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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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.
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.
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 0.5 cm 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.