April 14

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Best Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

By Sonia Gupta

April 14, 2017

Cheese, Eggless, Healthy Eating, Savoury

Whole wheat vs all purpose flour pizza recipe

The whole wheat pizza dough recipe is typically a difficult pizza recipe, rarely used in restaurants or pizza shops. All-purpose flour is the choice of flour vs wheat flour. The all-purpose flour yields a much softer and flexible dough than to wheat flour dough. This is the primary reason why many people believe that a 100% whole wheat pizza dough recipe is impossible to make at home. While it is true that handling whole wheat is difficult, but difficult in no ways means impossible.

There are a few who believe in making their pizza recipe using bread flour. Bread flour is great but is rich in gluten. All-purpose flour and wheat flour has less gluten to bread flour. If you try to use a lot of yeast and try to ferment a gluten-rich flour in less time, the end result is going to be chewy. Since restaurant and pizza bakers want to minimize the time spent in the fermentation process, they use all-purpose flour that ferments easily and helps to make pizza crusts faster for them.

Gluten, let’s talk

We have been talking about gluten, but what is gluten? Gluten is a protein. This protein, when wet, makes the dough spongy and elastic. It is because of this gluten; the bread gets its chewiness. It is the amount of gluten that determines the fermentation time and sponginess of a dough.

Is pizza junk food?

What essentially makes Pizza a junk food? Let’s look at whether to consider pizzas as a junk food a little later, let’s first solve the quest of what is “Junk Food”. The term junk food in itself is relative. If you are somebody who exercises regularly, perhaps eating a pizza slice topped with cheese, is not junk food for you. But if you are a lazy lad like me, eating even a single slice of pizza, topped with cheese, is definitely a junk food. Now you know if the pizza that you are eating is junk for you or not.

Now let us look specifically at a pizza. Pizzas in itself are not junk food. It is made of flour, yeast, cheese, sauce and a lot of vegetables. Nothing in all to be considered as junk. Depending on what you have used can change the entire outlook of pizza.

Instead of using All-Purpose flour, if you make whole wheat floured dough for your pizza bakes, you are most likely going to eat a lot healthier version of pizza.

Why whole wheat pizza?

Whole wheat pizza keeps you emotionally strong by not giving you the guilt of you eating all-purpose flour. We all know why we should be avoiding eating all-purpose flour. But that’s not the only reason why we should switch to whole wheat pizza crust for our pizzas recipe.

In one of my earlier recipe, Multigrain bread, I have explained the benefits of whole wheat. Wheat flour has amazing benefits only if it is a whole grain. If it is a stripped grain (wheat), it is no better than all-purpose flour. This homemade whole wheat pizza dough recipe is a guaranteed recipe to make you stop looking pizza as a junk food any more.

Flour for Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

Remember, you should be using whole wheat flour. I used Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour which is a 100% stone ground whole wheat flour. Though this one goes on the expensive side, certainly the best I have found so far. As an alternative, considering Organic Tatva which is the second best according to me.

 

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Instructions

In a pan, take oil/butter. Add chopped garlic and onions and sauté these for 10 minutes on medium flame. Now add chopped tomatoes, salt, sugar, all the spices and cover with lid. Let it cook on medium flame for another 5 minutes. In last add tomato sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes. Pizza sauce is ready. Once it cools down, store it in a glass jar.

To activate the yeast take lukewarm water in a bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast. Keep it aside until yeast froths.

Activated Yeast

In a mixing bowl, add flour, Oil, salt and yeast solution. Start adding water and knead the dough. Initially, the dough will be sticky but after 10 minutes of kneading, you will get a non-sticky and smooth dough.

Keep this dough in a greased bowl and cover it with cling wrap. Keep it aside for 30 minutes on until dough doubles in volume.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough First Rise

After 30 minutes, take the whole wheat pizza dough out on a floured surface. Punch it to release the air and knead it for 5 minutes.

With the help of a rolling pin, roll the dough into a disc of 1/4 inches in thickness or desired thickness. Place this disc into a greased baking tray.

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

Prick the base with the help of a fork. Spread pizza sauce on it and arrange all the chopped vegetables.

Pizza sauce on pizza base

Meanwhile, put the oven for preheating at 220 degree Celsius for 10 minutes.

Add grated cheese and sprinkle seasoning on it.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Raw

Top it with sliced olives and bake it in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 220 degree Celsius.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough ready for bake

Once done, take it out, slice it and serve hot.

Whole Wheat Pizza

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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Main Course, Snacks
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

For Pizza Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Onions Finely Chopped
  • 1 cup Tomatoes Chopped (Deseeded)
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic Chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Butter (you can use Oil as well)
  • 1 tbsp Mixed herbs
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Red Chilli sauce

For Pizza Dough

  • 250 gram Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3 gram Instant Yeast
  • 120 ml Lukewarm Water
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Bell Pepper Red / Yellow / Green - Sliced
  • 1/4 cup Onion Sliced
  • 2 tbsp Pizza Sauce
  • 5 pcs Olives
  • 1 tsp Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese Grated
  • 1 tbsp Oil

Instructions

  • In a pan, take oil/butter. Add chopped garlic and onions and sauté these for 10 minutes on medium flame. Now add chopped tomatoes, salt, sugar, all the spices and cover with lid. Let it cook on medium flame for another 5 minutes. In last add tomato sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes. Pizza sauce is ready. Once it cool down, store it in a glass jar.
  • To activate the yeast take lukewarm water in a bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast. Keep it aside until yeast froths.
  • In a mixing bowl, add flour, Oil, salt and yeast solution. Start adding water and knead the dough. Initially the dough will be sticky but after 10 minutes of kneading you will get non-sticky and smooth dough.
  • Keep this dough in a greased bowl and cover it with cling wrap. Keep it aside for 30 minutes on until dough doubles in volume.
  • After 30 minutes, take the dough out on a floured surface. Punch it to release the air and knead it for 5 minutes.
  • With the help of a rolling pin, roll the dough into a disc of 1/4 inches in thickness or desired thickness. Place this disc into a greased baking tray.
  • Prick the base with the help of a fork. Spread pizza sauce on it and arrange all the chopped vegetables.
  • Meanwhile Put the oven for preheating at 220 degree Celsius for 10 minutes.
  • Add grated cheese and sprinkle seasoning on it.
  • Top it with sliced olives and bake it in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 220 degree Celsius.
  • Once done, take it out, slice it and serve hot.
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Sonia Gupta

About the author

Sonia is an award-winning baking instructor and her baking courses are recognized by all baking enthusiastic. She is a Baking Instructor, Blogger, YouTuber, Author, a Social Media Influencer. Holding her forte as being one of the top baking instructors when it comes to whole wheat baking, Sonia has gain mastery in eggless and healthy baking. She has trained more than 2000 people in the last 3 years and continues to satisfy her desire to transform "HomeMakers into HomeBakers". You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. If you like to watch video recipes, check her YouTube Channel.

  • 4 stars
    So I was trying the tangzhen wheat bread, second time and yeast mishap, dough did not rise even after 3 hours. So I made a pizza base and it has come out very well. Half baked it now for 7 mins and will rebake with sauce for dinner .
    Thank you for getting me started with baking.

  • 5 stars
    Hello sonia..alwaya admire your detailed reciepies.
    l will try this one n post a pic of it on the group.
    I want to ask….shall i make a dough o pizza or buns always when we need it . just .prior to it or we can make a dough a day before also?If yes then pls tell how to do this….
    My second question is if we left with some dough …then how can we use it latter ..as in pizza we dont need seco d proofing?
    One more thing….during baking pav or pizzza ..if one slot is already in the oven then outer slot will remainn on with proofing,so that way over proofing will b done for outer lot of pav and outer pizza also.PLS.. clear my doubts. How these eating joints like dominos…can make pizzas freshly whole day?i just wonder always

  • Mam plz suggest which cheese is best in pizzas as it plays the major role in this.
    I use Chaudhary cheese bar is it ok? Or any other cheese u recommend.

  • 5 stars
    Hi Sonia,

    Can we bake the pizza base separately and use it instantly when we want? If I have to do so should I wait for second raise and how much time should I bake it for in MWC oven

  • Thank you for the beautiful explanations and easy recipes ma’am. Baked a cheese burst pizza and a thin crust pizza following this procedure and it came out too good. Everyone in the house enjoyed it. Thank you once again.

  • 5 stars
    Hello mam as i baked pizza it’s came out perfect….but crust is soft….did u use cornmeal to dust…plz leeme know…. urgently …as i want crispy crust.. please solve my query asap..tia

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