When we first got married, my football playing husband told me that Sunday nights were "pizza nights" at his house growing up. I assumed he meant we would call Dominoes. I was wrong. He meant, we would make homemade pizza from scratch on Sunday nights. Using yeast and everything. Eeks! I don't like cooking with yeast. I prefer quick breads and self-rising stuff. It sounded so complicated. Therefore, he took over and began making us homemade pizza from scratch almost every weekend. Over the last 8 years, I've watched him and you know what...it isn't that complicated. The best part is that Andrew took his family recipe and tweaked it himself making it even better (and healthier!). This pizza dough recipe is a Mix and Match Mama's dream. It's a blank canvas for whatever toppings you love PLUS it makes enough dough for TWO pizzas (so we freeze one and have it on a busy week night). Bliss! So, thanks to my sweet hubby, this is what's for dinner tonight:
1 cup water
1 package of yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cups whole wheat flour
Corn meal for dusting
Toppings for pizza
Preheat oven to 475 degrees
In mixing bowl, combine water, yeast, salt, sugar, EVOO and wheat flour. Combine until it reaches a pizza dough-y consistency. Remove from bowl and knead a few minutes. On two greased baking sheets, sprinkle corn meal over top. Divide dough in half and roll out each half onto the two baking sheets. Top with your favorite sauces, meats, veggies and cheese. Foil wrap and freeze one pizza. Place the remaining pizza on lower rack in oven and bake 12-15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and toppings are browned.
Andrew mixing ingredients
Kneading the dough
We dust each greased baking sheet with corn meal.
Andrew has rolled out the dough and is crimping the edges down.
I mean, come on! A whole wheat pizza that you can feel good about eating. Crazy brilliant!
When you're ready to eat your frozen pizza, simply preheat the oven to 475, place pizza on bottom oven rack but this time bake a little longer (between 15-18 minutes). How simple is that?!