I consider myself to be a work in progress at pizza making (and a few of other things…I’ll save that for another time). But, I do like what I make, especially this dough. The wheat flour adds a little extra texture and deeper flavor. And maybe since I’m using whole wheat flour the health benefits of it will cancel out any fattiness in the toppings. 🙂 If only it worked that way! I’d eat five pounds of carrots to savor a cinnamon roll completely guilt-free.
Back to the dough. If you’ve got a food processor this recipe will come together super fast. But, don’t stop reading if you don’t. All it will take is mixing the ingredients and about 10 minutes of kneading. And sometimes it just feels good to be up to your wrists in dough.
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
2 1/4 tsp. instant yeast
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
Combine flours, yeast, salt and sugar in a food processor. Pulse to mix. Combine warm water and oil in a measuring cup. With the food processor on, gradually pout in enough of the warm liquid until a sticky ball forms. The dough should be pretty soft. If it seems dry, add to 2 tablespoons of warm water. It it’s too sticky, add some flour, starting with 1 or 2 tablespoons. Process until the dough forms a bal and then process it for another minute to knead.
Lightly coat a large bowl with cooking spray. Place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let it rise for about an hour, or doubled in size. Punch down and let the dough rest for about 10 minutes before rolling.
After you roll out your dough just throw on some sauce, cheese and toppings. If you’ve got kids wash their little hands and put them to work! ‘Decorating’ the pizza dough is the most fun part! We don’t have kids yet, but my husband steps in and covers the dough like a pro.
Last year I got a little creative around this time of year and we celebrated Halloween with this. Give it a try if you’re still looking to fill your Halloween menu!