Make Your Own Whole Wheat Pizza

by zesty on August 21, 2012 · 49 comments

Ever feel like Pizza but do not want to leave the house or order delivery?  It happens to me the odd time.  There are not a lot of great pizza joints around here other than  – what I call the prefab chain pizza stores that really don’t taste the best.

Every time I travel or am on vacation I order pizza.  I always try the mom and pop joints as the dough is usually homemade and not laced with preservatives.  I love when the sauce is not oozing out the sides and the toppings do not weigh 3 lbs.

Usually take out pizza is heavy on the salt but if you make it at home and use real” ingredients you are in full control.

So lately I have been experimenting with some homemade dough to kick things up a notch.  This dough recipe comes from Everyday Food by Martha Stewart.  I really enjoyed this recipe as it turned out really well.  For me pizza is all about the crust!  Toppings are good but I am a huge fan when it’s light on the toppings and sauce but heavy on the crust.

If you are interested in a new whole wheat pizza dough, I highly recommend this recipe.  It is very simple and produces a great texture.  I opted for a thin crust and left the pizza on the stone for a little crunch.  YUM!

 

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 1/2 Cups Warm Water
  • 2 Packets (1/4 Ounce Each) Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 Tsp. Salt
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

Pizza Toppings

  • Pizza Sauce
  • Mushrooms
  • Turkey Bacon
  • Light Mozzarella Cheese

Method

    1. Place water in large bowl – sprinkle with yeast.
    2. Let stand until foamy (about 5 minutes).
    3. Brush another large bowl with Olive Oil.
    4. In bowl with yeast, whisk sugar, oil and salt.  Stir in flours until a sticky dough forms.
    5. Transfer to oiled bowl (brush top of dough with oil).
    6. Cover dough with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place until it doubles in size (about an hour).
    7. Turn dough onto a well floured surface and knead until smooth.
    8. Preheat oven to 400°.
    9. Prepare in shape of pizza and begin to assemble pizza dough.
    10. Spread sauce and then some cheese.
    11. Add toppings from above, top with cheese and bake until golden brown and cheese has melted.
    12. Time varies depending on the thickness of your crust (12-20 minutes).
    13. Top with cheese and bake.

  1. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: For ease of use, make the dough in double or triple batches and then freeze the dough in either balls or individual shells.  This will save you a lot of time in the future as you have to let one batch of dough rise … so you might as well have 3 batches rise.

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite type/kind of pizza crust?

I hope you have a great start to your week.

Take care

zesty

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