Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!
Every Friday night is pizza night in my house. I’m pretty sure the world will end for my husband if he doesn’t have pizza on a Friday night. I’m serious too! We used to order out every Friday night when we first moved in together. DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH PIZZA ORDERED OUT COSTS?! My goodness! But you know it was never just a pizza with a topping or two. It wound up being pizza, French fries, and any other side / appetizer that either of us was in the mood for that night. I guess that helped make the bill go up and up!
Besides being expensive it got to be very unhealthy. But it’s Friday! How could we not have pizza? I saw so many recipes to make your own pizza dough. It really didn’t seem that hard. I decided to try it out. I subbed some of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour. I am able to control how much salt and oil goes into the dough. I can add in any special spices to make a more flavorful dough! I top it with low fat mozzarella, homemade tomato sauce, and whatever toppings we are feeling that night! And we have a healthy pizza night!
*adapted from The Pioneer Woman
For the Crust:
- 1 teaspoon active dry or instant yeast (or 1 packet of pizza yeast)
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- pinch of sugar
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (play around with the recipe to find the combination of flour you prefer. 4 cups total)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder / Italian seasoning (optional)
- 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
For the Pizza:
- Your choice of sauce, cheese and toppings! Make it original!
- Sprinkle yeast over warm water with a pinch of sugar
- In a mixer, combine flour and salt. Mix together. With mixer on low speed add the olive oil until combined with the flour.
- Pour yeast mixture over flour mixture. Mix until just combined
- Split dough into two equal parts.
- Coat a separate bowl with a drizzle of olive oil. Roll one half of dough into a ball, coat with olive oil, cover with plastic wrap and store in fridge for 2-3 days. After dough rises, it can be frozen.
Roll dough out and prepare to your individual tastes. I’ll be honest, I don’t put it in the oven. My husband does that. He just follows the directions on the box that the pizza stone came in. I highly suggest you invest in a pizza stone. You can get a decent one inexpensively. I purchased mine at the grocery store.