Thursday, December 29, 2011

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

I've made home-made pizza countless times and with several different recipes. 
I have to say this is by far the BEST recipe I have tried. It also makes for 
great bread sticks!

1 envelop active dry yeast
1 cup very warm water
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
flour for kneading (about 1/4 cup)
3/4 tsps salt
2 tbsps olive oil or vegetable oil

In a large bowl, add very warm water. Add package of yeast and stir until yeast is dissolved and resembles a creamy foam.

Add salt, oil, and flour. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30-60 minutes. Punch down dough. Remove dough to lightly floured surface.

Shape and place on pan with a light sprinkling of corn meal. Spritz or brush with olive oil. Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven, top with ingredients. Return to oven and continue to bake with ingredients until done (time varies depending on toppings - about 15 min +).

Jake's Tips: Make toppings before hand, or while dough is rising. We like to put a slight drizzle of olive oil with about 1 cup cheese and then COVER with vegetables: broccoli, bell pepper, artichokes, shredded carrots, sliced tomato, sun dried tomato, olives, mushrooms, avocado, etc.

Kid Approved: This dough can be made into individual pizzas so that kids can add their own ingredients. I find that although they dislike A LOT of veggies, the more colorful (think yellow bell peppers, orange shredded carrots, green broccoli) we make the pizza, the less likely they pick out stuff they don't like. Also, the more veggies you add, the less cheese you need - it's more so for "tradition" around here.

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