Okay, I have to share my family’s favorite pizza crust recipe. I think you guys will enjoy it!
Whole Wheat Pizza
*Makes 2 large pizzas
- 1 1/2 c. warm water
- 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 1/2 Tbsp yeast
- 2 Tbsp vital wheat gluten
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 cups whole wheat flour; divided ( I use freshly ground hard white wheat)
In a large bowl, mix the water, oil, honey and yeast until the yeast is dissolved.
Add the wheat gluten, garlic powder, salt, and two cups of flour; stir until mixed well.
Stir in the remaining flour one cup at a time, until the dough can be kneaded by hand. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour. Knead until elastic and smooth.
Tip: When dealing with dough, always keep your hands floured to keep the dough from sticking to them. If it does begin to stick, do not wash your hands, but add more flour to them and rub off the stuck dough.
Divide the dough in half. Take one half of the dough and roll or press it out onto a cookie sheet or pizza pan. Make it as thin or as thick as you’d like.
Bake just the crust at 450* for 5 min.
Now you can add your toppings to the crust. (I like using pasta sauce, topped with shredded mozzarella and sprinkled with parmesan cheese, scattered with beef pepperoni.)
Stick it back in the oven for 10 more minutes, or until browned on top.
Do the same with the second crust.
This recipe makes a soft, fluffy crust. Even when I roll it out thin it still rises well. Very, very yummy!! Do try it.