Galganov's Free and Easy Recipe for 50 % Whole Wheat Pizza Dough!

This recipe makes:
1 - 16" (40 cm),  2 - 14" (35 cm)  or  3 - 10" (25 cm)
pizza crusts.

To make this 50 % Whole Wheat Pizza Dough recipe you will need:

  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • mixing bowl
  • wood spoon
  • a whisk (whip) would be a nice extra
  • a tool or tools (ie, a knife and chopping board to mince garlic and herbs
  • a suitable cover for the bowl (for the rising stage)
  • a rolling pin
  • an oiled baking sheet or other appropriate pizza baking device

 

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  The required ingredients for this 50 % Whole Wheat Pizza Dough recipe are:
  • 1 C water
  • 1 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed, minced or as you like it)
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp salt (a little less or more as prefered)
  • 1.5 tsp sugar (a little less or more as prefered)
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 3 Tbsp flax - milled (optional)
  • 1/3 C durum semolina
  • 3/4 to 1 1/2 C whole wheat
  • about 1 C all purpose (or bread or strong) flour
  • a little oil to coat the dough
  • a little cornmeal on which to stretch the dough (optional)

Method I:

  1. Put 1 cup warm water into the bowl and gradually sprinkle the yeast over the water allowing each pellet of yeast to get wet (this means: don't just dump the yeast into the water). Allow the yeast/water to sit for about five minutes (for the yeast to soften) then with the wooden spoon (or better, a whisk) beat the yeast until it is fully dissolved.
  2. To the yeast mixture, add 1 clove crushed or minced garlic, 4 tsp olive oil, 1 1/2 tsp sugar, 1 1/2 tsp salt, a pinch cayenne, 1 1/2 tsp basil, and 1 tsp oregano and mix vigerously.
  3. Stir in the optional 3 Tbsp flax and 1/3 C durum semolina and mix well.
  4. Put in between 3/4 and 1 1/2 C whole wheat flour (more than 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour and the crust takes on a little bit of a grainy texture. We prefer between 3/4 and 1 cup).
  5. Mix very well - about 100 strong strokes with the spoon until the batter is nice and smooth.
  6. Add 1/2 cup of flour mixing the dough by hand once it becomes too stiff to mix with the spoon.
  7. Add additional flour, 1/4 cup at a time only until the dough no longer sticks to the hands. Knead the dough with a push-and-turn motion until it's silky smooth and begins to feel responsive under your hands - about 5 to 8 minutes (about 5 minutes with a dough hook) dusting it only a bit if it sticks to your hands as you knead.
  8. Form the dough into a flattish ball and apply a coat of oil to the surface and return it to the bowl.
  9. Cover the bowl and put it in a warm, draft-free place (we use the oven with the light on).
  10. Let the dough rise for about 70 minutes.

You may, at this interval, wish to oil your pizza pan and prepare toppings for the next step.

Method II:

  1. Remove the dough from the bowl to a lightly floured work surface.
    (As an option, spread some cornmeal on the working surface instead of flour - stretch your dough on bit of cornmeal.)
    Flatten out the ball of dough to work out the air bubbles and cover it with a towel. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
  2. form the dough to fit your pan, dress your pizza and bake it, on the lowest shelf in your oven (not the oven floor), at 425o F (220o C) until the crust is cooked and the cheese starts to turn golden.

 

Tips & Tricks:
  • Not using all the dough? Form extra crusts and freeze them for instant pizza another day!

The Background Story
  Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Spicy Olive and Green Onion Pizza

The Pizza adventure continues. This time it's in the form of a whole wheat pizza crust.

These days dietary health is more forefront on our minds and we don't think pizza has to be junk food. One has the choice to use more health and diet conscious ingredients. Besides, it's fun to enjoy different flavours sometimes.

Whole wheat, having almost double the dietary fibre of white flour, is a good choice but we don't think one should have to sacrifice good flavour for healthy food. By using only 50 % whole wheat, this fun food yields an extra 25 % dietary fibre - good deal!

To us, 3/4 cup or as much as 1 cup of whole wheat in this recipe provides an optimally textured, fiber enhanced option for this popular fast food entree. Some will like more whole wheat while others will enjoy less. Take the adventure - try it for yourself. We only enjoy a maximum of about 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat in pizza.

This recipe uses durum semolina. Durum semolina contributes to the texture of the crust. If this ingredient is unavailable you may need to compensate with a little extra flour but the recipe will still work perfectly well.

This recipe also uses milled flax seed as a way to add, to your diet, a little soluble, dietary fibre; omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E that contribute to the make-up of the flax seed. Doesn't interest you? Leave it out. This recipe will still work properly.

Essentially, all herbs and spices are optional - we like the flavours they contribute to the pie. This recipe does prefer at least some salt and sugar although these ingredients may be reduced a bit.

Did you know? Basil is exceptionally high in fiber!

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