- It's easier to roll out a small ball of dough, and less messy to transfer the small rolled-out “crust” to the pan
- Everyone gets to add the toppings they like
- Kids love having their own little pizza for lunch
Here is the pizza dough recipe from the Food Network that I've been using for years. My version has the exact same ingredients, but the instructions are modified for our bread machine:
Bread Machine Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
1 package dry yeast
1 ¼ cups lukewarm water
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp honey
½ tsp salt
1.Pour water and yeast into bowl of bread machine and let sit for 5 minutes or until bubbles form.
2.Add the rest of the ingredients and set bread machine on “pizza dough.”
3.When dough cycle is complete, turn dough out onto a floured surface. Cut dough into thirds (each third makes a big pizza). These sections can be frozen for future use at this point. Take one section and cut it into four pieces for individual pizzas.
4.Roll dough out to desired thickness and move to a baking sheet. Top with your favorite sauce, cheese, and toppings.
5.Bake at 450 degrees for 7-8 minutes for a thin-crust pizza... longer if your pizza is thicker.
Why stop there? Get crazy and make one of these sweet yet healthy pizzas:
Fruit pizza – Bake a crust without toppings and let cool. Top with light cream cheese or greek yogurt and your favorite fruit.
Peanut butter banana pizza – Bake a crust without toppings and let cool. Top with peanut butter and banana slices....yum!
Chocolate berry pizza – Bake a crust without toppings and let cool. Add a thin smear of Nutella and sliced strawberries. Or sprinkle a still-warm crust with dark chocolate chips (a delicious source of antioxidants), let them melt for a few minutes, then top with raspberries.
Now I'm hungry for a dessert pizza. Good thing I have dough in the freezer!
Today's tip: Make pizza at home instead of calling the delivery guy.