Updated: Jan 24
Last week we celebrated Bindi's 4th birthday. In previous years I've baked cakes, made frozen layered creations, or created fun enrichment stuffers to commemorate her year. This year however, I wanted - no, I KNEADED - to do something a bit different (see what I did there?).
I had my lightbulb moment as we created our own pizzas for dinner one night. Joe and I were gifted a Solo Stove PI Oven in November, and we've been absolutely floored with how wonderfully it works. As a result, we've been using it at least once a week for ourselves and our friends. Suddenly it hit me - Why don't we make Bindi a dog safe pizza?!
And thus, Bindi's Birthday Pizza Party was created!
The star of the show here is the two ingredient dough, which is super easy to make. The secret ingredient? GREEK YOGURT. Yes, Greek Yogurt! The basis of this recipe is actually an old Weight Watchers recipe (who would've thought?!).
Recipe for the Dog Friendly Dough:
1 cup nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
1 cup whole wheat flour (or all purpose unbleached flour )
1 tsp cornmeal (for dusting)
Dog Friendly Ingredient Options
Plain tomato sauce (no onion or garlic ingredients)
Sardines (canned, packed in water)
Mix your plain Greek yogurt in with the flour until the dough comes together. Using your hands, shape the dough into a soft ball. Note: We found that this dough was stickier than your average pizza dough, even with some additional flour.
Place your dough ball on a floured surface and roll with a rolling pin (we found this the best way with this dough's dense consistency).
If using a pizza oven, add your toppings of choice. If using a standard oven, please scroll down to the "Baking In a Standard Oven" instructions below.
Once your dough is ready, dust your pizza peel with cornmeal and place your dough on top (this will prevent sticking)*. Now you're ready to cook! * If you're baking in the oven, I find the easiest way is to place the dough on parchment paper prior to placing on your pan.
Baking In the Solo Stove PI Oven (Or any pizza oven you might have!):
NOTE: We found that the best way to cook this was on a lower heat setting since the dough is more wet/sticky. Regular pizza dough does best in the PI when the stone comes up to 650 degrees, but we found that we had to bring it down a bit due to the density of this dough.
- Turn on your Solo Stove and wait until your stones reach about 350 degrees.
- Using your pizza peel, place your pizza in the PI oven.
- Once the pizza is in the oven, don't go anywhere! Continuously turn the pizza to ensure it gets cooked evenly (about 15-20* minutes).
* This may range depending on your Pizza oven. Remember: If your dough isn't "perfect", your dog isn't going to mind very much!
Baking In a Standard Oven:
Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Place your rolled dough onto a sheet pan covered with parchment paper.
- Bake the dough until bottom is golden, about 15 minutes (without toppings first!).
- Remove the crust from the oven and top your pizza as desired. Bake until toppings are to your liking, about 5–10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let rest for about 5 minutes. Slice and enjoy!