Just because I don’t want to leave everyone hanging, here’s the down-low on the pizza that I made last night.
The recipe itself is incredibly easy, it just taking a little bit of planning ahead so that the dough can rise before dinner.
Easy Whole-Wheat Pizza
- 1 1/2 C warm water
- 2 C whole-wheat flour
- 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
- 1 packet yeast
- 2 t salt
- 1 t sugar
- 2 T olive oil
- Sprinkle of corn meal (optional)
- Pour warm water into large bowl. Sprinkle yeast over top and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
- In meantime, combine flours, salt and sugar in a medium-sized bowl. After yeast has rested for 5 minutes, whisk it up. Then, add the flour mixture in three separate sections. Add in olive oil. Mix everything together and knead for 5-10 minutes.
- Spray the medium-sized bowl (now empty of flour) with olive oil. Place the dough ball into the greased bowl. Roll it around to thoroughly coat it in the oil. Then, tightly cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it in a very warm place (75-90 degrees). Allow to rise for at least an hour, preferably about two hours.
- After dough has risen, divide it into two sections. Flour a board and roll out each dough section to desired thickness (I like mine as thin as possible. That way, each dough section nearly covers a full baking sheet.)
- Grease baking sheets and sprinkle with corn meal. Place the rolled out dough on baking sheets. Bake each section for 8 minutes in 500 degree oven. Then, flip crust, cover with toppings and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
While my crust was cooking, I sautéed up some mushrooms and onions. Then, I topped my pie with some pizza sauce, a little cheese, the vegetables and a sprinkle of feta.
True story: I used to think that I didn’t like pizza, because all I actually knew was the greasy, cheesy commercial variety. But, after learning how easy it is to make my entirely homemade pies, I am a total pizza convert.
So, here’s my challenge: Next time you are tempted to “go the easy route” and order a pizza, try this recipe instead. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Question: What are your favorite pizza toppings?