Pizza. It’s by far one of my kid’s absolute favorite things to eat, just like most kids I assume. I am not above ordering out or even buying a frozen pizza but sometimes I like to make my own crust just for fun. It’s always really yummy and it gives me a good excuse to use my dough hook on my stand mixer. This honey wheat pizza crust is a new crust that I modified from one that I have been using for years, it’s subtly sweet with just a hint of honey and since it’s made with whole wheat flour, it’s better for you than traditional crust.
This crust is pretty easy to make and doesn’t take too much time either. It can be made with things you probably already have at home in your pantry too. The best thing about this dough is you can save some in the fridge or freezer for later when you don’t have time to cook!
- 1 cup warm water (lukewarm to the touch)
- 2¼ t (1 packet) active dry yeast
- 1½ t salt
- 3 T honey
- 2½ c white whole wheat flour
- 1 T extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 T cornmeal (for pan)
- To make the dough:
- Add your warm water to the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough attachment, and sprinkle the yeast inside. Give the yeast a quick stir to mix it in with the water and then let it sit for 10 minutes until the yeast is foamy.
- With the mixer on a low speed, gradually add the flour and then the honey, olive oil and salt. Increase speed to medium-low, and continue mixing the dough for 5 minutes.
- Remove dough from the mixing bowl, and use your hands to shape it into a ball. Grease the mixing bowl with a little bit of olive oil or non stick cook spray, then place the dough ball back in the bowl and cover it with a damp towel. Place the dough in a warm location and let it rise for 40-45 minutes until the dough has nearly doubled in size.
- Once it's ready, place the dough onto a floured surface, and it into a 12- to 14-inch round for a thick-crusted pizza, or divide it into smaller pieces for individual pizzas.
- Sprinkle a baking sheet evenly with the cornmeal, then place the dough on the baking sheet.
- For the pizza:
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Top the dough with your desired sauce and toppings and brush the crust with a few teaspoons of melted butter.
- For thick crust, bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the toppings are melted and cooked. For smaller pizzas, bake for 14-16 minutes.
Serve this with your favorite toppings and a nice salad and you have a balanced dinner that everyone will love! For this pizza, I just used a nice organic jarred sauce, but if you are looking for a simple pizza sauce, try this one I use too. You could even separate the dough into smaller pieces and give everyone their own personal pizza- which I can guarantee will make your kids eat more (especially if they are like mine!!)
What is your favorite pizza toppings for pizza night in your house?