Sourdough Einkorn Pizza Crust Recipe

As the deadline for the Nourished Kitchen Cookbook draws closer and closer (only a few more days until I turn in the manuscript), we’ve been relying more and more on quick meals at home.  Sure we make plenty of soups and stews as they’re blessedly easy and quick, but my favorite meal has been a simple sourdough einkorn pizza.

I’ve been testing recipes not only for the cookbook, but also for our upcoming trip to Tuscany – where we’ll settle in with several Nourished Kitchen readers for a beautiful, culinary adventure visting markets, farms and cooking up a stunning array of sumptuous local, traditional foods.   And this simple einkorn pizza is on the list, only we’ll bake in a wood-fired oven and serve it with good Tuscan wine, and local charcuterie (you can see the full list of workshops here).

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My family is so looking forward to the trip over to Italy, to seeing the local markets, visiting regional farms, and connecting with good people in good time.  I’ve posted about the trip before, but I wanted to give you a gentle nudge to let you know that there’s only 5 spots remaining.  It’s a very special getaway, and though we may be sipping wine, and eating under the sweet Tuscan evenings, it is also a very family-friendly, real food vacation.

You’ll stay in an 18th century Tuscan villa, and your first evening will feature traditional Lucchese cooking catered by a local chef.  I’ll teach you three workshops on traditional cooking, and we’ll all prepare supper together on the final night.  Our getaway will also include farm visits, and there’s plenty of free time to explore the countryside.  And, yes, children are welcome – there’s even a sitter for hire if you need one.   Click here for more information or to book.

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Sourdough Einkorn Pizza

One of the many foods we’ll prepare on our little getaway will be Sourdough Einkorn Pizza, and if you can’t make the getaway, you can certainly prepare it at home.  You simply need a lively sourdough starter (follow this tutorial), einkorn flour (you can get that here), good olive oil and a smattering of herbs and spices.

Sourdough Einkorn Pizza Dough

Prep Time: 12 hours

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 Pizza Crusts

Sourdough Einkorn Pizza Dough

This simple sourdough einkorn pizza crust is easy to make, and flavored with olive oil, herbs and crushed red pepper.


  • 6 cups high-extraction einkorn flour (find it here), plus extra to work the dough
  • 2 teaspoons unrefined sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil (Find it here)
  • 1/4 cup Sourdough Starter (Learn how to make it here)
  • Pizza toppings, as you like them


  1. Dump the flour into a large mixing bowl, and whisk in the salt, oregano, basil, and crushed red pepper flakes until they're evenly distributed in the flour. Form a well in the center of the flour, and pour in the olive oil, sourdough starter and 1 1/2 cups water. Mix it together by hand to make a shaggy dough, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let it sit on your kitchen counter until doubled in bulk, about 12 hours.
  2. Flour your working surface, then scrape the dough out of the bowl and onto your floured surface. Knead the dough for 10 minutes or so, incorporating just enough flour to make the dough workable. Form it into a ball, then cover it with a large bowl, and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Heat the oven to 425 F.
  4. Separate the dough into 2 balls. Roll them out onto a baking sheet or baking stone until 1/4 inch thick. Then bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the crusts from the oven, top with your favorite sauce, toppings, cheeses and herbs. Return to the oven and bake a further 10 to 12 minutes, or until toppings are done to your liking. Slice and serve.


You may freeze the dough after step #3, thaw it and continue working at step #4 for an easy, no-fuss supper.

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    • Jenny says

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  1. Sandy says

    I’m wondering why the 1 1/2 cups of water is not in the list of ingredients? I’ve been looking for a good pizza crust recipe so cannot wait to try this one.

      • MaddyG says

        I love the new book, it is a TREASURE trove! This recipe looks amazing as well but I wanted to just add that I have about a dozen cookbooks and they all list every single ingredient in the list, even water. It makes it easier for prepping and if left out can be a tad confusing.

    • Jenny says

      High extraction flour is whole grain flour that has been sifted multiple times to remove some of the bran, the resulting flour contains about 20% of its natural bran.

      • Lora says

        Can another flour be subbed in this recipe? $90 for 20 pounds of flour is a bit steep for my budget … that’s a wee’s worth of groceries! Blogging must be VERY lucrative!

        • Amanda says

          Einkorn can be bought for much better prices through food co-ops or natural food stores. I pay $58.00 for a case of 10 32oz pkgs at my food co-op.

  2. Jamie says

    This pizza looks so good! Any idea what amount of gluten is contained in a recipe like this? I know sourdough is and eincorn are both naturally lower than conventional flour. My daughter and I both have gluten sensitivities so I don’t know how well we could tolerate it but I am very tempted to try!

  3. says

    I love learning about new healthy foods, and this recipe with einkorn flour looks not only delicious, but especially nutritious. I have somehow missed hearing about einkorn flour, and need to get some and try it out. Wish I could join you in Italy, wow! Does that sound like an exciting trip.

  4. Leah G says

    Please help.. I’ve made your challah bread and we love it. Just put this together and I am very confused. It is sooooo dry. I dont see how I will ever be able to roll it out. Is there really only 1/4 c starter and 1 1/2 c water for liquid? Thanks.

        • Leah G says

          mystery solved….My Husband admitted to dumping spelt into my Einkorn bin so its a mixture. Wow. major difference. I just rolled it out and although it did not really double it seems to be ok. I am sure it will taste lovely. Thank you for getting back to me.

  5. Susan says

    Hello Jenny& Everyone! I made the Sourdough starter and the Pizza….what a difference to the usual shop bought yeast, I’m never going back there again! Nor will I ever buy Coconut milk again!! Thank you Jenny X Susan!

  6. Lisa says

    If you want to make this for dinner and it needs a 12 hour rise, I am wondering how to do this without starting it at 4 or 5am…..could you start it the night before, say at 9pm, then at 9am put it in the refrigerator until the time to prepare it for dinner arrives? (Giving it time to come to room temperature if necessary….)
    thanks so much!

  7. Krsitin says

    If I use white flour instead of einkorn should I kneed it for 10 min? I imagine it changes a lot about the recipe to use a different flour…

  8. Rita Ladany says

    Jenny, I purchased einkorn berries that I sprouted, dried and milled would that be ok for the high-extraction einkorn flour? What make flour high extraction?

  9. Holly says

    Hi Jenny,
    Like Lisa, I too am wondering if you could start this dough the night before and put it in the fridge In the morning , then pull it back out when I’m ready to bake in the afternoon? I’m new to sourdough so I’d love your advice. Love your book and the blog!

  10. Kaitlyn says

    I appreciate your sourdough einkorn recipes, Jenny! You are such a talented cook! I’m very new to sourdough, or any dough for that matter, so I attribute all my challenges with this recipe to ME, not you. We made this tonight but I had a really hard time kneading, as the dough was so wet and sticky. (As a newbie, it’d be helpful to know generally how much extra flour that is needed to make the dough “workable.” I was scared to add too much, but maybe I could have been more liberal if I had a rough estimate to work from.) Also, our crusts weren’t cooked through all the way, so next time I’ll need to increase the initial bake time. Thanks for sharing your recipe though!!

  11. Amanda says

    I am wondering what the correct texture of this dough would be after the mixing? Should it be smooth and dense? Coarse and crumbly? When I had finished mixing it was coarse and crumbly so I added a bit more water and starter and now it is smooth and dense. Wondering if I should add a touch more water? What is generally your texture? It did wipe the sides of the bowl clean while mixing, I always count that as a good sign, no?

  12. Karen says

    We love having these on hand, ready for a quick meal. I make a half recipe, roll them into 4 crusts that will each fit into a gallon-sized ziplock freezer bag, bake, cool, and freeze. When ready to use, just remove one from the freezer, put on the toppings, bake and enjoy!

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