(The whole wheat flour is grown locally. How neat is that?)
This recipe is a favourite in our household, especially when we have run out of ideas of what to make. And we usually have all the necessary staples to make pizza, waiting for us in the fridge and cupboard. I also think it is decently healthy (you can make it as healthy or not as you like!).
The crust takes very little time to make (10 minutes tops) and the toppings can be prepared while the dough rises for 15 minutes.
Kris' Pizza Dough
3/4 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp yeast
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
Italian spices and seasonings to taste
1)In a large bowl, combine first 5 ingredients, mixing once they are all together. Gradually add 1 cup whole wheat flour and mix until smooth. Gradually add last of flour and a few pinches of Italian spices (like basil, oregano, etc..) and mix with hands, kneading until flour is combined. (If it is too dry, add just a touch of water and knead more)
2)Let the dough rise for 15 minutes. Stretch it out and do your best pizza chef impersonation by tossing it in the air (only if you're sure you can catch it). Stretch it onto a greased pizza pan.
3) Add toppings and cook at 400F for 20 min, or until crust is cooked through.
The fun part is the toppings. We usually throw on there whatever we have lying around. My favourite is when we have fresh veggies from the garden and we make a ranch sauce for the base and add tomatoes, zucchini, onions, broccoli, and olives with cheddar and feta cheese. The possibilities are endless! What are some of your favourite, perhaps unusual pizza toppings?