Okay, I can’t take credit for this dough. It’s a Pioneer Woman recipe (go figure!) tweaked by me to be, of course, whole wheat. I’ve had a lot of people ask for pizza dough directions lately, though…so here it goes.
Start by dissolving 1 teaspoon of yeast in 1 1/2 cups of warm water and allow the yeast to proof while you prep the dry ingredients.
In a large mixing bowl (I use the bowl of my KitchenAid) combine 4 cups of flour (of course I use white whole wheat!) and 1 teaspoon of salt, then pour in 1/3 cup olive oil and stir to combine.
Pour the yeast and water mixture into the flour and stir until a ball forms. If you use whole wheat flour, you may need to add just a little bit more water. Once the dough forms a ball, cover it and allow to rise for an hour or two.
Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a floured surface and knead briefly just to firm it up a little bit. Cut it in half (this recipe makes 2 pizzas-but I often half the recipe or use half and freeze the rest).
Now, shape the dough. I start by pressing the dough out into a circle (sometimes I use a rolling pin) then I pick it up and turn it around and around so that it starts to stretch…then I lay it out over an oiled metal pizza pan and stretch it some more (I want to get a job at an authentic pizza shop so I can learn to toss dough!). I like my pizzas super thin, so I really strrrreeeeettttttch it. You don’t have to do that it you don’t want to (duh). Sometimes holes break in my dough, so I just pinch off a little of the edge and fill in the hole.
Turn the dough out onto the pan you will be using to bake (of course, I use my Pampered Chef pizza stone, preheated to 450 degrees). Top as desired and bake at 450 for 8-10 minutes or until desired color is reached.
I’ll be posting some pizza recipes including toppings soon!