PD1I love making creative and funky pizzas.  I am often inspired to make a new pizza creation when I find some nice fresh produce or some interesting sauce or oil.  The biggest challenge for me has always been the dough.  Most of the doughs available at the market tend to have things in them that I don’t necessarily want.  So I have been trying to make my own dough. 

However, up until recently, my doughs have only been adequate.  Over the years I have been trying to find the right combination of things to make the perfect dough.  I am please to announce that I have settled on what I now consider the perfect – and easiest – pizza dough recipe.

This recipe comes from trial and error and is the combination of several recipes I have used in the past.  In addition to great pizza dough – this can be used for rolls or even a nice heavy bread.

Ok, here it is:

LOST COWBOY’S WHOLE WHEAT PIZZA DOUGH

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 ½ cups whole-wheat flour (or 2 cups plus ½ cup wheat germ)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  • Dissolve yeast in water in a large bowl and let stand, for about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in 2 cups all-purpose flour and salt.
  • Stir in whole-wheat flour and remaining all-purpose flour a little at a time, until dough comes away from bowl but is still sticky.
  • Place dough on a floured kneading surface, knead, until smooth and the dough springs back when poked – about 10 minutes.
  • Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place for about 2 ½ hours.
  • Dough can be split into six portions for a 10 – 12 inch pizza – or rolled into balls for rolls or place in bread pans for bread.

Use the dough to make your favorite pizza and have fun!

I like to the dough to make a couple of pizzas right away and freeze the rest for the future.