This Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough gets a fiber and flavor boost with some whole wheat flour and honey. Mix it up in a bread machine for the best texture ever. This pizza crust is a great way to get more whole grains into your diet.
Directions provided for a bread machine, but no worries if you don’t have one. You can still make it by hand or use a stand mixer.
What do you do when you get a less-than-glorious report about your cholesterol or some other important body chemistry?
I try to add more whole grains to my diet. For years, guilt about eating pizza drove my search for an irresistible whole wheat pizza dough.
Being a fan of California Pizza Kitchen, I just happen to have a couple of their cookbooks. I thought it might be worth trying their recipe for Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough since they seem to know a thing or two about pizza. Turns out, I loved it and think you will, too.
I realize this pizza dough recipe is not 100% whole wheat, but it’s better than none. Right? Of course, the original recipe wasn’t written for a bread machine, but I simply won’t do it any other way. So, I changed the directions and adjusted the amounts to fit the size of most bread machines.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Flour: I like bread flour in pizza dough because it seems a bit chewier. You can use either bleached or unbleached all-purpose flour if you don’t have bread flour.
- Oil: Olive oil is my calling card when it comes to pizza dough. I use it in the dough and then, more in the pan. It just has so much flavor. You don’t want to miss out.
- Yeast: Anytime you are using a bread machine, instant yeast or bread machine yeast makes it easy. But if you only have active dry yeast in the house, you can use it.
Dissolve the same amount of active dry yeast (as specified in the recipe) in about 1/4 cup of the liquid specified in the recipe. First, warm the liquid until it is lukewarm like bath water for a baby. Stir the yeast into the liquid (usually milk or water) until it dissolves. Let it sit on the counter for about 10 minutes. Add to the pan along with the remaining ingredients specified in the recipe and proceed as usual.
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- 1 cup warm water
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 cups bread flour
- 2 teaspoons bread machine or instant yeast
- Put all ingredients into your bread machine in order listed. Set machine on the dough cycle and press start.
- When the dough cycle completes, remove dough to a large bowl (cover tightly) or pop dough into a gallon zippered bag and refrigerate overnight.
- Approximately 2 hours (less in my warm kitchen) before you plan to put together your pizza, remove the dough from the fridge.
- Divide in half and form each half into a smooth, rounded ball. At this point, I place each ball into a well-oiled pizza pan and cover with plastic wrap.
- When the dough has warmed and it looks puffy, preheat oven to 450˚ F.
- Use your hands and fingers to flatten the ball until it is the thickness you prefer. I use a 13" pizza pan and try to press it to the edge. If you tear it or make a hole, patch it with your fingers.
- Assemble pizza in this order: Sauce first, then cheese, then meat or other toppings. If I have enough, I usually sprinkle a little more cheese over the top.
- Pop into the oven and turn the temperature back to 425 degrees. How long you bake the pizza will depend on how liberal you were with the toppings, and your specific oven so I hesitate to be specific about the time. My pizzas usually take around 12 minutes, but yours might be different, so watch carefully after the first 10 minutes.
Directions for making bread with a stand mixer or by hand:
- To make this recipe in a heavy-duty stand mixer, add ingredients to the bowl in the same order. Turn on low to mix until all ingredients are moistened. Using a dough hook, turn speed to 2 or 3 and continue beating/kneading until dough becomes smooth and elastic about 5-10 minutes. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place. Deflate dough gently and shape as indicated in the recipe.
- If making by hand, combine all ingredients into a shaggy ball in a large bowl. Turn dough out on a floured surface and knead with your hands until dough becomes smooth and elastic, a process that will likely take 10-20 minutes depending on your experience. Place the dough ball into a greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise until double. Deflate dough gently and shape as indicated in the recipe
How to substitute active dry yeast for bread machine yeast:
If you substitute regular yeast for instant or bread machine yeast, you must dissolve it first before adding to the dry ingredients. Stir it into about 1/4 cup of the lukewarm liquid called for in the recipe. Let sit for about 10 minutes. Add to other wet ingredients and then add dry ingredients. Proceed as directed to knead and shape the dough.
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Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 16 slices
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 4.6gCarbohydrates: 8.5gFiber: 1.5gSugar: 4.4gProtein: 4g