Whole wheat pizza crust has a nutty flavor and real nutritional value. Since the crust is what pizza is primarily about, this is a good thing. But a crust made with too much whole wheat flour can be heavy, dry and tough. This pizza recipe, which combines whole wheat and all-purpose flour, makes a crust that is both delightful to eat and full of whole grain nutrients, especially fiber.
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.
Stir the olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture, then mix in the whole wheat flour and 1 cup of the all-purpose flour until dough starts to come together. Tip dough out onto a surface floured with the remaining all-purpose flour, and knead until all of the flour has been absorbed, and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes.
Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover loosely with a towel, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
When the dough is doubled, tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 2 pieces for 2 thin crust, or leave whole to make one thick crust. Form into a tight ball. Let rise for about 45 minutes, until doubled.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Roll a ball of dough with a rolling pin until it will not stretch any further. Then, drape it over both of your fists, and gently pull the edges outward, while rotating the crust. When the circle has reached the desired size, place on a well oiled pizza pan. Top pizza with your favorite toppings (sauce, cheese, meats, or vegetables).
Bake for 16 to 20 minutes (depending on thickness) in the preheated oven, until the crust is crisp and golden at the edges, and cheese is melted on the top.
here's a version for bread machine,
Whole Wheat Pizza Crust Recipe (for bread machine)
- 1 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt -- optional
- 2 tablespoons honey or sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour -- divided
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon cornmeal
Measure carefully, placing all ingredients except cornmeal in bread machine pan in order specified by owner's manual.
Program dough cycle setting; press start. Remove dough from bread machine pan; let rest 2 to 3 minutes.
Pat and gently stretch dough into 14- to 15-inch circle. Spray 14-inch pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray; sprinkle with cornmeal, if desired. Press dough
into pan. Follow topping and baking directions for individual recipes. 1 thick 14-inch crust is 8 servings