How to Make Greek Yogurt Pizza Dough + 14 Recipes to Make With It
Welcome to the wonderful world of baking with Greek yogurt. One of my go-to base for recipes is a Greek yogurt dough made from all purpose flour, fat free Greek yogurt, and a few extra goodies here and there. In the post below, I’ll show you how to make Greek yogurt pizza dough and several variations like buttermilk biscuits, how to troubleshoot problematic dough, and give you 14 recipes to make with this dough.
How to Make Greek Yogurt Pizza Dough
At its core, you’ll only need 3 ingredients to make this style of Greek yogurt dough:
- all purpose flour
- baking powder
- fat free Greek yogurt
To make the dough, simply mix the all purpose flour and baking powder together before adding the Greek yogurt and stirring to form a crumbly dough. You can mix it all together using just a fork, but you can also use a stand mixer or even a food processor. Though the non-fork options run the risk of overworking the dough and developing the gluten in the flour, which can lead to a chewy and flat finished product.
If all that sounds foreign to you, I think you’ll find the video below helpful. In it, I’ll walk you through the crust for the air fryer breakfast pizza that’s included in the recipe roundup below.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve included a handful of questions that commonly pop up in my recipes with Greek yogurt dough. They cover some troubleshooting topics and substitution questions. If you have more substitution questions, join my free Facebook group. There are more than 15,000 awesome home cooks in the group with all kinds of dietary needs. You’ll see all kinds of dairy free and gluten free spins on recipes there.
How is this different from 2 ingredient pizza dough?
If you’re unfamiliar with 2 ingredient dough, it’s a mixture of self rising flour and Greek yogurt. The acidity in the Greek yogurt reacts with the leavening agent in the self rising flour to create a rise in the crust or baked good you’re making. The only difference in my Greek yogurt pizza dough recipe is that I like to use all purpose flour instead of self rising and add my own leavening agent via baking powder.
This is my preferred method since I rarely use self rising flour for anything else and always have all purpose flour on hand. Not to mention, baking powder works best when it’s freshly opened.
All that said, the classic 2 ingredient combo works perfectly fine, and you’ll find a few recipes in the roundup below that don’t call for a leavening agent.
Can I use almond flour or another gluten free flour?
I’ve never had much luck with other types of flour like almond, coconut, or blends. But I have seen a ton of readers successfully use products like 1:1 gluten free baking flour for my pizza recipes. As the product’s name suggest, you’d use the exact same amount as all purpose flour if you’re substituting.
Why didn’t my Greek yogurt dough rise?
Overworking the dough is one of the most common culprits. Some dry flour should remain after mixing, and you can finish forming the dough with your hand.
Another potential issue might be baking powder that’s been sitting in your pantry for months. For best results, you’ll want to use baking powder that’s less than 3 months old (after opening).
And finally, if you’re using something like a biscuit cutter to cut your dough, make sure you’re not twisting the cutter. That could seal the edges of the dough and prevent rising as well.
Can I use other types of yogurt?
I wouldn’t recommend it. While you might be able to match the acidity for leavening action with another type of yogurt, the protein content in Greek yogurt helps create structure in the crust or baked good. That being said, I have seen others use dairy free options successfully. Search the Facebook group I mentioned above for lots of substitution notes.
What to Make with Greek Yogurt Dough
You’ll find 14 recipes from across my blog that use some form of this Greek yogurt dough. The list starts with pizza and bread twists but gets into other options like biscuits, chicken and dumplings, monkey bread, and more. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!