When Matt and I lived in New Hampshire, there was a little pizza parlor about a mile away from the Dartmouth College campus where we could go to get “take and bake” pizza. What I loved most about the take and bake was the option of getting a whole wheat crust.
Ah, those where the days before wrinkles and gray hair!
When we moved to Nebraska, my mom bought us a bread maker and we started making our own home made pizza with whole wheat crust. I love it best with cheese, hamburger, and broccoli. Megan only agrees to put broccoli on it if I give her a direct order (she would tell you that direct orders are common place in our house)…You can be creative with the toppings or you can be boring like me and always have it the same 🙂
Needs: Whole Wheat Crust = 1 and 1/8th cup of warm water, 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 cup of bread flour, 1/3 of a cup of rye flour, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of dry yeast, and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of salt (optional–we do not put salt in ours).
Add all ingredients into the bread maker in the order given above (if you include salt–put it in after the sugar). Set the bread machine on the “dough” cycle. It takes about an hour for our machine to blend it into dough.
Needs: Pizza = 1 and 1/2 pounds of hamburger (browned and cooked thoroughly), 1 can of pizza sauce, grated 1lb of mozzarella, grated 1/2lb of marbled chedder/jack cheese, and chopped fresh broccoli (not quite an entire head). Matt and Megan sometimes gang up on me and sneak in some pepperoni!
She tosses it with such exuberance that the pictures come out blurry…
When the dough is finished in the bread maker, toss and stretch it before placing it on a pizza stone (this is Megan’s favorite part–watching her learn to toss the dough is hilarious). Add pizza sauce, then burger (meat), then broccoli (vegetables), then the cheese is last.
It takes a little bit of encouragement on my part to get Megan to put on enough broccoli!
Cook in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Let stand for a few minutes (5-10) before slicing and serving. This recipe makes a thick crust pizza. You can add more toppings if you would like!