We JUST got done eating our pizza, and it really was quite excellent. This will be my go-to pizza recipe from here on out. We've decided that if/when we eat things with flour in it, it has to be whole wheat flour. This recipe has both white and wheat, but it's definitely a bit healthier than regular old crust. For any of you who know the husband and his family, you know how VITAL pizza is in their homes. I was nervous for him to have this, but even HE loved it and said we should make it again.
For our toppings we had cheese, turkey pepperoni, fresh garlic, red peppers, and white onions. So delish, and we even have some left over for tomorrow!!
Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
(A Daily Dose of Dieting)
* 1 teaspoon white sugar
* 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
* 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 2 cups whole wheat flour
* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.
2. Stir the olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture, then mix in the whole wheat flour and 1 cup of the all-purpose flour until dough starts to come together. Tip dough out onto a surface floured with the remaining all-purpose flour, and knead until all of the flour has been absorbed, and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover loosely with a towel, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
3. When the dough is doubled, tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 2 pieces for 2 thin crust, or leave whole to make one thick crust. Form into a tight ball. Let rise for about 45 minutes, until doubled.
4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Roll a ball of dough with a rolling pin until it will not stretch any further. Then, drape it over both of your fists, and gently pull the edges outward, while rotating the crust. When the circle has reached the desired size, place on a well oiled pizza pan. Top pizza with your favorite toppings, such as sauce, cheese, meats, or vegetables.
****I didn't use her method of forming the pizza crust. I just put it on a greased cookie sheet and molded it with my hands.