Whole Wheat Pizza Dough…or Garlic Knots
Posted April 10, 2012on:
What I look forward to the most every month is our tradition of pizza and movie night. Its a time when Akash and I catch up, joke around, argue over which movie to watch, discuss vacation plans, dreams, aspirations…all the while working together to create a masterpiece of a dinner- homemade pizza. I make the dough, he picks the toppings. It really is a wonderful time. And cooking doesn’t feel like work.
In order to make your own whole wheat pizza, this is what you need-
(makes 4 medium thin crust pizzas, or 2-3 regular crust medium pizzas)
2.25 cup 100% whole wheat flour
0.25 cups Vital Wheat Gluten
In case you dont want to invest in Vital Wheat Gluten (the protein in wheat) you can substitute the above mentioned ingredients with 2 cups of 100% whole wheat flour, and 1 cup of regular flour. The reason why I prefer the whole wheat and vital wheat gluten is because this mixture provides more fiber, protein and less carbs.
1 packet Active Yeast
1.5 cups warm water
2 tsp honey
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tbsp Olive Oil
In order to make the dough, add the honey to warm water, mix well. Add the yeast and let it sit for about 30 seconds.
Add rest of the ingredients and knead until the dough is formed. Cover the dough with a moist paper towel and let it sit in a dark, preferably warm place for about 20 minutes. Your dough should have doubled in size.
Knead the dough to remove any air, for about 1-2 minutes. If you have time give it another rise by letting it sit for another 20 minutes and repeat the process. if not, then go ahead to the next step, rolling the dough.
Roll out your dough. I love making thin crust pizzas, but you are the artist here, so roll it out to the desired thickness. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Once the desired temperature is reached, cook the dough in the oven for about 5-7 minutes without any toppings. Remove the semi cooked dough from the oven and add your toppings and bake the pizza for another 20 minutes or more if you like your crust crispy. This is one dinner you can customize to your liking, anything goes, there are no rules. Here is a picture of the pizza we had this past Sunday It was a veggie pizza with chipotle marinara sauce…so amazing!!!
Store any left over dough in the refrigerator, and make amazing garlic knots the next day. shape the dough, the way you like, and apply olive oil and garlic. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. and serve with salad, soup, or other healthy options. Below is the salad and garlic bread we had yesterday, made from the left over dough from Sunday! so delicious and easy yet healthy!