Sunday, January 24, 2010

Homemade Wheat Pizza

This is so easy to make... you can make the dough in the morning and forget it.... until lunch or dinner whenever you plan on eating! The nice thing about making a pizza bar for the family is that they get to put on what they like and they have fun!!! I am the only Vegan in this house... so it works out great for everyone.

To start your dough... you will need...

1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
2 Cups White All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Warm Water
5 Teaspoons Yeast
1 Teaspoon Sugar
1 Tsp Salt
1/4 Cup Olive Oil

To make the Dough starter you pour your yeast and sugar into the water... set in a warm, dark place covered for about 5 minutes... Until you get a sponge. (My little secret is I heat a mug of water in the microwave.... about 4 minutes.  I set the mug in the corner of the micorwave and put the dough starter in the microwave.) By doing this you are providing a warm, moist, dark enviroment for the yeast to grow. In the mixer add all the flours, salt, oil and sponge.  Work with the dough hook for about 3-5 minutes.  If you are mixing by hand work the dough until well incorporated... about 5-8 minutes.  In a bowl.. pour a little olive oil and put your dough ball in and smooth on all sides with oil... cover with a kitchen towel and set aside to rise... remember the microwave trick.

Let the dough rise for at least 2 hours!!!

For the sauce... MMMmmmm the sauce.  I always make a huge batch cause this taste amazing!

2 28oz cans of crushed tomatoes... I use San Marzano Crushed Romas (only the best!)
4 Crushed and Chopped Garlic
1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil
1 Teaspoon Sugar
2 Teaspoons Salt

I throw everything in the Crock-Pot... and I let it do it's magic!!!
My kids hate chucky sauces... they will not eat it if the see chunks! Sometime during the cooking process I take a hand blender and blend it all up.  I usually cook this on low for about 6-8 hours.

When you are ready to make your pizza's set up all the toppings nicely so everyone can help themselves and get to work! The toppings I used for out Pizza's are:

Soy Motz Cheese
Organic Whole Milk Motz Cheese
Baby Bella Mushrooms
Sliced Red Onions
Vegan Italian Sausage
Organic Spinach
Hemp Seeds

Spread out your dough by hand or with a rolling pin... Make sure you use some flour so it does not stick when rolling out.  I pour some cornmeat on the pan to prevent from sticking.  If you are using a stone you don't have to do that!  Put your toppings and bake in a 450 degree oven for 15-20 minutes... I always check the bottom of the pizza after about 12 minutes and if it is not doughy .. it is done.  I like a think crispy dough.... so I cook a bit longer.

Vegan Pizza Before....

Vegan Pizza After...

Big Daddy's Pizza ...

1 comment:

  1. Num-Yummy. Pizza night is a favorite in our house. I do a honey wheat yums. Pickles (son) has been known to wake up in the middle of the night requesting pizza. Yes, he dreams of making pizza. That's my boy!!


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