Add a healthier touch to pizza night with this homemade whole wheat pizza dough! While some whole wheat pizza dough can be a bit dense, this dough produces a perfectly chewy and crispy crust. Bonus: it’s super freezer-friendly.
It’s time for another Recipe Redux challenge! This month, we were given the task to experiment with yeast breads:
Turn on your ovens! Be it tried and true traditional yeast bread, or one of the new trendy protein-added breads, show us what you’re baking. Whether sourdough or bread with added-veggies, don’t forget to tell if it makes great toast too
While there are a bunch of breads on my to-make list, pizza dough has always been one that I keep meaning to make but then break down and buy store-bought dough. I’ve made pizza dough once before (not counting my short-cut whole wheat pizza dough), and it was delicious! However, it was also more of a deep-dish style as it included butter and white flour. My goal for this challenge was to find a go-to whole wheat pizza dough recipe, and I think I’ve succeeded!
For the yeast, I used packets of fast rise yeast (store brand), which worked great! However, each packet is about 1 ½ tsp of yeast and you’ll need 1 tablespoon for this recipe. So if you hate having partially used yeast packets lying around I recommend buying a container of yeast instead.
While there is the 1-2 hour wait for it to rise, making pizza dough is relatively simple. The key, as with all dough recipes, is to slowly add in the flour. You will for sure need 3 cups of whole wheat flour, but after that, I recommend adding in additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough is no longer sticky.
To make this dough even easier, I recommend using a stand mixer with a bread hook attachment. But if you don’t have a bread hook, you can just kneed the dough by hand. Another tip if you live in a cold climate (or just keep your house on the cooler side): let your dough rise in a warmed oven. To do this, preheat your oven to 200F then turn off the oven. Let it cool off slightly for 10-20 minutes. Meanwhile, place dough in a greased mixing bowl, cover with a clean towel, and place in the oven for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Again, make sure to turn off your oven before putting the dough in!
Because I was making this dough for a green chili pizza, I added a teaspoon of green chili juice to the batter (that’s why you can see flecks of green chilis in the pictures). But feel free to adjust the flavorings to match the pizza toppings (or leave out any additional flavors if looking for a straight-forward pizza crust). If you’re making a traditional Italian pizza, I think a bit of garlic powder and dried oregano would be delicious additions!
Be sure to check back on Friday for a Colorado-inspired pizza! But until then here are some of my favorite pizza recipes on the blog:
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Ah – I really needed a great pizza dough recipe – this looks fantastic!
Thanks Ginger! If you give it a try, let me know how it turns out 🙂
That is the most beautiful homemade pizza I’ve ever seen! I love to make a honey-whole wheat pizza dough
Aw thank you Anne! Honey-whole wheat pizza dough sounds amazing!
Yum! I love a good home made pizza crust!
It just makes pizza night a little more special 🙂
Yum looks good! I love homemade pizza dough.
Thanks Becca! It really does make a difference making it from scratch.