Americans Ate Three Billion of These Last Year

What about making it good for you as well?  Here's a Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe that will add nutrition and fantastic flavor to your Friday night dinner.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

5 cups freshly ground whole wheat flour (A combination of hard red wheat and soft white wheat is great.)

1 1/2 tablespoons honey or 2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 3/4 cups water, lukewarm

Mix your flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Form a mound on the table and create a cavity in the middle.  Add the water to the middle and stir with your hand to incorporate the flour into the water. Continue to add water and incorporate your flour until you have mixed in all the water.  Now leave it alone for 20 minutes to allow for the flour to hydrate and absorb the water.  (This process is called autolyse and improves the development of the gluten.)

Once you finish the autolyse, you can add in your oil and begin the kneading process. Knead your dough for 10-14 minutes.  Then size your dough into 8-ounce balls and place in lightly oiled plastic containers and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

An hour before you are ready to make pizza, remove your dough containers from the refrigerator and allow them to warm.  Then hand stretch on a floured work table to a size that fits your pizza stone/pan.  Add sauce, cheese, toppings.

In a wood-fired oven the pizza will bake in between 90 seconds and three minutes.  In your home oven at 450 degrees, on a pizza stone, the pizza will take 5-8 minutes to cook.

This recipe is courtesy of our friends at Hot Rock Pizza in Oak Harbor, WA.

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