Pizza: The Seasonal, Whole Wheat Version
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savorthis July 6, 2012
On a busy day when I have had no time at all to prep dinner I will pick up the whole grain dough at whole foods and have been trying to find a similar recipe for home. It is packed with grains and has a really nice chewy bite to it and is a really inexpensive meal. My daughter loves rolling it out for pizza or we make calzones and I can hide a variety of things inside that she might scoff at normally. And tonight we are actually having a nutella pizza for dessert with sliced banana "peperoni" and mint "basil."
flowercityfoodie July 5, 2012
Any thoughts on freezing pizza dough? I made a huge batch of pizza dough awhile back with the idea that I could save some of it for later by freezing it. The pizza made with the fresh dough was fantastic, and the stuff made from the frozen dough was a flat, soggy mess. Is it possible to freeze pizza dough, or should I just stick to small batches of fresh?
OceanEyes117 July 5, 2012
When I have frozen pizza dough in the past, I freeze it before the full rise has completed. It will depend on the recipe that you are using, but if it has a rise, punch down, and second rise, freeze them after the punch down. Then when I'm ready for pizza I'll put a ball of dough in the fridge that morning before work, or pull it out a few hours before I want to use it (after work for a later dinner or during the afternoon on a day off), and let it come to temp and rise before shaping, topping, and baking. Freezing can harm some of your yeasties so you could add a bit extra when you make the dough, but I like to let it thaw and have a long rise in the fridge all day while at work.
Lucia F. July 8, 2012
I always freeze my pizza dough. I use the Jim Lahey recipe which makes enough for 2 large pizzas or 4 good size calzones. I thaw it in the fridge and it works beautifully.
Fairmount_market July 5, 2012
The best thing about pizza and kids is that it's so much fun to make together. I'll make up the dough and then my kids use it as play dough and shape pirate ships, sea monsters and the like (this works best with a slightly less moist dough than Lahey; I use a version of Hazan's with some whole wheat and corn meal). Then we let it rise and they love rolling it out and making their own pizzas with personalized toppings.
meganvt01 July 5, 2012
I love this column and this post in particular. We try to do pizza (homemade) every friday - but I have yet to venture into whole wheat crust. And I have a ton of zucchini already - thanks in advance for our Friday meal tomorrow!
Kitchen B. July 5, 2012
It takes children.....Nicholas, it takes children. Though the first time I made whole wheat pizza, it was disaster personified because I used granary flour...but lets not go there. Now pizza in my home is a daily affair. Sometimes, I sweeten the dough and top it with citrus sugars to make a sweet French-style pizza called galette de Perouge. My kids love it for Sunday brunch - like you said, it takes children to be gutsy enough to risk being called bad parents, to serve pizza for Brekkie.
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