Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Health


I decided to see how we would like Whole Wheat crusted Pizza.. Italian pizza dough, is in my blood but a healthy version is a great change of pace!  I have been pretty dedicated to eating just healthy grains lately, this will take a bit of getting use too after all these years of white flour but I really do like the fact that this really did turn out very crunchy and delicious as pizza should be with a nutty flavor instead and want to thank  Kathy from Are You Hungry for introducing me to this great flour I won on her site!
3 cups lukewarm water should feel like warm to your wrist, not hot
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated fast acting yeast (2 packets)
1 1/2 tablespoons regular salt, kosher or sea salt
1 tablespoon sugar
6 1/2 cups sifted Whole Wheat Flour Extra flour for your hands while molding the dough


Make sure the water is luke warm to the touch, this is very important to the rising method.
Add yeast, salt and sugar to the water in a 5 quart bowl or a plastic container with a lid.
Mix in the flour there is no kneading necessary but I like to use the mixer since it's so much easier!  I put all ingredients in my Kitchen Aid mixer  for 10 to 20 seconds  then put the plastic wrap on the bowl and cover it. If your doing this by hand, using a large 5 quart bowl and spoon just mix till everything is uniformly combined well. The dough will be pretty stiff with using whole wheat but  that's normal.

Allow to rise. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and add a lid ( it's ok if not airtight). Allow the mixture to rise at room temperature until it begins to collapse (or at least flattens on top), about two hours.

When it's ready shape into whatever you like,  try  stretching out some of the pizza on a pizza pan or see recipes below, let rise around a half hour before baking. If your like bread shape into a loaf pan and bake a loaf of bread, let it rise around a half hour then bake in a hot preheated oven of 420 degrees until browned. Cool at least 5 minutes before eating the bread on a wire rack. For pizza bake until browned and crisp edges on the same oven temperature. Use your favorite sauce and cheese or see links below for more suggestions.

I refrigerate the unused dough and it will keep up to a week in the refrigerator. Take out as needed until it rises slightly and bake.

Idea's that can be used for making this Whole Wheat Dough: ( click on each first word below highlighted for more suggestions.

Pizza
Deep Dish Grilled Pizza
Rolls

19 comments:

Bo said...

Looks like you had success...never tried a whole wheat crust here. It does make the pizza a healthier option.

Federica said...

I like whole wheat pizza dought very much. Well done :) Bye, have a good day

Lenia said...

You make my mouth water once again,dear!

Nava.K said...

I am all in for this healthy version made from grains and love the gooey cheese on top and that looks so tempting.

Greg said...

Looking good. I like whole wheat crust it adds more flavor to the pizza. I have always been curious just how much healthier whole wheat makes a pizza though.

Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef said...

I've got some new wheat grain and I'll mill that and try your crust. I haven't made a deep dish pizza in a long time but this looks too good to pass up.

Mari's Cakes said...

It looks so delicious, I would love to try it this weekend. Enjoy!

Catherine said...

Dear Claudia, Trying to eat healthy is good. I am sure this was wonderful with all of the good and delicious ingredients. Blessings my dearest, Catherine xoxo

Angie's Recipes said...

I prefer the healthy wholewheat crust..the pizza looks great..

Mary said...

This looks great. I haven't had a lot of luck with whole wheat pizza dough. I'll have to give your recipe a try. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Francesca said...

Beautiful! I was in fact looking for a recipe to make pizza with wholewheat flour. Bravissima!

Tina said...

Most people just change the toppings to make a healthier pizza, however, you have gone another way by using whole wheat in the pizza dough-very creative! I am saving this recipe and I am sure most doctors would agree that we need to get more grains in the diet. Thanks Claudia!

Natasha Price said...

sounds like a terrific pizza dough recipe, love that it is healthy!

Reeni said...

I need to make the switch form white to wheat for my pizza dough! This looks delicious Claudia!

Vicki Bensinger said...

How was the pizza using all Whole Wheat Flour? I've never used entirely whole wheat usually a mix thinking it would be too dense. Was it light or did it seem heavy? I'd love to make pizza using just whole wheat. Looking forward to your reply.

Your photo looks yummy, and just when I'm getting ready to go to bed.

redkathy said...

Hi Claudia. Thank you so much for the mention, you are the best! Your pizza looks awesomely delish, just as with all of your Italian foods here. I enjoy the wheat flour too. The white wheat flour seems to produce a milder flavor than the whole wheat. I've used a combination of both whole and white wheat flour and found that to be my favorite.

Have a great week and thank you again.

Kathy

Shelby said...

Looks awesome Claudia!

gobakeyourself said...

What a heavenly pizza dough - it is thick and delicious :D
And your last pic is especially tasty!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Anonymous said...

So, how much sugar is it? Not stated in the ingredients...