Classic whole wheat Pizza base ๐Ÿ•

Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you were supposed to be ?

Life moves on and life will sort itself out, and even if itโ€™s all different than what we expected, life does, always, adapt. And so will you. Be you. Life will adjust, just like I was forced to find a whole wheat pizza base recipe which my kids would prefer. Even though I always despised giving white flour to my kids, it wasnโ€™t until I realised I was all out of white flour that I was forced to experiment with whole wheat flour. Never stop learning.. because life never stops teaching โ™ฅ๏ธ.

I was truly amazed how good this whole wheat pizza base actually tastes!!! Itโ€™s a little more effort than my easy peasy cheesy pizza base (posted earlier in my blog), but if you are like me and a racist of sorts when it comes to food.. (who likes brown to white๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜„) .. this is a sure winner with kids !!!

Enjoy baking ๐Ÿฅฐโ™ฅ๏ธ !

Ingredients: (Makes two 12 inch pizza)

Yeast – 1 tbsp

Lukewarm Water – 1 1/2 cups

Sugar – 1 1/2 tsp

Whole wheat flour -3 cups

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Semolina/cornmeal – for dusting the pan

Olive oil – to grease the mixing bowl after kneading the dough and for brushing the pizza base before baking.

Method :

1. In a large bowl mix yeast, sugar and lukewarm water. Stir and let it sit for 5 mins until the yeast dissolves and starts frothing. Add whole wheat flour and salt. Mix dough ingredients by hand or a mixer with a dough hook until it comes together. I prefer doing it by hand, I find it therapeutic ๐Ÿ˜€. ( But each to their own ). If dough is too wet, add 1 tablespoon of whole wheat flour at a time. (A 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup can be added, if needed. Remember the water absorption of the flour you use and the humidity of the place are all factors to consider). Knead for 2-3 minutes by hand on a lightly floured surface and roll into a ball.

2. Place dough in a mixing bowl greased with olive oil and seal it tightly with cling film. Let it rise for 60mins – 90mins (again depending on how warm the weather in your region is).

3. Punch down the risen dough to release the air bubbles. Divide in 2.

4. Using a rolling pin, roll out each ball of dough into a 12 inch circle. Dust the pizza pan with semolina/ cornmeal and place the dough onto the pan. Brush with olive oil lightly and half bake in a preheated at 200 C oven for 5-7 mins. Take out from the oven and put the desired topping beginning with cheese and ending with cheese and bake for another 10 mins. Serve warm.

Add a pinch of โ™ฅ๏ธ:

Pizza dough is a lean dough, which means it doesnโ€™t use eggs or butter. So you are promised a crispier pizza crust. But I would recommend brushing olive oil on the dough/ bowl atleast before you keep it for rising and brushing olive oil on the rolled out pizza before adding the topping, to ensure the topping doesnโ€™t make the crust soggy. Donโ€™t forget to add a tbsp of semolina or cornmeal ( whateverโ€™s in hand ) to dust the pizza pan to give an added flour and crisp.

xoxo,

Sareeka โ™ฅ๏ธ

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