Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Whole Wheat Thin Crust Pizza

I did something a little different since I have had trouble getting yeast to function for me in the past. (Could be user error, but I just can never make it work!  Grr.  Tips welcomed in the comments!)  I made this with my Vitamix blender.  My Vitamix came with a recipe book, and it had recipes for whole wheat breads/crusts.  SO I took the clean-eating ingredients, and applied the Vitamix cooking method, and the result was pretty tasty!  Hubby and son approved!
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  1. Place the yeast in the warm water (100-110 degrees) and let stand for 5 minutes.  It should foam.
  2. Spray a cookie sheet or pizza pan with cooking spray.
  3. Place all dry ingredients in the Vitamix and turn on medium until it is mixed and there is a well in the center.
  4. Pour the honey and yeast water in the center.  Turn the Vitamix on high for 1 second at a time (manually pulsing it) 5 times.  Pause and scrape down the sides (I had to kinda "knead" it all together with my rubber scraper), and repeat until mixture is a rubbery dough. Pulse one last time to raise the dough away from the blades as much as possible.
  5. Now (this is the tricky part), turn the Vitamix upside down over the cookie sheet, and manually rotate the blade using the knob on the bottom of the blender to free the mixture from the blade. This did not completely free the dough for me, so I had to use a spoon to scrap the rest of it out.  I still had some I could not free from the blades.
  6. Now, ideally here, you would spread the dough onto the pan.  My dough stuck to the spoon, so I had to constantly wet the spoon to spread the mixture out with the back of the spoon.  I tried floured hands, a floured rolling pin (disaster), and finally went with the wet spoon.  Again, tips here would be welcomed in comments!
  7. Once the dough is spread, cook for 350 for 15 minutes or so until the dough is nice a brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and either wrap in foil/saran wrap and freeze it until ready to use, or put the pizza toppings on immediately.
  9. When ready to cook, heat the oven to 450.
  10. Top with desired ingredients.  I used 3/4 cup tomato sauce (one small can) seasoned with basil, garlic, and oregano, turkey pepperoni (28 slices) and 4 slices of 2% mozzarella cheese.  (See tip below).
  11.   Cook for 7-10 minutes until cheese is melty and crust is crisp.  Watch it, it will burn easily since the crust is pre-cooked.
Makes 4 servings

Nutrition (including toppings.  Crust alone =245 calories)
Calories 335
Fat 9g
Cholesterol 26mg
Sodium 516 mg
Potassium 20mg
Carbs 53g
Fiber 11g
Sugars 6g
Protein 16g

Tip:  Dont' have shredded mozzarella?  Place sliced, string, or block cheese in a Magic Bullet (or blender would work) and "blend" until it is all grated up.  Works WONDERFULLY for pizzas.

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