Saturday, October 13, 2012

Whole Wheat Pizza

I recently tried making a whole wheat pizza crust and was extremely pleased with the result!

This is my Chicken Philly Ranch pizza—ranch for the sauce, peppers, onions, and chicken.

1 ¾ - 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour
1 ½ envelope pizza crust yeast
¾ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon honey
2/3 cup very warm water (120 – 130 degrees)
3 tablespoons olive oil

Combine 1 cup flour, yeast, and salt.  Stir in water, honey, and oil.  Mix together until well blended (about 1 minute).

Gradually add ½ cup flour until soft dough ball is formed.  Add more flour if needed. 

Knead on a floured surface, adding more flour as needed until smooth & elastic (about 4 minutes).  Honestly, I just knead enough flour into it until it’s not so sticky.  It’s probably more like 2 or 3 minutes.

Place the dough in a greased bowl, turn to coat, cover with plastic wrap, and place in cold oven with light on.  Let rise for 20-30 minutes.

Grease pizza pan (I swear by a stone but a regular pan is okay too).  Sprinkle some cornmeal on pan.  Press dough out to fill pan or roll dough to 12-inch circle (or desired size/thickness).  Top with desired sauce and toppings.  Let sit for 10-20 minutes.  You can skip this sitting time…it will still be great but not as thick and soft (which you might prefer!).

Bake on bottom rack at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until done. 

Here is a link to my pizza tutorial with some other pizza ideas. 

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