Sunday, February 14, 2010

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

For the Superbowl, I had a few guests over and we made individual fun. Everyone was able to pick their own toppings and get exactly what they wanted. I was asked for the crust recipe, so here it is:

1 package active dry yeast (I use rapid rise to save time)
1 1/4 c. warm water
3 c. whole wheat flour
1 1/2 t. salt
1 T. olive oil
Herbs and seasonings

In a large mixing bowl dissolve yeast in water. Let proof for 10 minutes. Add the flour, salt, olive oil, and seasonings of choice (I used basil, oregano, garlic and onion) and mix well. Once ingredients are mixed, knead dough until smooth, about 10 minutes (I use my KitchenAid Mixer for this). Place dough in an oiled bowl, turning to coat in oil, place damp towel over bowl and sit in a warm place until dough doubles (1 hour with reg. yeast). Punch down the dough and let it rest for another 10 minutes. Divide dough into 4 pieces and roll out (on a floured surface) each piece into a flat circle. Heat skillet to med-high on stove top with olive oil, place dough in skillet and cook until it rises and browns, then flip to other side. Once both sides have been browned, top with pizza toppings and place in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until cheese melts. Enjoy.

Note: These crusts are kind of like flat bread crusts because of cooking them on the stove top, if you want traditional crust skip this step.

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