Sourdough And Masa Harina Cornmeal Pizza Crust – Made With Fully Fermented Sourdough Starter And Traditionally Soaked Masa Harina


This sourdough and masa harina cornmeal crust is made with soaked grains and easy enough for a busy weeknight!


You Know By Now That I’m All About The Soaked Grains

This sourdough and masa harina cornmeal pizza crust is no exception. This easy crust comes together in a matter of minutes so it’s perfect for those busy weeknights when you don’t have time to prepare a fermented sourdough crust in advance. And the crust is made with fully fermented sourdough starter discard and traditionally prepared masa harina so it’s super easy on digestion and delivers all the nutrients that only soaked grains can.


A perfect slice of Sourdough and Masa Harina Cornmeal pizza crust.


Thin And Crispy, Strong And Stable

Go ahead and load up on the toppings, this crust can handle it. Nobody likes a floppy, soggy pizza. This crust is a workhorse and will hold all your favorite toppings. As you can see I didn’t shy away from sauce, extra cheese, steak, peppers and tomatoes. Even after all those toppings the crust stays tender with a crispy edge.


Let’s Look At The Process


Rolling the sourdough and masa harina cornmeal crust between two pieces of parchment paper.


The dough is easily rolled between two sheets of parchment paper.


Fitting the sourdough and masa harina cornmeal crust into a pizza pan and docking the crust before baking.


Leave the bottom parchment on and easily slide the crust into a pizza pan. Par-bake the crust for 15 minutes.


Plenty of freshly grated mozzarella on a sourdough and masa harina cornmeal crust.


Top the crust with all your favorite pizza ingredients. And bake it for 15 more minutes.


A sourdough and masa harina cornmeal pizza crust topped to perfection with steak, peppers and tomatoes.


Oolala, doesn’t that look good!


The Difference Between Cornmeal And Masa Harina

Cornmeal is just dried corn that has been ground. Masa harina is corn that has been dried and then soaked in lime water (from limestone, lye or ash) dried again and then ground. This process is called Nixtamalization. According to the study Nixtamalization, a Mesoamerican technology to process maize at small-scale with great potential for improving the nutritional quality of maize based foodsWacher Carmen, (2003) these extra steps are the traditional preparation of maize and help to make the nutrients in corn more available while reducing phytic acid and mycotoxins.

This is why I choose traditionally prepared masa harina cornmeal over conventional cornmeal, polenta or corn flour.



A thin and crispy, traditionally prepared, soaked grain pizza crust perfect for a busy weeknight.


Get The Recipe For My Sourdough And Masa Harina Cornmeal Pizza Crust Right Now
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A sourdough and masa harina cornmeal pizza crust topped to perfection with steak, peppers and tomatoes.
Sourdough And Cornmeal Pizza Crust
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

A perfect pizza crust that comes together in minutes and is made with traditionally fermented and soaked grains for better digestion and overall health!

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Traditional
Keyword: Crust, Easy, Fermented, Pizza, Real Food, Soaked
Servings: 4
Author: Butter For All
  • 2 Cups Masa Harina 250g
  • 1 Cup Sourdough Discard 250g at 100% hydration
  • 1 Cup Water 225g
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt 7g
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil 60g
  1. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together to form a soft dough. Let the dough rest for 5-10 minutes.

  2. Preheat you oven to 350°.

  3. Pat the dough into a disk and set it aside.

  4. Cut two pieces of parchment paper to fit your baking pan or pizza pan.

  5. Place the dough disk between the parchment sheets and roll the dough out to 1/2-3/4 inch thick. If you're using a pizza pan roll a circle, if you are using a baking sheet roll a rectangle.

  6. Remove the top parchment and slide the bottom parchment with the dough onto your baking sheet. If the dough overhangs the pan you can cut it off for a clean edge. 

  7. Using a fork, dock the dough to keep it from bubbling up in the oven while baking.

  8. Par-bake the crust without any toppings for 15 minutes.

  9. While the crust is baking prepare your toppings.

  10. Remove the crust from the oven and set it aside.

  11. Increase the oven's heat to 450°.

  12. Spread the pizza with sauce, cheese and favorite meat and veggie toppings. 

  13. Return the pizza to the oven and continue baking for 15 more minutes.

  14. Once the pizza is bubbly and brown, remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly before cutting it into slices. 

  15. Serve the pizza hot and enjoy!

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    • Hi Bettie,

      This is such a great question and leads me to believe that my title might be confusing. I appreciate you brining it to my attention!!!

      When I refer to traditionally prepared grains (in this case masa) I am referring to the fact that they have been prepared and treated with one of the time honored techniques of soaking, souring or sprouting! In the case of masa it has undergone a soaking process making the vitamins and minerals in the corn more bioavailable. Most masa on the market is soaked in the traditional way, through a process called nixtamalization. So really the title should read “traditionally prepared corn meal” aka masa! I hope this helps!

      I have yet to find a masa that I love, but I typically opt for the organic and versatile Bob’s Red Mill brand. That is what I have been using for these recipes.

      I just found out about a company in Corvallis Oregon (Three Sisters), who is making fresh masa. And I was recently made aware that a favorite local company (Hummingbird Wholesale) may be carrying a different organic brand of dry masa flour. I will be looking into that asap! And if this masa meets or exceeds my standards I will certainly come back and share the name with you!!!

      Thanks for visiting my site and I hope you enjoy the recipe!


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