Thursday, April 21, 2011

Whole Wheat Pizza/Bread Dough

Top: Risen dough  Bottom: Dough before rising
This is a whole wheat dough that can be used as pizza or bread dough.  It is a hardy dough that can be used straight away or be deflated and frozen.  Freeze it in one loaf portions in small ziplock bags.  Then, you can take it out in the morning to defrost and rise while you are at school or work. That evening, you can have a fresh loaf of bread or homemade pizza.  Also my family grinds our own wheat, which we use in this recipe rather then unbleached flour and whole wheat flour.  You can do this as well by buying a wheat grinder and hard winter wheat. You'll love this country style dough. We use a NutriMill Wheat Grinder and hard winter wheat we buy at the Bosch Kitchen Center.

Country Pizza/Bread Dough 
4 cups unbleached flour 
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons sea salt 
1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast (2 teaspoons active dry yeast)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons room temperature water (110-120F)

  1. Either by hand or with a electric mixer, combine all the ingredients and mix them for one minute until it forms a coarse, sticky dough ball. 
  2. Let the dough rest for five minutes, then mix again to make a smooth dough.
  3. Let it rise again.
  4. At this point you can either make it into a pizza or a loaf of bread.  You could also deflate it and freeze it at this point. (Makes five 8-ounce pizzas)

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