In my household, pizza is a best friend. It is our friend that is there for us when we are sad, when we are happy and it brings us together with other friends. Yes I know I am talking about food. But that’s just what pizza is for us!
Our love for pizza can also be a problem. The problem is it’s too easy to get caught up in the greasy fatty goodness. And also the convenience of dialing up and having it delivered to our door. As you all know, I am trying to live a healthy lifestyle. So without ditching our best friend I have had to start making it all from scratch at home. And lucky for us, I love to cook!
This past Friday I did it up!
Whole Wheat Dough
½ teaspoon sugar
1 package dry yeast
½ cup warm water
1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons EVOO
½ teaspoon salt
1. Dissolve the sugar and yeast in warm water in a bowl, let stand for 5min
2. Add flour, salt and oil to the yeast mixture. Stir until it forms into a dough. You may need to add a little bit more flour if mixture sticks to your fingers.
3. Knead for 5 min
4. Spray large bowl with cooking spray, place dough in bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
5. Place the bowl in a warm place for 60min. (I usually put it in the oven that I had preheated at 200c for 1 min and turned it off.)
6. Punch dough and form into a ball, let sit for another 30min.
7. Place some flour on counter top to prevent the dough from sticking and roll it out into whatever shape you have for a pan.
We love garlic, so I take some EVVO and garlic powder, mix it up and spread it all over the crust before I put the sauce and toppings on it…soo good!
I used a recipe from Allrecipes.com. The only thing I did is add ½ tablespoon of basil and used fresh minced garlic. We love LOVE garlic.
Now for the part my fiancé loves helping out with, the toppings! Today we had roasted red pepper and asparagus. (I cut them up, tossed some EVOO on them and baked at 400F for 15min, tossed them a few times so they didn’t stick). We also had red onion, black olives, tomatoes and prosciutto. I then sprinkled some low fat mozzarella cheese with basil sprinkled on top.
Bake your pizza on a pizza stone or a pan at 350F for 35-40min. Or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.
Nom Nom Nom!!