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Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
Add some tasty whole grain goodness to your pizza with this soft & chewy whole wheat pizza crust recipe.
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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) warm water (110-115°F)
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon (21g) honey
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 3 1/4 cups (407g) whole wheat flour
  • Olive oil for brushing crust
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal for sprinkling

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a hook attachment, combine the sugar, yeast, and warm water. Stir it around and let sit for 5 minutes or until the yeast is foamy and dissolved. Add the olive oil, honey, and salt. Mix by hand with a whisk or with the dough hook on low speed for 30 seconds. Add 3 cups of whole wheat flour and mix with the dough hook on low speed or with a large rubber spatula until dough starts to come together.
  • Once mixed, knead for 5 minutes by hand on a lightly floured surface or with your dough hook on low-medium speed. If your dough is too wet, add up to 1/3 cup more whole wheat flour, a little at a time, after a minute or two of kneading. After kneading, your dough should be smooth and elastic. Poke it with your finger – if it slowly bounces back, your dough is ready to rise. If not, keep kneading.
  • Shape the dough into a ball and place in a large mixing bowl that has been coated lightly with olive oil. Turn it over to coat all sides. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm environment (about 75-80°F).
  • Dough will double in size in about 1 – 2 hours. Punch the dough down to release the air. It will deflate.
  • Cut the dough into two equal parts.
  • Roll each half into a ball and let rest in two separate bowls lightly covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil for at least 20 minutes.
  • While dough is resting, preheat oven to 475°F degrees. Allow to heat for at least 30 full minutes. Grease 2 baking sheets or pizza pans with nonstick spray or olive oil. Sprinkle with cornmeal (preferred for flavor and texture).
  • After 20 minutes, flatten each ball of dough 1 at a time on a lightly floured surface or directly onto your cornmeal lined pizza pan/baking sheet. Flatten into a 12-inch round circle, flattening and stretching the dough. If using a pizza stone, place the dough directly on baker's peels dusted with cornmeal.
  • Lift the edge of the dough up to create a lip around the edges. (Simply pinch the edges up to create the lip.) To prevent the filling from making your pizza crust soggy, brush the top lightly with olive oil. Using your fingers, push dents into the surface of the dough to prevent bubbling, or dock it. Transfer dough to the pizza pan, baking sheet, or pizza stone. Be gentle with it.
  • Top with your favorite toppings, or try this Roasted Vegetable Pizza.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned.
  • Slice hot pizza and serve immediately. Store leftover pizza covered tightly in the refrigerator and reheat as you prefer. Baked pizza slices may be frozen up to 1 month.

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