Monday, May 17, 2010

Basic Pizza Dough

Basic Pizza Dough

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry yeast
2/3 cup warm water
1 teaspoon honey
1 Tablespoon olive oil

Add yeast and honey to the warm water, stir to dissolve and set aside.  Mix the flour and salt.  After the yeast mixture bubbles, stir it into the flour mixture and add the olive oil.  Mix and knead the dough until smooth.  Cover and let rise for 20 minutes in a warm place.

Heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  After the dough nearly doubles, roll it out on a floured surface and place in greased pizza pan or on heated pizza stone, dusted with cornmeal.

Top with ingredients.  Start with Parmesan cheese, then add tomatoes.  I used fire-roasted whole tomatoes; purchased because I already used up all my canned whole tomatoes.  Just scoop up a tomato and give it a gentle squeeze to release some of the liquid, then place the tomato pieces on the crust.  Add any ingredient you choose.  I used sliced mushrooms, goat cheese and arugula.

Bake at 425 degrees until cheese is melted and crust is crisp, approximately 15 minutes.  Enjoy!