The recipe is as follows: using a bread machine with the dough function, add 1 1/2 cups of warm water, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 TBSP salt, 1 1/2 tsp of sugar, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 2 1/2 cups of bread flour, and 2 1/4 tsp active yeast (Optional: add ground up rosemary, basil or garlic powder to the dough for more flavor). Turn on the bread machine and run it on the dough setting (takes about an hour and a half on my bread machine). Once the dough is done, break it off in to 8 pieces and using a lightly floured surface, roll them into little balls (pictured above). After you're done with the dough, grab a large skillet and turn on the stove to medium high heat with nothing in the pan.
At this point it is much easier if you have a Silpat or Silpin surface. I prefer my Silpin because it has a guide on it to show me how big the circle is. My Silpin mat was also a lot cheaper than my Silpat- go figure! We're going to roll the dough out to be about 10 inches round.
Lightly flour the surface and ball, and grab a rolling pin.
Roll out the dough until it's about 10 inches round and very thin.
Pinch around the sides. You're doing this for two reasons, 1.) to help keep your toppings on your pizza later, and 2.) for looks. It looks more like gourmet pizza to me if it's an abnormally shaped crust for some reason....
After you have one crust ready, toss it in the skillet. You'll toast each side about two minutes. My schedule goes like this: toss dough on skillet, while it's cooking go and roll out another dough ball, go and flip the crust over, and while that side is cooking go and pinch the crust on the dough ball you just rolled out. Once the dough on the skillet is nice and crisp, take it off and toss on the next one.
Oh yeah- bubbles will happen. If you see one of these above....
smash it with your spatula!
This recipe will make 8 crusts, which you can either use right then and there for dinner, or you can put them in the fridge for a couple of days, or even the freezer for a couple of months. This crust is not only good for pizza, but as flat bread for sandwiches, dipping into hummus, etc. The sauce? I use 12 ounces of hot water, 2 cans of tomato paste, 3 cloves of garlic minced, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp cayenne powder, 1/2 tsp ground pepper, 1 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp marjoram, 1/2 tsp basil and 3 TBSP honey. Mix well and store in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, but it can be made the day before or frozen into a Ziploc bag.
Toppings? Well, that's the fun part! We all get to make our own! Here we have bell peppers, jalapenos, olives, mushrooms, ricotta, feta cheese, turkey Canadian bacon, sun dried tomatoes, sliced artichoke hearts, spinach and arugula. Oh- and mozzarella cheese!
The pizza then goes into an oven set to 450 for about 6-7 minutes. If you want to add arugula, spinach or basil leaves to the pizza, add them in the last minute or so. This is a fun thing to make in the summertime when you don't want to heat up your house using the oven, this dough works great directly on the barbecue, using fresh summer veggies like zucchini, bell peppers and tomatoes. You can thank me later :)