Fantasy Pizzascapes

We had a friend over for dinner last night and Tina wanted to try out a new pizza dough recipe. Instead of using yeast and letting the dough rise, you just substitute beer for the water (more or less). We didn’t have any tomato sauce or mozzarella in the house, so we just used some halved cherry tomatoes and the rest of the jack cheese I got on sale a few days ago. We thereby produced the following:


There you have a veggie sausage and pepper with the cherry tomatoes, as well as a homemade pesto (arugula, almonds, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon juice, and olive oil) pizza with roasted yellow squash and red onions.

We also tried a zataar pizza with a couple eggs cracked over the top. The problem was that without the wet veggies on top of the crust, it got a little over-crispy. Nevertheless:



The crust worked out great, and the best part is that when you use the one beer for the crust, the rest of the six pack is available for good ol’ fashioned drinkin’.


2 Comments on “Fantasy Pizzascapes”

  1. Lily says:

    okay, the beer is just for flavor, which is a great idea, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the rising, that’s purely from the baking soda.

    adding some salt and olive oil could probably improve the flavor a bit too, if one was inclined.

    having said that, I’m wayyyy glad you posted this, cause I can’t eat yeast breads and I really really really miss pizza.

    and yummmm on the zatar pizza idea. I miss the zatar covered giant pitas we used to get at the Lebanese cafe in Portland, too.

    I have half a beer, flour, baking soda, and totally non-pizza appropriate cheeses in the house right now, and the heat wave just broke so I can bake!

    Thank you!

  2. thanks for this tip! my boyf was actually reminiscing today about how much he loves making beer bread because it’s so much easier without the yeast – but I would have never thought of trying the same formula for pizza. i am going to get him to make this for me sometime soon!

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