My Lazy Homemade Pizza

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Homemade pizza plateI’ve always wanted to make homemade pizza, but for some reason I was delaying my first foray into pizza-making for way too long, probably out of fear of the result. When I finally purchased a stand mixer there were no more excuses. I researched tons of recipes and ideas and did plenty of trial-and-error experimenting, but the recipe I finally settled on satisfies all of my picky eaters. Since I’m using 100% whole wheat flour, the dough tends to be drier than with white flour, so I added a bit more olive oil to the dough and sprinkled more on top. The final crust was nice and crispy and by no means too dry.

vegetarian pizza, whole-wheat pizzaIngredients (yields 4 servings):

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast* (or one package)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (plus more for final sprinkle)
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon honey or agave syrup (optional)

*I use yeast specific for whole grain flours such Hodgson Mill

homemade pizza for Valentines, whole-grain pizza recipeDirections:

  1. In a small bowl, combine yeast, warm water and 1 teaspoon honey. Let sit for about five minutes or until mixture foams.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 cups flour and salt. Make a well in the center and add yeast mixture and olive oil.
  3. Stir using the paddle attachment or a spoon until the dough just comes together, then knead, either by hand or in a stand mixer fixed with the dough hook, for about 5 minutes (3-4 minutes if using stand mixer). Add remaining flour spoon by spoon until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl or is no longer sticky.
  4. Shape dough into a ball, place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with fabric towel. Place bowl in another large bowl with hot water to keep dough warm for rising. Allow to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour until dough about doubles in bulk.
  5. Line baking pan with baking paper and lightly dust with cornmeal. Punch down risen dough, shape into a ball and place on a pan. Roll out into a circle of desired crust thickness. Press dough around perimeter forming a ridge to hold toppings. Add all favorite toppings. Sprinkle olive oil over the top.
  6. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place pizza in oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until crust is crispy and toppings are baked. Let pizza rest for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
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Para la versión en español de esta receta vaya a Pizza Casera Integral Fácil y Saludable

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Author:Katka Konecna-Rivera

Katka Konecna-Rivera, co-founder and host of Living Green with Baby, is an architect focused on sustainable design as well as a filmmaker, writer and personal wellness coach.

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