Friday, June 26, 2009

Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough

This recipe makes two 12 x 18 square pizzas or four large calzones.

1 1/4 cups very hot tap water
2 envelops active dry yeast
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil tablespoons olive oil

Add yeast to tap water. Set aside for a few minutes to let the yeast proof. If a bit of foam appears on the top of the water, the yeast is okay to use. If no foam appears, throw out the yeast and use another package.

Place flour in a large bowl. Whisk in salt and sugar. Add water with yeast and 1/4 of olive oil. Mix until slightly sticky dough has formed. Add more flour, one tablespoon at a time, if necessary. Kneed the dough for two or three minutes in the bowl.

With the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, coat the sides of a large bowl. Put the pizza dough inside and cover the top of the bowl with plastic wrap. Place the bowl in a warm, draft-free place and allow dough to rise for about one hour.

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