It's Friday night and there simply isn't a better night for pizza....well, besides Thursday....because we had pizza last night. Henry would claim that any day of the week ending in y is perfect for pizza. It is his favorite.
And making our own pizza is typically what we do here...unless we do the frozen pizza thing because we need something fast to feed these little starving guys. But when the PLAN is for pizza...this is how we roll....with either Ed's grandma's or my grandma's rolling pin, of course.
In the past we have been big fans of Pioneer Woman's recipe for pizza dough. But, when visiting my brother and sister in law for the last 2 summers they have made pizza for us using a whole wheat crust that was spectacular. So last night we tried that.
Making your own pizza takes about an hour and a half...you aren't busy for that hour and a half...but you need an hour for the pizza dough to rise...and about 15 minutes for the pizza to cook. And the other 15 minutes is assembling the dough and pizza. And Friday nights when they family is finally coming together for the weekend...making pizza together can be a great way to kick off the weekend and tick off the dinner and family activity items on your agenda.
Last night, Sydney helped with the pizza dinner.
So here is the crust recipe that worked perfectly, for our first time.
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
3/4 cup warm water
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt (I am sure you can use regular)
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (I am not sure I used pastry flour...)
1 cup all-purpose flour
-Put water in bowl of stand mixer. Sprinkle yeast on top and let bloom a few minutes.
-Add sugar to water/yeast and whisk.
-Add flours and yeast and mix with a dough hook until the dough comes together and is smooth, 4-5 minutes.
-Put dough in a bowl greased with a little olive oil.
-Cover with a towel and let rise for at least 1 hour ( on the counter).
She has also refrigerated overnight and it works fine, but I let it warm up a little before trying to roll it out.
This pizza dough recipe made one large pizza...so I double it for our family. This crust has more of a thin crust appeal. Not super thin but just right. Love it.
We added our toppings and baked at 450 until it was done...the usual pizza baking time of 10-20 minutes...depending on how loaded your pizza is, how done you like it, and how your oven bakes.
Give this recipe a try and be proud to have added a little whole wheat dough into your family's Friday night pizza party.
Making your own pizza is also WAY more affordable...price it out. One other trick to making it really affordable is freezing your toppings so that you don't waste half the jar of pizza sauce, italian sausage, or other items that you may like adding to your pizza.
I am hooking up with Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop today.
I will probably do another wrap up rambling post later today :)