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White Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

White whole wheat flour is a milder tasting whole wheat flour, but it still has the great health benefits of regular whole wheat flour. Parmesan cheese is the key to making this healthier pizza crust taste great! It helps crisp up the crust and adds structure and flavor to the dough! Another key to a crispy crust is a screaming hot oven, think pizza shop. Truly, my best pizza dough to date!
Do mind the tips and tricks; they really work, and can lessen any frustration with the dough (and probably other dough you’ve tried to make in the past).
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pizza
Servings: 4 pizzas
Author: Shelagh

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water (about 110-115 degrees which equates to very warm from the tap)
  • 1 T olive oil plus additional for brushing dough
  • 2 T honey
  • 2-1/4 tsp instant or rapid-rise yeast (one envelope)
  • 2-3/4 cup white whole wheat flour plus additional as needed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 tsp kosher salt (if using table salt, only use 1 teaspoon)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees. If you have a pizza stone, pop it on the bottom rack, or closest to your lower oven heat source. Otherwise, use two rimless cookie sheets, place one on the bottom rack (no parchment) to preheat, and use one as a pizza peel (A pizza peel is the flat wooden -or sometimes metal- paddle pizza shops use to transfer the pizza to the oven).
  • In a 2-cup glass measuring cup (use this for easy pouring into the food processor, whisk water, olive oil, honey, and yeast. Let sit 5 minutes or so. Pulse flour, Parmesan (the parm helps the crust crisp up and adds some great flavor, please don’t omit!), and salt in food processor until combined. With machine running, slowly pour in yeast mixture and process until dough pulls away from sides and forms ball, about 1 minute. (If the dough seems too sticky and stringy, add 1-2 tablespoons more flour.) Pop dough onto floured work surface and knead 3 or 4 times until nice and smooth (like a baby’s you know what, as they say!).
  • The food processor is so easy for making this dough, but use your heavy duty mixer with a dough hook if you prefer. Follow the same method, but knead for 5-8 minutes in the mixer. If you don’t have either food processor or mixer, you may certainly make this dough by hand. You will need to be sure the ingredients are fairly well combined in your bowl, then transfer to a floured surface and knead by hand for at least 8 minutes. Very therapeutic!
  • At this point, you may, but not necessary, let the dough rest in a bowl (brush a little olive oil over the dough, so it won’t dry out) for up to an hour. Use that time to get your pizza topping ingredients ready.
  • Dust a sheet (at least 12″ x 12″ or so) of parchment paper with flour. Divide dough into 4 equal balls. Working with 1 ball at a time on your counter, using a well floured rolling pin*, roll and stretch dough to form 9″ (or so) circle**. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and dust dough with flour. Repeat with remaining dough, stacking each round on floured parchment (to keep them separated).
  • Top with your favorite toppings and slide onto the pre-heated baking sheet (it’s all right to leave the parchment on the bottom, it makes pizza life much easier all around!) Bake for 10-12 minutes or until crust is crispy and cheese is golden brown.
  • Carefully remove from the oven, using the rimless sheet (or a pizza peel) and leave on the counter for a minute before cutting into it. Brush the crust with more olive oil (optional) or drizzle the whole pie with some nice olive oil.