Homemade Pizza… One Dough = variety of meals!

Ok, yes a very late post but it has been wild around here! You would think Christmas break would be quiet and lazy, but I don’t think I have ever had one of those – especially not this one!  For Christmas Eve this year I made Pizza! There is something about taking something simple and ordinary and creating it yourself.  I have this thing about wanting to make everything that I could buy in the store myself – of course there are exceptions, but not many!  I would rather buy the ingredients and make the product than just buy the product. Time is usually the issue for me, but when I am home I usually try to make things because I dont have school all day can and because there are several other bellies to share it with and give me feedback!

So, the pizza Recipe starts of course with the dough:

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 1 pkg or 2.5 teaspoons of yeast
  • 1.5 cups water warm
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups white flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 T honey or other sugar

Also…

  • italian seasoning
  • cornmeal
  • pizza sauce
  • cheese
  • desired additional toppings

Directions:

  • Combine the warm water and yeast and let sit for about 5 minutes until frothy
  • Add 1 cup white flour and the honey/sugar and beat for 3 minutes
  • slowly stir in the remaining flour ~ 1 cup at a time
  • knead for 5 minutes on a lightly floured surface. you may need to add a bit more flour if your dough is too sticky. I like the dough at an elastic consistency and not sticky, but definitely not dry
  • Divide the dough into 2 balls for 2 smaller pizzas or keep together for one large, cover and let rest for about 10-15 minutes so it does not dry out.
  • In the meantime prepare your pan. Spray or lightly grease the pan and sprinkle all over with cornmeal. (If any of your toppings need heated or cooked, that process can be started)
  • Pre-heat oven to about 400F with a rack in the center of the oven.
  • Once the dough has rested, roll it out on a lightly floured surface to desired thickness and put onto pan.  This dough does well thin or thick.  We did one thicker, one thinner and also had some left to do a “Chicago style” in a pie pan. I like to sprinkle the dough with italian seasoning, then lightly brush olive oil over the dough (crust too) so it will stay crispy under all the toppings. 
  • Let the dough rest again for 10-15 few minutes while you prepare your toppings.
  • I usually put the pizza sauce on followed by some cheese then put whatever toppings we decide on followed by more cheese!
  • Bake at 400F until the crust is a very light golden brown. You can also test underneath of the pizza by slightly  lifting up the side and looking  for golden brown pizza bottom.  Lastly, the pizza is done if the cheese is all melted well and when the crust sounds “hallow” when tapped.

Other ideas – One dough, variety! I like that you can take this dough and make any kind of pizza you want, make thin or thick crusts, or create it into the following:

This dough works for breadsticks!

  • after the dough rests in the above directions, roll it out and slice it in desired thickness of “sticks”, brush it with olive and oil and continue the process from there with cheese or just seasoning! Yum!

This dough works for a calzone!

  • follow the same steps above with a few exceptions – only put cornmeal where the calzone will be rather than all over the pan. You can make the calzone on the counter and transfer it to your pan or make it on the pan for less mess. SOmehow  Let the dough rest rolled out in a circle and then put toppings on half of the dough and fold the dough over to make a complete half circle.  Pinch the dough around the edges to contain all that goodness inside and cut some thin slats in the top for steam to escape and bake!

Here are 2 of our Christmas Eve Pizzas!

smoked ham and pineapple / meat, olive and mushroom

all chicken with spinach on half and mushrooms on the other with all over olives

Hope you try and enjoy! Pizza will never be the same again! 🙂

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