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Thea Voula's pizza

A lovely thinnish crust pizza with a spicy kick!

If you have been following us on Instagram you may remember the saga of the lost pizza recipe.  Okay, perhaps it was less saga than a panicked hiccup in our posting plans, but in these Instagram stories, the one of us responsible for writing up recipes shared that she had somehow misplaced the recipe for Thea Voula’s pizza.  This admission of scatter-brain-ness was in part meant to convey relate-ability (hey…we’re ALL human!) and in part to let the other one of us know that the story had gone public, and that any sisterly retaliation could possibly go public too.  Not that this was a real concern…really.

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Happily, as recipe-writing sister prayed predicted, the recipe turned up about a week later, totally not where it should have been.  And what a happy discovery that was, because Thea Voula’s pizza recipe is one which is worth having, saving and sharing with all of you.
Thea Voula's pizza
You may remember Thea Voula from her cheesecake fame.  She is one of our mother’s  younger sisters, and her only sibling living in Canada.  Thankfully they are close, both in distance and in cooking abilities.  Just like our parents have their own culinary specialities, so does our Aunt, and her pizza is definitely one of them.  Whenever there is a big family gathering two questions seem to permeate most conversations before dinner.  The first, of course, is “Did Thea make her cheesecake?” (dessert trumps food always) and the second is “Did Thea make her pizza?”  Unlike our parent’s pizza which has a bread-y dough (delicious), our Thea Voula’s pizza has a thinner, crispier crust (delicious).  It’s always a treat when both sisters decide to each make pizza for these large family meals, and to watch them watch the rest of us as we line up in the kitchen to serve ourselves from the buffet which is laid out.  The smart diners amongst us each take 2 slices of pizza, and love them both equally.  The less informed (think, new boyfriends, new friends, oblivious children) may start to say that they prefer one over the other.  That’s when the peace-keepers amongst us stuff a piece of pizza into their mouths and usher them into a corner where we can explain that both pizzas are our absolute favourites…ALL of ours.
Helpful hints
Our Aunt Voula believes that if you are going to go through the trouble of making pizza dough…then make pizza dough.  So, the recipe for the dough which follows actually makes enough for 4 large pizzas.  If you are going to make 4 pizzas (we expect we’ll be invited to the party), great.  If not, freeze the dough you will not be using for a quick dinner or lunch at another time.
The toppings listed are enough for one large pizza.  Double, triple, or quadruple according to your needs and appetite.
One of the other things that makes our Thea Voula’s pizza unique is that she always tops it with spicy marinated peppers.  This gives a tangy, hot zing to her pizza that is really quite delicious.  You can of course omit this topping, but we strongly suggest you give it a try.
Pizza toppings are really up to you; we have listed the common toppings which Thea Voula puts on her pizzas, but you can omit a few or add a few.  What is important however is that the cheese goes on last, just like with our parent’s pizza.  This is a great way to keep all the great gems of ingredients hidden, like a surprise!
Thea Voula's pizza
Thea Voula's pizza
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Thea Voula’s pizza

A lovely thinnish crust pizza with a spicy kick, from our Aunt Voula
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Rising time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 55 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Homemade pizza, Pizza, Pizza and toppings, Pizza crust, Pizza dough, Spicy pizza, Thea Voula
Servings: 4 pizza dough
Author: Mia Kouppa


For the dough

  • 3 3/4 teaspoons (12 grams) Instant dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) warm water
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup (430 mL) water
  • 3 eggs large
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) Ginger Ale
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) olive oil
  • 8 cups (1200 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup (50-75 grams) all purpose flour if needed
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) olive oil

For the toppings (for each pizza)

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) pizza sauce
  • 100 grams sliced pepperoni
  • 1/4 cup pickled hot peppers optional
  • 1 red or green bell pepper slivered
  • 227 grams white mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cups (180 grams) grated mozzarella cheese


For the dough:

  • In a small bowl combine the instant dry yeast, the 1/4 cup warm water and the sugar. Set aside for approximately 5 minutes until you see bubbles forming on the surface.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the 1 3/4 cup water, the eggs, the ginger ale, the salt, olive oil, and 8 cups of all purpose flour. Mix well by hand and then pour in the yeast mixture. Knead the dough by hand for approximately 7 – 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can always knead the dough in a stand mixer, using the bread hook attachment, but start kneading it by hand first, for a head start.  Add more flour as required to create a not too sticky, and not too stiff dough. The dough shouldn't be sticking to the side of your bowl. You might have to add up to 1/2 cup (75 grams) extra flour. See video here.  Add the 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the dough and mix until combined.  Will look and feel greasy.  Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel. Allow to rise in a draft free place for 60 minutes.
  • This is enough dough for 4 large pizzas. Divide the dough into 4, (it should be approximately 500-550 grams, per dough) and use only the dough you need. You can wrap the rest of the dough in plastic wrap, place in a freezer bag and store in the freezer for another day. If you prefer to divide the dough into 3 pizzas, each dough should weigh approximately 700-750 grams.
  • Roll out the pizza dough until it is about 1/2 an inch thick. Place it onto an olive oil greased pizza pan.  
  • Top the dough with pizza sauce, and then the rest of the ingredients, finishing with the cheese.
  • Bake in a 425 degree Farenheit preheated oven for 20 – 25 minutes.
  • Enjoy!


This recipe makes enough dough for 4 large pizzas.  If you will not be using all of the dough at once, you simply portion it out before the rising period, or you can portion it out after it has risen.  Any dough you would like to keep for future can be wrapped in plastic wrap, placed in a freezer bag and saved for another day.  To use your frozen dough, simply remove it from the plastic bag and wrap, place in a large bowl and allow to defrost and rise for an hour or so..

11 responses to “Thea Voula’s pizza”

  1. tastyrecipesfrompooja Avatar

    Wow! That’s yum!

    1. miakouppa Avatar

      Thank you! It really is a great pizza pie!

      1. tastyrecipesfrompooja Avatar

        Welcome 😊

  2. lillyevechristie Avatar

    I could eat that entire thing, looks delish!!

    1. miakouppa Avatar

      Thanks!! It’s easy to eat a whole pizza when it’s this good! 🙂 🙂

  3. Nick @ Avatar

    Greek pizza is delicious and has a special quality to it. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! It looks like it came straight out of a Greek pizza shop!

    1. miakouppa Avatar

      Thank you so much Nick! Really appreciate it. It certainly is a delicious pizza 😉

  4. Megala Avatar

    Love your aunt’s delicious pizza! It looks so beautiful.

    1. miakouppa Avatar

      Thank you so much! We love our aunt..and her pizza 😉

  5. Helen Avatar

    I just made your Thea Voula’s Pizza and it is delicious. My family wolfed it down and asked me to make it again for supper tonight. The dough isn’t too thick and I made my own pizza sauce. It held the toppings very well. It is crispy on the the bottom and well cooked. Thanks for giving us this reference to great Greek recipes it reminds me of growing up with my Mom, Dad and close relatives. The fun we all had together.

    1. miakouppa Avatar

      Helen your comment has warmed our hearts! First, how happy we are that your family enjoyed our Thea Voula’s pizza…it is so great isn’t it! And we’re thrilled that your posts and recipes remind you of happy family times! We hope you find many recipes to try and enjoy with your family. Be well.

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