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Horizontal head-on image of a ball of pizza dough in the foreground, with glass bowls of kefir and spelt flour in the middle distance, and a rolled out crust on a piece of parchment in soft focus in the background, on a dark blue-gray surface dusted with flour.

Kefir-Soaked Spelt Pizza Dough

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 9-inch pizza crusts 1x


Change up your normal routine when you make pizza at home with kefir-soaked spelt pizza dough. It’s totally worth the wait.


  • 2 1/2 cups white spelt flour, plus up to 1/2 cup more, as needed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 packet active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 cup plain milk kefir
  • 1/2 cup warm water


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together 2 1/2 cups spelt flour, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, yeast, and kefir. Add warm water, and stir until the dough starts to come together.
  2. Using your hands, knead dough in the bowl until it is smooth and no longer sticky or tacky, about 1-2 minutes. If it’s is too wet, add flour ¼ cup at a time until it comes together. Form into a ball.
  3. Place in a clean mixing bowl, and drizzle a little more olive oil on top. Roll the dough in oil to cover completely. Cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place for 1-2 hours to rise until doubled in size. Check on the dough after 1 hour, and if it hasn’t risen enough, check every 30 minutes until it’s ready.
  4. Split the dough in half, wrap tightly in plastic, and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  5. When you’re ready to bake, stretch each piece out onto parchment paper, flouring your hands and the dough as necessary, freeforming the dough into two crusts.
  6. Preheat your oven to 375˚F, and place pizza stones, pizza pans or baking sheets inside to preheat. Add topics of choice, transfer dough onto the pans right on the parchment, and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until crust has puffed and turned golden at the edges, cheese has melted, etc.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Pizza
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food

Keywords: pizza, spelt, kefir, spelt flour, pizza dough, pizza crust