Simple Healthy Pizza Dough

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There are about as many recipes for pizza dough as there are people who enjoy it, which is everyone.  I was not looking for a new pizza dough recipe.  The thing is, this one totally fit my husband’s needs.  I’m not using refined flour, which is almost impossible for Paul to digest, not to mention that if for some reason it happens, not only his delicate stomach will suffer, also his skin.  I did things my way, which means that not only I took my sweet time, but also, I prepared my very own tomato sauce, for example. You don’t have to do it, but to me is healthier. Of course, everyone has a different idea of what constitutes eating “healthy”. So,  enjoy preparing your own dough, toss on whatever topping you love and make sure you enjoy every single bite!

Simple healthy pizza dough

500 gr. whole wheat flour ( I prefer King Arthur organic white whole wheat flour )

7      gr. dry yeast ( I do not recommend fast rising yeast )

1      glass water or milk

3      tbsp vegetable oil

30   gr. butter

1/2 tsp salt

In a large bowl, combine the flour and yeast.  Make a hole in the center and pour water or milk.  Let it sit for 10 minutes.  Mix with the rest of ingredients and work with your hands until the dough is soft.

Wrap in a damp cloth and let it sit until double size for no less than an hour.  Is even better if you prepare the dough at night, stick it to the fridge, and you use the next day; but this is optional.  The dough should be soft and elastic.

For best results use a pizza stone.  Make sure the stone is very hot before you use it, let it preheat in a 425 degree oven for 20 minutes ( if you have electric stove, then preheat in a 325 degree oven for 15 minutes).

Work the dough with your hands to make a nice regular pizza or if is too hard, you can use a rolling pin.  Place dough in the pizza stone and season with olive oil.  Make little holes with a fork, that way you make sure is not going to have bubbles.  Bake it for about 10 minutes until it’s lightly gold.

Take out and toss in whatever topping or multiple toppings. One of our favorites toppings is onions and mushrooms; cut them finely and there’s absolutely no need to precook.  Bring it back to oven for another 15 minutes or until impossible to resist…!

Makes 2 regular pies or 1 regular and 1 sicilian*.

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* Sicilian pizza is, here is my explanation (rather short, by the way):  Typically, a square pie with dough over an inch thick and was introduced in the States by the first Sicilian immigrants.

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