Sometimes, a girl needs pizza. I haven’t made homemade pizza crust since high school (I am guessing a 6 year stint at Pizza Hut played a part in that). So, we busted out the Joy of Cooking and modified the recipe a bit to make it a smidge healthier (and skipped a few of the prep steps).
This makes roughly 2 12″ pizzas (we prefer a thinner, crispy crust, so we used a 14″ pan)
1 1/3 cup warm water
1 packet dry active yeast
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 TBS EVOO
2 tsp sea salt
1. Combine warm water and yeast. Let yeast completely dissolve (takes about 5 minutes)
2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well (I prefer to do this by hand, you will want to have some extra flour nearby to keep your hands from sticky). Continue to knead for about 10 minutes.
3. Transfer to a bowl lightly covered in EVOO, flipping dough to allow both sides to be lightly coated. Cover with a warm, lightly damp towel and let rise for 1-1.5 hours.
4. Preheat over to 475
5. Divide dough in half (if not making both pizzas, freeze other half). Using your hands, flatten dough, gently stretching. Place in the middle of a greased pizza pan (again, we like crispy crust, so we used a pizza pan with holes), gently spreading to the edge. Once dough is spread to the edges, continue to pat the dough, evening it out throughout.
6. Sauce and top as desired (if you want to do it like a pro – a. start with sauce in the middle, working in a circular motion, spread the sauce out to within 1/4 inch edge of the crust. b. take half the cheese, sprinkle from the outside in, in a circular motion. c. add sliced meats or veggies first, then all other toppings. d. add remaining cheese, following the same outside in, circular motion pattern.).
7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
Nutritional Information for Crust per 1/8 of pizza (calculated via MyFitnessPal):