homemade pizza dough

On Thursdays I am relegated to the kitchen to cook dinner because my loving husband makes dinner (nearly) every other weeknight.  Lean Cuisines are not acceptable, unfortunately, and I actually have to cook on a weeknight.  The horror!  A favorite recipe of mine is whole wheat pizza dough.  It is easy to make and can be frozen or refrigerated to use later (perfect for preparing the day before guests arrive).  Of course the topping possibilities are endless and make for a delicious and (potentially) nutritious meal.  For my husband’s 30th birthday we had a pizza making contest with friends which was loads of fun and sparked very creative topping ideas.  Here is a pizza dough recipe that I have tweaked and made many times.  Also, a pizza stone will change your life so make sure to invest in one immediately if not sooner.  

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups warm water

One tablespoon active dry yeast

1/4 cup plus one tablespoon olive oil

Two tablespoons sugar

Two teaspoons coarse salt

Two cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 cups bread flour

1/2 cup flaxseed flour

Directions:

Sprinkle active dry yeast over warm water in a bowl and let sit until foamy.  Meanwhile, sift together the flours in a separate bowl.  Whisk in the salt, sugar, and 1/4 cup olive oil to the water mixture.  Stir the flours in using a wooden spoon until blended and sticky.  Place dough in a glass bowl and coat with the remaining olive oil.  

Cover the bowl with a cotton towel and set in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size (it should take between 30-60 minutes).

Place the dough on a floured surface, knead for a few minutes, and then roll out using a rolling pin.   

Our toppings tonight: Spicy marinara, cheese, onions, peppers, olive, mushrooms, and lots of cayenne pepper.  Feta and curried chicken as well which I will add at the end.  

The finished product!  Enough for two dinners and lunches.  

I love trying interesting pizzas so please share if you have any delicious topping ideas!

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