Friday, November 23, 2012

Whole Wheat Pizza

I was able to buy a bag of whole wheat flour at Chocolate Lover in Cubao for Php 65 (2kg).  It's been a while since I last made a homemade pizza, so I thought of making one using whole wheat flour.

Don't get intimidated when it comes to baking.  The key is to follow instructions religiously and don't over mix (as it will toughen your bread, pastry, etc).  Never attempt to add more or lessen amount of ingredients on what the recipe calls for, specially if you're a newbie.  Baking is a combination of art and science, so don't mess with it unless you understand its technicalities.  :)  And mind you, not all recipes you find on the net are reliable.  Do more research before settling on a recipe.  As they say, practice makes it perfect.

Pizza Crust Ingredients:
Yield:  makes 4 12" thin crust pizzas

1/2 cup warm water (110 F)
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp olive oil
3 cups whole wheat flour

**If you don't want too much whole wheat taste on your crust and wanted it to be more glutinous, instead of 3 cups wwf, cut it down to 2 cups and add 1 cup of all purpose flour**

Margarita-Canadian Bacon Pizza Toppings Ingredients:
Yield for a 12" rectangle pizza

1/2 cup tomato sauce
125 g (or more) grated mozzarella cheese (optional, quickmelt cheese)
5-10 fresh basil leaves
2 slices of Canadian bacon cut in bite sizes

- Pour warm water on a bowl.  Dissolve sugar, then add yeast.  Let it stand for 5-10 minutes until mixture gets foamy.
- Add olive oil, salt and whole wheat flour.  Mix until it forms into a dough.

- Flour surface with all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour and knead your dough until it becomes smooth.
- Place dough in an oiled bowl, turning the dough over so as to coat it entirely with oil, and cover loosely with towel.
- Place covered bowl in a warm place and let dough rise for an hour.
- Once dough doubled its size, flour surface and cut dough in half.  Forming each into two balls.
- Let it rise for another 45 minutes in oiled bowls, covered and placed in a warm place.
- Heat oven to 425F.
- Roll out dough into desired shape and thickness.  I opted for a thin crust pizza.
- Place rolled out dough on a pan dusted with flour or cornmeal before adding toppings.

- Spread tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and toppings you like.  I made a Margarita Pizza with Canadian bacon.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and the edges turned golden brown.

I cut my prepared pizza dough prior to baking since it doesn't fit in the oven.


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