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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Source: Garden of Vegan

Makes two 14” crusts

  • 1 c warm water (not hot!)
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 pkg. active dry yeast (not instant)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil + 2 tsp for the rising bowl
  • 2 – 2.5 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cornmeal

Preparation:
1. Proof yeast: in a bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water and add the yeast. Let sit about 10 minutes in a warm place until the yeast gets foamy. Add olive oil.

2. In a medium sized bowl mix 2 cups whole wheat flour with salt. Add the flour to the liquid ingredients and stir around. Once it sticks together, turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface.

3. Knead the dough for about 13 minutes. Whenever it begins to stick to your hands, add a little bit more flour. Be careful, you don’t want to add too much flour or your crust will get tough.

4. Once it begins to get stretchy and elastic, for into a tight ball. Oil the dough and place it in a bowl, cover in cling wrap or a damp tea towel. Set it in a warm place for about an hour.

5. Once the dough has risen, punch it down and knead it for about a minute. Put it back in the bowl and let rest for an hour or two (if you’re really impatient, 10 minutes will do). You can also freeze the dough at this stage.

6. Preheat your oven to 500F or higher.

7. Cut your ball of dough in half, put half back in the bowl and cover.

8. Roll the other half into a bowl, use a rolling pin to roll it out until it is about a foot in diameter. Now pick it up by one side and let gravity help you stretch it out, work your hands around the edge of the dough, trying to keep it even. Stop when it looks like it’s close to tearing. (If you’re not into thin crust, just don’t stretch it out as much!)

9. Sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal and transfer the dough to the sheet.

10. At this point I like to prebake the crust for 2- 3 minutes, and then place my sauce and toppings on it. You don’t have to prebake the crust, but I am super paranoid about soggy pizza.

11. Bake until the pizza is to your liking, if you’re using soy cheese, you might want to turn your oven onto broil for a little bit until it begins to bubble.

Notes:
-Can precook some of veggies in a unoiled pan so that veggies are cooked thoroughly when the pizza is done.
-If you don’t like soy cheese, try Daiya, or try putting some avocado slices or guacamole on your pizza after it’s cooked.

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