Sunday, December 30, 2012

Whole Wheat Italian Herb Pizza Recipe



Whole Wheat Italian Herb Pizza

Dough: (Time: 2 hours, Servings: 4, Makes two medium pizza pies, or 1 large pizza pie)

1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons instant yeast
2 teaspoons coarse kosher or seas salt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon crushed, dried or 1 tablespoon finely chopped, fresh italian herb, we prefer basil or oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Before rising
1. Combine the flour, yeast, and salt in a bowl, mix. Add 1 cup warm water and oil and mix until the mixture forms a ball and is slightly sticky to the touch. If the ball is shaggy and sticks to the bowl, add 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing until it comes away easily from the bowl. If too crumbly, add more water. 

2. Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and knead by hand for few seconds to form a smooth round dough ball. Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 1-2 hours until the dough doubles in size. Our house is kept pretty chilly, so I prefer to let it rise for 2 hours.


After rising


3. After the first rise, cut the dough in half. If you only want one pizza (serves generally 2 people) then you can put one dough ball in the freezer in plastic wrap or a zipper bag, for up to a month. With the dough you want to use, roll each piece into a round ball, about a quarter inch thick. Put each ball on a lightly floured surface, sprinkle with flour, and cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel. Let rest until they puff slightly about 20-30 minutes. Get your oven preheating to 500 F.

Pizza:

1/2 cup of pizza sauce or marinara sauce
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese (less than you'd think, or you'll get too much grease!)
1 cup assorted toppings

4. Once your oven is heated you can transfer the dough to a lightly oiled baking sheet. Brush a light layer of olive oil on the top of the dough. Add the sauce and spread on the dough. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and your toppings. 

5. Bake at 500 F for 8-12 minutes, until the bottom is golden brown. Enjoy!

Optional: If you have a medium-sized cast iron skillet, you can do a more deep dish pizza. After rolling out the dough, place it in the skillet, like a pie pan. Let rise there for 20-30 minutes, then put your toppings on. Before putting in the oven, heat the skillet for 3-5 minutes over medium heat to set the dough. Then bake for 8-12 minutes. 


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