And, what better than to start off with whole wheat pizza base.. its not 100% whole grain but it is most optimal inclusion of whole wheat and tastes just as good as it’s white counterpart if not better!
Presenting to you, 2/3 whole wheat and 1/3 all purpose flour pizza base.
And guess what! it freezes well too!!!! Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Lets get started..
1 1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour + extra for dusting
If you trust your yeast is in good condition, you can skip this step- Dissolve yeast in water and let it sit for 5 minutes until it turns frothy. If it doesn’t turn frothy it means that yeast is not functional anymore and its time to buy a new pack. Like I said before, if you know your yeast then skip it and mix yeast into the dry ingredients.
Mix all the dry ingredients and honey and mix.
Now add water a little at a time and start kneading. The dough should be quite sticky. Knead for about 10 minutes or until it starts to come together, it will still be sticky but a little less.
Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover the bowl with cling film. Allow it to rest until dough doubles in size, about an hour.
Gently deflate the dough and divide it into balls 2.5 – 3 inch diameter.
Use a rolling pin to make 1/2 inch thick circle on slightly floured surface. I do it directly on a parchment paper which I then use for baking. Cover it with a cling film and let it rest for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven @ 230 degrees C.
When the oven is ready, bake each bread for 5 minutes and let it cool.
Your pizza base is ready!
How to store-
Place each bread in separate baking or food wrap paper and then wrap it two rounds of cling film. Stack them up and store in freezer.
To reuse frozen bread-
Let it thaw at room temperature, takes about 3 hours so plan your pizza in advance. I will recommend against defrosting in microwave as it can make the bread dry.
For making pizza-
Preheat oven @ 200 degrees C.
Put your favourite toppings on the pizza base and bake for 12 minutes. If you like extra crispy edges like I do, then bake for another 3 minutes more or less depending on your preference and oven.
My quick fix for pizza includes –
A layer of tomato puree + tomato ketchup + dry italian herbs + fresh basil leaves + salt and pepper. Stir them up in a cup and spread it leaving 1/2 inch around the edge.
ps: Basil is extremely easy to grow at home. In fact you can use the pack of basil that you got from the grocery store. Google and read up online, there are lot of resources out there.
Next, stir fried vegetables or chicken seasoned with salt and pepper or your left over semi dry curry (veg or non veg) or stir fried vegetables or chicken in your favourite sauce such as barbecue or teriyaki. Options are endless.
Shredded cheese goes on top. Go for a mix o