1.30.2009

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

Friday night is pizza night in our house as it seems to be for a lot of families I know. We don't order in because we discovered a while back that making pizza from scratch is fun, delicious and cheap. As a one income family we are always watching our budget especially these last few months when it's been even tighter than usual but we still have pizza night. I have been working out this pizza dough recipe for a few months now and I think it's finally right. This makes enough to feed 2 preschoolers, 2 teenagers and 2 adults in other words it makes a LOT of pizza. Tonight with this recipe we made 2 small kid sized pizzas, one large pizza, a calzone and a pizza/stromboli combo thingy(?).


3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour divided
1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
2 Tbsp SAF instant yeast
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
2 cups warm water
1/4 cup olive oil

in the bowl of a food processor add 2 cups flour, vital wheat gluten, yeast, sugar, salt, warm water and olive oil
pulse 5-10 times then process 30 seconds - one minute until it is well mixed
cover the whole food processor with a towel and let it rise 20 minutes
pulse in the last of the flour and turn out into an oiled bowl
let it rise while you prepare the rest of your ingredients
divide dough into desired portions and bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until done to you preference

**Optional** toss in your favorite dried herbs or minced garlic during the initial mixing for an awesome crust to wow your friends


This is actually a photo from a few weeks ago because tonight the pizzas were inhaled before any pictures could be taken.

4 comments:

  1. Have you every tried using white whole wheat flour? I use it when I bake, but I've a) never made pizza dough and therefore b) never used it in pizza dough. One of my good friends uses it and swears by it.

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  2. YUM!!! I gotta try this for the pizza-loving fiance!

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  3. Kate, no I never have because we have always loved whole wheat flour. Hmmm I might have to check that out. Laura

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  4. Mara! Hey, let me know if you try it ok? We all love this crust so much and it took a lot of trial and error (my poor family) to get it right. Enjoy!
    Laura

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