Thursday, August 23, 2012

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

I love making pizza. This year I created this whole wheat pizza dough. It's the only version I make now. The family loves it. This recipe also gives the directions for making pizza dough with a stand mixer (I use a KitchenAid)

3 c whole wheat flour
3 c all purpose flour
2 packs of yeast
2 1/2 c lukewarm water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1-2 tsp olive oil

Place lukewarm water in a large mixing bowl. Add yeast and sugar. Using a whisk, mix until yeast is dissolved. Allow to rest 5 minutes. Add salt and olive oil. Whisk together. Add the wheat flour. Attach dough hook to mixer and start mixing (start with the mix speed until flour settles then go to speed 2). Add 2 cups of the all purpose flour. Mix on speed 2. Add last cup of flour and mix on speed 2. At this point the dough ball should start pulling away from the bowl. If it is not then add a little more flour. You do not want to add too much as your dough will get dry. Once it's too dry there is nothing you can do but start over. Now lightly flour your counter and remove dough from mixing bowl. Work the flour into the dough by lightly kneading. Do not over work the dough. The dough should now be perfect and no longer sticky. Take another bowl and drizzle olive oil on the bottom of bowl. Take the ball of dough and coat on all sides with the oil. Cover bowl with dish towels. Allow dough to rise 25-30 minutes. I set my dough on the stove so that the heat from the warming oven helps speed up the process. Now you are ready to cut out portions of dough for pizza, roni rollers, etc.

Note: You must use a mixture of wheat and all purpose flour. Do not use all wheat flour or your dough will be more like a dry cracker.

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