it bakes, and 3) don't overload the dough with lots of wet ingredients. Follow these steps and yes, you can make pizza dough without any raising agents.

You can also watch me make this on YouTube (first quick video above, more detailed video below):

Ready? Let's go.

Ingredients for Dough:

160g plain flour
1/3 tsp salt
120ml milk
2 tbsp olive oil

Ingredients for Tomato Sauce:

200g chopped tomatoes (fresh or tinned)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder

Ingredients for Toppings:

Whatever you like! I baked my pizza with mozzarella (sliced and drained on kitchen paper before using), basil leaves and beef chorizo, and then topped the finished item with a whole burrata.


1.  Preheat the oven to 190°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

2. Mix all the dough ingredients together into a bowl, stopping just as everything's combined and not overworking it. Tip it onto a floured surface, shape it into a ball and cover while you make the sauce.

3. Simmer the tomatoes, garlic and onion powder in a small pan until reduced down to a thick purée. Leave to cool for about 10 minutes.

4. Roll the dough out thinly on a lightly-floured surface and transfer to your prepared baking sheet. Spread with your tomato sauce, followed by your chosen toppings, and bake for 20–25 minutes, or until bubbling and golden.

Here's the one I made in the future✨ (2022):

Enjoy, have fun – and stay safe.


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