Whole Wheat Margherita Pizza


YIELD: 10-inch thin to medium rise crust pizza


INGREDIENTS


Dough Ingredients

  • ½ cup lukewarm water

  • 1 tsp fast dry active yeast

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil + 1 ½ tsp to drizzle

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour + ¼ cup for work surface and kneading

Tomato Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • ½ tsp garlic powder

  • ½ tsp onion powder

  • ½ tsp dried oregano

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • 1 pinch of black pepper

Pizza Ingredients

  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella

  • 2/3 cup tomato sauce

Toppings

  • 2 Tbsp or 10-15 leaves of fresh basil, chiffonade or whole (substitute for 1 tsp dry basil)

  • Roma tomato, thinly sliced (¼ inch thick)


DIRECTIONS


Dough and Pizza Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix lukewarm water, yeast, and sugar. Let it rest for 15 minutes, until water mixture looks foamy.

  2. Mix in salt, 1 Tablespoon oil, and flour. Dough will begin to pull together. Sprinkle flour on a cutting board or countertop. Place dough on the floured surface and flour hands. Knead dough for 5 minutes.

  3. Drizzle 1 ½ teaspoons oil inside of bowl. Place dough back into oiled bowl. Cover with a warm towel, lid, or tin foil, if possible, and place the bowl in your kitchen cupboard. Let dough rise for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  4. While the dough is rising, make the tomato sauce (see below)

  5. Once the dough has risen, sprinkle flour on a clean work surface. Place dough on the work surface and lightly dust the dough with flour. Using your hands or a rolling pin, shape pizza so that it is 10 inches in diameter. Place on a baking sheet or cast iron skillet.

  6. Add 2/3 cup of tomato sauce, cheese, and tomato slices.

  7. Heat oven to 450 ˚F, cook for 14-16 minutes on the middle rack of oven (adjust rack BEFORE heating oven). Sprinkle basil on top. Cool for 5 minutes. Cut pizza into 6 slices and serve.

Tomato Sauce Directions

  1. On medium heat add all ingredients into a small pot or saucepan. Cover and wait for it to boil.

  2. Then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Take off heat and let it cool for 5 minutes. Serve on pasta or pizza.

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