Pizza completely from scratch.
Yesterday for dinner I made pizza completely from scratch. I used pasta sauce I had made from scratch and canned a few weeks ago and found a recipe in my new cookbook (Simply in Season) for a whole wheat pizza crust.
1 heaping active dry yeast
1 and ¼ cups warm water
Stir together in a large bowl until yeast is dissolved.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
Add enough flour to make soft dough. Knead for 8 – 10 minutes, I found 8 min to be enough. Place in a greased bowl, turn to grease both sides, cover with a damp dish cloth and let rise until double in size. I found that you should use a clean bowl for letting the dough rise, when I used the mixing bowl the dough didn’t rise as much. Let dough rise 45 – 55 min, my house is approx. 75 degrees and it took 45 min. Generously grease cookie sheet or pizza stone with olive oil. Roll or press dough into the pan in the shape you want it. Top with sauce and your favorite toppings and cheese. Bake the pizza in a 400 degree oven for 15 – 20 min or until cheese is melted and slightly browned.
I made two pizzas because my husband prefers only pepperoni and cheese and I want all the veggies on mine. What I learned is that one batch makes a nice thick crust, good for me but my husband prefers it to be thinner. Next time I will use ½ the dough and try to roll it out thinner.