Saturday, February 12, 2011

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

Nitty Gritty~~~ 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast...I use Rapid Rise
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar (To activate yeast)  Not 100% necessary if you use Rapid Rise Yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2- 2 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour  ( I personally cut the wheat down by 1/2 cup and add in 1/2 cup of Wheat Bran)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt (Garlic Salt or Powder and other spices such as Basil can be substituted nicely here.) 
I preheat my convection oven to 425 degrees.  Use 450 degrees if you are using a non-convection.

Dissolve yeast packet into warm water, then add sugar to verify your yeast is active.  Let it stand for 5-10 minutes.  You should see the telltale bubbles to let you know it's ready for action.  =)

In a mixing bowl, pour in yeast.  Then add flour, oil, and salt(spices).  Using dough hook attachment, Beat/Knead for approximately 5 minutes or until dough pulls completely away from sides of mixing bowl.

Now, because I am trying to cook healthier alternatives for my family, I choose to split the dough in half to make 2 thin, but very ample crusts.  If you prefer a thick crust do not divide.

Divide crust, if desired and let rest 10-15 minutes for rising. 

Spray your baking stone or pizza pans with non stick cooking spray.  I use olive oil. 
Sprinkle a light dusting of cornmeal on the stone or pans, then shape dough into desired shape, or conform to pan.  Pierce the surface of the crust with the tines of a fork to ensure no bubbles or air pockets get trapped in your dough or crust while baking.  Flash bake your crust(s) for approx. 5 minutes to keep your dough from turning mushy once it has toppings on it. 

Now on to the fun part...

Top with your favorite stuff.

Here is just a small list of some of the things I have topped this crust with:

Homemade Pesto, Homemade Alfredo, Homemade Skinny-Fredo, Diced tomatoes/Garlic/Basil, Fat Free Ranch Dressing, Salsa, Nutella or Pudding(for a dessert pizza).  This list continues to grow, as I continue to experiment!

Fresh or Sundried Tomatoes
Garlic, Garlic, and More Garlic
Grilled Chicken
Bacon (Pork or Turkey)
Sausage(Pork, Turkey, and Venison)
Bell Peppers
Potatoes...YES!  cooked, diced, or sliced POTATOES!
Pepperoni (Regular/Turkey)
Ground Beef
Red/Yellow Onion
Fresh Fruit for a dessert pizza!
This list also goes on and on...

Here's a Clucktacular  Favorite of mine:  Chicken Bacon Potato with Fat Free Ranch!

I hope you enjoy!  Please send me your favorite pizza ideas!  I would love to add them to my recipe box!

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