Tried-and-True Whole Wheat Pizza Crust from Peas and Thank You

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Test-driven by Eleanor Elliott, Director, Digital Properties and Social Media

Tried-and-True Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

Ingredients
1 teaspoon active dry yeast (approximately 1⁄2 a yeast packet)
1⁄2 teaspoon organic brown sugar
3⁄4 cup warm water
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup whole wheat pastry or white whole wheat flour
3⁄4 cup organic all-purpose flour, divided

Directions
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and brown sugar in water and let sit for 10 minutes, until yeast is foamy.
Stir in salt and oil. Mix in whole wheat pastry flour and 1⁄2 cup of the all-purpose flour. Turn dough out onto a clean, well-floured surface and knead in more flour until dough is no longer sticky.
Place dough in a well-oiled bowl, cover with a cloth and put in a warm place. Let rise for an hour. Punch down dough and form into a tight ball.
Allow to rest before rolling out and topping.Preheat oven and a pizza stone, if using, to 425 degrees. Bake topped pizza on pizza stone or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for 15 to 20 minutes, until crust is golden brown.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING: (for 8 slices): 110 calories, 2 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein

Tip from Mama Pea, Sarah Matheny
Don’t be afraid of the yeast! Make sure your water is lukewarm and that your yeast is fresh. Always check the expiration dates on your packages.

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We live in the ‘burbs and my husband Chris is a stay-at-home-Dad. Our son Henry just turned 3 and keeps us both on our toes. We love to cook and share the kitchen duties pretty equally (although Chris does most of the baking!). We believe strongly in eating wholesome, natural food.

When I volunteered to ‘test-run’ a Peas And Thank You recipe for the blog, I didn’t realize I’d have to cook pizza crust in last week’s heat wave! But I soldiered on, because really, who doesn’t love pizza?

We’re big fans of homemade pizza and do make dough from scratch, but we cheat a little by making it in our breadmaker – so this was a new experience from us.

Henry likes to help in the kitchen, and making pizza is perfect for kids like him, there’s so much they can do! He helped by pouring, stirring, and putting the toppings on the pizza – but I thought it best for me to knead the dough myself…a 3 year old and sticky dough don’t mix in my house!

I’d typically do a ‘traditional’ pizza with some turkey pepperoni, but in the spirit of Peas And Thank You, we went vegetarian and topped the pizza with pizza sauce, mozzarella, spinach and a little feta. Mmmmmmmmmm!

I do have a pizza stone, but I didn’t pre-heat it like the recipe said (I never pre-heat my stone), and the crust came out just fine…crispy and a little chewy.

We added a salad on the side (lettuce with a homemade blueberry vinaigrette – blueberries, honey, vegetable oil and balsamic vinegar), and it was one of those meals you feel proud serving because it looked beautiful, tasted delicious, and was full of healthy ingredients.

For more information about Sarah Matheny, you can visit her blog, Peas and Thank You, find her on Facebook and follow her on TwitterPeas and Thank You the book is now in bookstores.

Discussion Question of the Day:

What pizza toppings make your kids happy?

Commenters who answer the discussion question are eligible to win our Peas and Thank You prize pack. Only U.S. and Canada residents can win, unfortunately. For full contest details, click here. Good luck everyone!

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6 Responses to Tried-and-True Whole Wheat Pizza Crust from Peas and Thank You

  1. gidgetnfroggi

    my girls like just cheese on their pizza

  2. Kristy Doyle

    Well, I don’t have kids YET, but the pizza topping that makes my boyfriend happiest is peppers — green peppers, banana peppers and jalapeno peppers! Since I love peppers in all forms also, I’m happy to oblige — as long as I can have my mushrooms, YUM! :)

  3. Jessica H

    My daughter loves any veggies on pizza (I got lucky ;)

  4. This is the one place they refuse to go healthy. No veggies. Sausage, pepperoni, bacon, extra cheese, buffalo chicken. Anything but healthy items.

  5. infinitieh

    When my niece was a lot younger (about 3-4), her rule was “no veggies”.

  6. Congrats Kristy Doyle! You’re our final Peas and Thank You prize pack winner. Emailing you now to get your mailing address. :)

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