Tuesday, May 24, 2011
In the words of my Mother, "this is seriously, the best pizza I've ever eaten." With that being said, homemade pizza is more work, but also more delicious than your average take out pie. It's not the actual hands on work that's the killer, but rather the wait. It takes at least 2 1/2 hours from start to finish, but most of the time is dedicated to letting the dough rise. I got the recipe for the dough from allrecipes.com, (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/amazing-whole-wheat-pizza-crust/Detail.aspx), but made a couple slight changes. As far as toppings go, I would go with what you have in the fridge which is what I did. As long as you have some veggies, cheese, and sauce, you can top a pizza.
Here is what you will need in order to make the dough. It's uses whole wheat flour as well as all purpose, so it is also a bit healthier than its' take out counterparts. It also is enough dough to make two pizzas, unless you like a REALLY thick crust. I made 2 pizzas, and the crusts were still pretty thick.
Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza Dough:
1 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
I Tablespoon Canola Oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups Whole-Wheat Flour
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
2 Large Bowls
First you want to add the water and the honey to one of the bowls. I used honey instead of white sugar, since I try to use as little refined sugar as I can, but that's my preference. Whatever sweetener you have/use will be fine. Stir to dissolve the honey. Then sprinkle the yeast into the water, and let sit for 10 minutes, until it turns foamy. If it doesn't foam, you're yeast is dead. :(
While the yeast is activating, I got the next set of ingredients together. I mixed the salt and oil together in a small bowl and set it aside.
Once the yeast is activated, add the oil mixture and stir. Then add the flours and stir until a dough starts to form. The dough will still be sticky, but don't worry we'll fix that in the next step.
Once you have a dough formed, turn it out onto a generously floured surface. This is when it starts to get messy. Be warned that the majority of your kitchen will be covered in flour when you're finished. But it's so worth it!
-leftover pasta sauce
-crumbled feta & goat cheese
-sliced cherry tomatoes
-chopped red pepper
-fresh basil leaves
You can also preheat your oven to 425 at this point. I had some disposable pizza pans on hand, but any baking sheet will work. Just spray them with cooking spray, or brush with oil.
Once your dough has doubled again, take one ball of dough, and roll it out on a floured surface. Then put it on your baking sheet, and stretch to fit. Repeat for the second ball of dough.
Add your toppings, and bake for 16-20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted, and crust is browned.
Voila! You have just made your own Pizza! Give yourself a pat on the back, but not before you dive into your perfect pie. You deserve a slice straight from the oven for all that work.
I hope you enjoy the process of making your own pizza dough. A lot of the store bought doughs contain trans fat, so making your own is always healthier. If you have the time to do so, I suggest making it from scratch. It also allows you to control what to put on, and can be much cheaper than take-out. Just like many other of your ( and mostly my) favorite indulgences can be sinfully nutritious!