Whole Wheat Pizza: I Need to Knead More
My first attempt at homemade pizza. It was quite the adventure but I’m glad I gave it a try. While this turned out pretty good, I’ll try a couple tweaks next time to see if it can be improved. What I was going for with this recipe was:
1. Whole wheat crust
2. Super simple ingredients and process
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup warm water
1 Tbsp honey
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tsp olive oil
1 can Italian stewed tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp water
1 package part skim mozzarella cheese
8 to 10 button mushrooms, sliced
1 bell pepper, sliced
First I combined the warm water, honey, and yeast in a bowl and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Then I added this to the mixture of flour, salt, and oil and mixed until a soft ball was formed.
I didn’t time this next part but I probably kneaded the dough for about 5 minutes at this point. Then I placed the dough in a bowl and covered it with some plastic wrap and left it on the counter. In other recipes it’ll say to let this rest in a warm area. In Hawaii, my whole house is warm at this time of the year so that was no problem.
While it sat and did its thing, I chopped up my toppings – in this case mushrooms and bell peppers. I also prepared the sauce combining all the sauce ingredients and mashing up the pieces of tomato with a fork.
Next, out came the dough and I divided it into two halves. Each piece can make a pizza approximately 12 inches in diameter. I figured one pizza would be enough for dinner this night. I kind of half rolled out, half stretched out the dough and placed it on a round pizza pan. Slathered on some sauce, piled with toppings, sprinkled with cheese, and placed it into the oven at 425 degrees F for about 15 minutes.
It turned out pretty well, especially for my first time…and for using whole wheat flour. Next time I’ll try kneading for 8 to 10 minutes so that the dough gets a little more smooth and elastic. Also I’ll try to get the dough rolled out a little thinner, just to see how that works out. But taste wise, this was pretty good. We even got out that other half of dough and made another pizza right after finishing the first one. The two of us were able to eat every last bite of the second one as well. oink oink.