Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Homemade Honey-Wheat Pizza Crust

     Although we generally prefer going down to Shakespeare's and getting their fresh wheat crust to take home to make homemade pizza (their dough is delicious and an absolute steal), we've long been trying to come up with a homemade pizza dough that's fairly tasty.  To be honest, it's never something we've completely nailed, though this is the closest we've come thus far.  All in all, it's a pretty good crust, but we can't get it to crisp up as much as we'd like (maybe this has something to do with our oven, as compared to professional pizza ovens?).  However, this is a good recipe to take forward and continue tweaking! I can't remember where the inspiration for the base recipe came from (several different recipies online, I believe), but here's what we came up with. 

     Ingredients (For one large pizza)
       -1 cup whole-wheat flour
       -1 cup all-purpose flour
       -1/3 cup cornmeal
       -1 heaping tablespoon dried yeast
       -1 tablespoon honey
       -1 cup warm water
       -1 teaspoon garlic powder
       -1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
       -1/4 teaspoon salt
       -1 tablespoon olive oil

       Begin by mixing the dried yeast in the warm water, and let it proof (rise/bubble) for 10 minutes or so.  Mix proofed yeast mixture with the other ingredients, gradually, using a mixer and dough hook.  When thoroughly combined and smooth, place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp towel, and place in a just slightly warm oven to raise for 15 minutes or so.  To get the oven temperature about right, set your oven for 350 degrees, and let it heat for 60 seconds (not 60 seconds after the oven has hit 350) before turning it off; then place the dough inside.  After the dough has risen, turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll out to desired size/thickness.  Top with your favorite toppings, and bake, on a pizza pan (next time we might try our pizza stone?) at 475 degrees, on the top rack, for 10 minutes or until crust is done and toppings are bubbly.  Enjoy!     

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