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A healthier, but still delicious pizza pie recipe
Hold onto your hats and oven gloves! Over my years of baking and fussing in the kitchen, I have mastered the art of making my own homemade pizza. It’s really good, easy and fun, but my love of eating these pies has packed on the pounds.
So, I found a way that I can actually make it a little healthier and still wow my taste buds – just by changing one little ingredient. Any pizza fan will tell you, the secret to a fab pie is in the crust and the quality of ingredients you use. So go with locally sourced, organic veggies for toppings and the best, freshest mozzarella you can find.
As for the crust, this one is made with sprouted whole grain flour. You get the benefits of 100% whole grain fiber without the nasty taste of unsprouted flour. Plus, the flour digests as a veggie!
If you’re already making homemade pizza dough with a recipe you love, just switch your flour to sprouted flour. Now let’s start making some pizza pies!
Pam’s Sprouted Flour Pizza Pie
• 1 ½ cup filtered water
• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 3 cups Sprouted Whole Grain Flour
• 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
• 1 ½ teaspoon maple syrup
• 1 ½ teaspoons dry yeast
• 1 cup of pizza sauce- I like Trader Joes or make your own.
• 1-2 cups low moisture mozzarella
• ½ cup sliced onions
•8 ounces sliced mushrooms
• 1 or 2 garden tomatoes, sliced
You’ll want to make the dough ahead of time – at least one hour before you want to bake it in the oven. You can also make this recipe in a bread making machine or use a regular mixer if it has dough hooks (see my notes at the end of the recipe).
If you’re going to making dough by hand, you need to proof the yeast first by placing warm water and maple syrup in a glass. Sprinkle in the yeast and mix gently. In about 5 minutes it will start to activate – you’ll see yeast bubbles moving to the top.
1. Place crust ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Remove dough from the bowl and knead into smooth dough for 5 – 8 minutes and then form dough into a ball.
2. Coat bowl with olive oil; place dough in bowl and turn once to coat with oil. Cover with a clean dish towel and let stand for an hour or until doubled in size.
4. Roll out dough to fit pan or dish. Put it on pre-heated greased baking pan. I try to pull the dough up over the edges so they have a ledge. (I don’t use a pie stone though you can or a round pie plate. I use my stove top cast iron pan- it works very well!)
5. Add pizza sauce first and then cheese. Finish with pizza toppings (and feel free to add your favorites).
6. Bake 15-20 minutes.
Bread Machine Notes: If you are making pizza dough with a bread machine, start by placing the room-temperature dough ingredients in the baking pan of a bread machine in the order listed. Program the machine for pizza dough and press start. Remove from machine; roll into desired size and bake as listed above.
This recipe will make one 15-inch thick crust pizza or two thin crust pizzas
we heartsters – are you a pizza lover too? What toppings will you add to this recipe to make it your own?
we heart this review team member Pamela Irene, our kitchen guru, lives with husband David in Orange County, CA and works in the management office at the ‘happiest place on earth’ – South Coast Plaza. She can also mix a mean cocktail and is the owner of the largest bath & body collection we’ve ever seen.
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