Pizza with homemade dough

When your special needs son says he wants to learn to make pizza, you think “Ok, I can see where that’s coming from.” When he qualifies it with

“… and I want to make my own dough”,

your mind begins to spin. So in designing this recipe, here are my beliefs:

The KidCooks (and other special needs cooks)

  • will most likely not have yeast as a pantry item.
  • do not have the patience and will not plan ahead for dough to rise.
  • need a foolproof method (yeast dough can be finicky and requires some intuition).
  • will only have simple tools so my recipe that uses a food processor is not an option.

I will be upfront: this dough is more “biscuity” or even “crackery” depending on how thin it gets spread. But after experimentation, we have come to this and they really like it … and they LOVE that they can make their own pizza easily!

Pizza (with homemade dough)                                                                         Serves 4

Serves 4


Rimmed Baking Sheet or Pizza Pan

Large mixing bowl

Large mixing spoon and whisk


  • Pizza toppings
    • 4 Tablespoons tomato sauce
    • 1 + ½ cup shredded cheese
    • Other toppings (for example: pepperoni and/or vegetables), if you want
  • 1 Tablespoon All-Purpose Flour
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 6 Tablespoons oil (olive or vegetable)
  • In large mixing bowl, place:
    • 2 cups All-Purpose flour (different from flour above)
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


1.     Preheat oven to 425°

2.     Scatter the 1 Tablespoon flour on baking sheet

pizza wo yeast (3)

3.     Whisk large bowl mixture

4.     Add water and oil to bowl and mix with spoon to make a dough

pizza wo yeast (1)

5.     Set timer for 3 minutes. During timer, fold or knead dough in bowl over and over to make smooth ball.

pizza wo yeast (2)
This dough comes together easily; But 3 minutes should allow the all people enough time to make sure it is complete.

6.     Press out dough on baking pan until 12 inches across.

pizza wo yeast (4)

7.     Pour on sauce and spread evenly.

8.     Spread other toppings on pizza.

9.     Bake for 20 minutes.

10.   Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Turn oven off.

Pizza test #2

11.   Slice and serve.

Adapted from

pdf version of recipe >> Pizza without yeast

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