No need to order out - make a pizza at home!

No need to order out – make a pizza at home!

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A healthier, but still delicious pizza pie recipe

photos: pamela irene for we heart this

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

Pizza Crust
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

Pizza Toppings
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.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees

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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17 thoughts on “No need to order out – make a pizza at home!”

  1. Oh, I shouldn’t have read this at 2:13 AM. This is making me HUNGRY.

    I like my pizza plain. Well, what Pizza Hut and Dominoes calls plain (if you ask me which I prefer, I must say I’m a recent Dominoes convert. They really changed their pizza. Addicted.) Someone else can put on pepperoni or sausage or black olives or whatever, I’ll take mine with cheese! Cheese, cheese, cheese, cheese, cheese. I did not come from a family that grew up from Wisconsin for no reason. We love our cheese.

    I’d have the pizza with the perfect proportion of bread, sauce and cheese because I hate a pizza that’s too saucy or too doughy or too cheesy (yes, there is such a thing as a pizza with too much cheese with me. I need some sauce and some dough in there!)

    1. You’re up late! Hey, are you a “Cheesehead” meaning are you a Greenbay Packer fan like I am? LOL! I am also a lover of CHEESE!!! But back to pizza.. You can make this pie yourself! I miss having a good thin crust pizza pie too.. But that is really hard to find out here on the West Coast.. I’m a Jersey Girl who was raised on good pizza, bread and bagels! Thankfully, we can make our own and put whatever we love on them! I also love having some dipping sause on the side for the yummy crust! I’m so hungry now too!

    2. @irene – Good try, but no. I don’t understand football nor do I find it very interesting, but my house is a Bears house; my dad’s sister is the Packers house (and this creates a huge sibling rivalry. You don’t want to know the things those two do to one another!) If you ask me about football, I’ll look at you and say, “Huh? What did you say about the Puppy Bowl? I can tell you about the Puppy Bowl! What part do you want to know about!” LOL.

      I’m actually quite the insomniac. The doctors think I was born an insomniac as I’ve always had problems sleeping. My EEG actually shows I never hit deep sleep, so I’m on here at really late hours!

      I’m a Chicago girl, Pamela. You have to go deep dish! I love my crust! Deep dish with slightly spicy sauce (hate sweet sauce) and the perfect mix of cheeses. Yummy.

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  3. Mmm that looks amazing! I like making pizza at home since it’s a little healthier than the delivery kinds, and tastier than the frozen kinds. I usually use Jiffy’s pizza dough mix in a box, or Pillsbury’s thin crust dough that comes in the tube. I’ll have to give your crust recipe a try though.

    My favorite toppings are mushrooms, bell peppers, onion, spinach, and I like to use alfredo sauce instead of tomato sauce

  4. This post has me wanting a slice of pizza so bad! I may have to give in and go get a slice on Hollywood Blvd – but I’m saving this recipe for when I’m feeling not quite so lazy and can make a pie at home. It looks do-able for my limited cooking skills and I love the sprouted flour addition. Thanks for this one Pamela @irene!

  5. YUM! This looks amazing. I’m not sure how good I’d be at dough (me and flour just don’t mix!) but I’d willing to try for a flour that digests like a veggie.

    I like super thin crust (NY all the way) and minimal toppings, usually just mushrooms. Ricotta is pretty awesome too. I do like a good white pizza too. Oh man, I want pizza now…

  6. If you go as far as making this for yourself in no time at all you’ll want to try all kinds of toppings.. I really love mushroom and onion together.. I like just plain cheese pizza.. I really like putting our home grown tomatoes and basil.. The only thing to remember is that you should keep the toppings to a few.. the more you put on the harder it will be to bake in the oven right.. Let me know how it goes and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me! YUMMY FOOD is the BEST!!

  7. This looks delishhhh. I love cooking so this will need to be bookmarked! My toppings of choice would be different cheeses, and lots of veggies. As much as possible ;]

  8. Oh, YUM. Since I’m pregnant, I’ve been trying to make my favorite things more healthy, but pizza is just one I haven’t been able to make compare to my regular pie! I’ll definitely try this, the sprouted flour makes me intrigued! Plus the addition of maple syrup, that sounds like one of those secret ingredients that without it, the whole recipe falls flat! :-)
    I might be the only carnivore on here, but I do love some Canadian bacon on pizza. (thin sliced, not the chunky chopped up ham that SOME pizza places try to get away with.) However, a nice plain cheese pizza can be SO awesome if the ingredient are good and fresh, just like @irene suggests. This is being printed out for the next time the need for pizza strikes!

    1. I’m happy you are pregnant Alyssa! You are not alone.. I’m a meat lover too.. I’ve made ones with (healthy) smoked apple bacon- which is already cooked, then sprinkled on top in the end with some thinly sliced onions and mushooms.. and the other combo I forgot to mention was, roasted peppers, and onions.. sauted first to add on top at the end.. OH LORDY!! So yummy!

  9. Wow, this looks great and I really do need a healthy alternative to my love for pizza. I don’t like a lot of toppings on my pizza either, I am perfectly content with different cheeses or a few mild veggies!

  10. As long as i can remember Sunday night has been pizza night in our family.

    It used to be frozen pizza in the oven, but the last 5 years or so we’ve gotten more creative and make our own, trying different recipes as often as possible.

    Your pizza looks delicious – definitely going to be testing it out.

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