My “Better For You” Pizza Crust

My grandma was amazing at whipping out some pizza dough over the years and just a few tries and anyone can do this. It’s more simple than you’d think to make your own pizza dough. Why go to the effort you ask? It’s healthier for you than national pizza chains crust soaked with oil, and hugely it saves you a tons of money over ordering pizza for your family. One you do this recipe 3-4 times you’ll be hooked and you’ll be so good at it that you can just make the dough faster than you can find the number to order from your local pizza shop. So vow to try this for me, you’ll feel better about knowing what went into your families pizza and know it was a healthier, better choice!

1 packet dry active yeast (or 1 tablespoon)

1 cup very warm or hot water

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon dried basil

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 cup 100% whole wheat flour

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

If you have a stand mixer (such as a kitchen aid) put the dough hook attachment on. If not you can just use a mixing bowl and a wooden spoon for mixing, it just takes a little more arm strength. First, pour the warm water into your bowl, then sprinkle the yeast in and stir, bubbles will come to the top which is great. Keep stirring till yeast is dissolved in the water. Next add in salt, sugar, oil and basil, and stir for a few seconds. Next start adding in the flours in small amounts. I throw in 1 cup to start then in 1/2 cup increments after that. If using an electric mixer the dough ball will come together within a minute. If by hand about 30 strokes. After the ball forms work it with your hands into a nice ball. You may need a drizzle more olive oil if dry or  sprinkle some more flour on top of the dough ball if it seems to wet. Next, keep it in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and let dough rise for 10-15 minutes. Roll out on floured surface and transfer to a pizza pan, baking stone, or metal round pan. Top with red sauce, about 3 cups mozzarella cheese and any desired toppings. Let bake at 425* for 20-25 minutes until crust is golden brown. We had this pizza with salad last night for dinner and it was SO yummy! Try it for your family or friends tonight!

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3 thoughts on “My “Better For You” Pizza Crust”

  1. Yum, Yum!! Jessica, you’re amazing! My new Kitchen Aid stand mixer just got delivered this week, so now I can make the dough a lot easier! (I don’t have good arm muscles…LOL) Thanks for this recipe and the many others you post regularly 😉

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