Why would you make home made pizza when you can just order in? Less than half the fat, controlled ingredients, whole grains and family cooking fun are just the beginning. With warm weather on the horizon you may not want to heat up the kitchen so try grilling the pizzas when you don’t want to bake. You can also use your bread machine for this recipe using your dough cycle. Using half whole wheat flour gives the dough a great texture and adds some whole grains.
1 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F) 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast 1 teaspoon honey 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup grated parmesan cheese 1 T. dried oregano Yellow cornmeal, for sprinkling
In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast, honey, and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, stirring to combine. Let sit until the mixture is foamy, about 5 minutes.
Add 1 1/2 cups of the flour and the salt, mixing by hand until it is all incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Add the parmesan cheese and dried oregano. Continue adding the flour, 1/4 cup at a time, working the dough after each addition, until the dough is smooth but still slightly sticky. You might not need all of the flour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth but still slightly tacky, 3 to 5 minutes.
Oil a large mixing bowl with remaining olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl, turning to coat with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place, free from drafts until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours. Roll out dough and top with your favorite toppings. We love to include lots of veggies! Bake at 400 or grill until crust is lightly browned.
Easy Sauce: Combine 1 can tomato sauce, 3 cloves minced garlic, 1 t. salt, 2 T. Italian seasoning blend.