We loooooove pizza around here
(well not as much as my sister-in-law loves pizza)
but since Reny is a food snob a little picky about what he eats, and there is seriously only one place that he will get pizza from, and it is on the scariest place on Earth Germantown Pkwy, (i.e. big box store heaven), we NEVER want to drive out there and contend with all the cars on an 8-lane “parkway”
So – we make our own.
And since Ren started eating pizza with us, we make (insert Reny eye-roll) wheat crust!
Reny’s Whole Wheat Crust
This recipe will make 2 10″ pizzas
We double it and par-bake 2 crusts to freeze
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons lukewarm water (110˚)
2 tsp active dry yeast
1 cup unbleached bread flour
1 cup wheat flour
(you can also just use 2 cups of bread flour – but NOT 2 cups of only wheat)
1/2 cup lukewarm water (110˚)
1/2 tsp salt
1. To make a sponge, combine 1/4 cup + 2 T. lukewarm water, yeast, and 1/4 cup of the (we use wheat here) flour in a large bowl. Let stand for 20 minutes until it bubbles up
2. Add the remaining 1 3/4 cups flour, 1/2 cup lukewarm water and salt
If using wheat flour, incorporate the ingredients and let sit for 5 minutes so that the wheat flour hydrates
3. Knead dough with dough hook on medium speed for 7 minutes or by hand for 15 minutes
4. Shape dough into a ball and place into a bowl coated with cooking spray. Let rise for 1 hour
5. After the dough has risen, cut into 2 (or 4 shown here since we doubled the recipe) pieces, shape into balls, and let rest in the fridge until you are ready to bake!
Putting it all together ….
We are purists … we just use the mini food prep to make a simple sauce with the yummy Cento tomatoes! They already have basil in them, feel free to add a little oregano and/or garlic if you so choose
Fresh basil, yellow peppers, tomato, mozzarella balls – yum!
6. Preheat your oven to 500˚
7. If using a pizza stone (which is already in the preheated oven): Shape your pizza dough and place on a pizza peel dusted with cornmeal (or flour). Brush lightly with olive oil (this prevents the dough from becoming soft) Top with whatever your heart desires and bake for 7-10 minutes (keep an eye on it!)
8. If using a baking sheet: Shape your pizza dough and place on an oiled baking sheet. Brush lightly with olive oil and top with your desired toppings! Bake for 10-15 minutes (keep and eye on it!)
9. Here at the Alfonso house we love to top our pizza’s with fresh basil! Yum! Yum!
(Ignore the Thanksgiving bib)
Lovin’ Da-Da’s pepperoni pizza!