Last exam period, C and I went through several boxes of Costco frozen pizzas. This time I was determined that I would eat healthier while studying like mad. So one Friday, I whipped up a batch of pizza dough and made a pepperoni pizza. It was delish. So good, that a few days later I made up another batch – this time a double – and C and I made 2 pepperoni and 2 Hawaiian pizzas for our own “frozen pizzas”. The dough is really easy, but does take some time in the rising department.
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Yield: 1 large (serves 4) or 2 small (serves 2) pizzas
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 cup lukewarm water (may need up to 1 or 2 tablespoons more)
2 tablespoon olive oil
Stir together dry ingredients, including yeast, in a large bowl. Add water and olive oil, and stir mixture into a ball.
Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead into a ball. Knead for one to two minutes. (If it is not coming together, cover the dough with the bowl and let it rest for a few minutes, then try again).
Lightly oil the inside of the bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and turn it over so that all sides are coated in oil. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and leave it to rise for one to two hours until it has doubled in size.
Once the first rise is finished, dump the dough back onto the floured surface and gently press the air out of the dough with the palm of your hands. Then fold it back into a ball shape and let it sit under plastic wrap for another 20 minutes.
Bake on the lower rack of the oven at 450F for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the crust is browned and lightly blistered.