I have a friend who is allergic to yeast so I'm looking for a way to make a pizza dough with baking powder instead of it. Should I add a bit of lemon juice to counteract the baking soda?

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    Chickpea (garbanzo bean flour) Crust Pizza might be a suitable answer here: foodnetwork.com/recipes/chickpea-crust-pizza-3414814 No yeast, no baking soda needed. I've made it. It's reasonably good. Nov 1, 2017 at 20:47
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    As an alternative, there are quite a number of traditional Italian flatbreads which contain no yeast or baking soda ... the just rely on blistering of the dough. The cookbook "Savory Baking of the Meditteranean" has a couple recipes for these.
    – FuzzyChef
    Nov 2, 2017 at 21:34

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You can make yeast free pizza base using baking powder, it will be a bit crumbly, but it works fine. You could use baking soda, but then as you state you need acid to react with it. Using lemon juice is an option but I would recommend against it as you don't know the exact amount of acidity you'll get and your crust will taste lemony which you don't want. Go get some baking powder instead and use about 3/4 tsp of powder per cup of flour.

You'll want to knead your dough to develop the gluten, otherwise the base will just fall apart.

  • The problem is that I can't find baking powder here.I've found something with : E 450, E 500, Reismehl, Maisstärke.
    – maugch
    Nov 1, 2017 at 11:33
  • Where are you @maugch?
    – GdD
    Nov 1, 2017 at 11:34
  • I should also add that the person I mentioned gave me the baking soda, so I don't really want to give it back and say that's better to throw it away.
    – maugch
    Nov 1, 2017 at 11:34
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    @maugch should be available in every supermarket, typically in the „baking ingredients“ isle. You want to search for „Backpulver“ and note that it is usually sold in little sachets, often as a pack of five or so. The „name brands are for example „Dr. Oetker“ or „Ruf“, but there are often also store brands available, e.g. Aldi will probably sell only its own brand.
    – Stephie
    Nov 1, 2017 at 12:10
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    +1. My daughter and I made some mini pizzas from a recipe in a kids' book that turned out to use a soda-bread base and they worked very well. They didn't seem crumbly. 200g flour, 2tsp baking powder, 1tbsp olive oil, 120ml water kneaded for 2 mins and rolled to 5mm. I was out of baking powder at the time and made some up from baking soda (1/3) and cream of tartar (2/3).
    – Chris H
    Nov 1, 2017 at 21:54

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