Sunday, July 27, 2008

Handmade Pizza

Home-made pizza can be one of the greatest foods! You get to pick what you want on it...make the crust as you like it, and have no-guilt about what is IN it! Pizza really can be one of those "healthy" foods....if we make it ourselves! I've been meaning to divulge my pizza dough recipe online. I've made this pizza dough several times, and it keeps getting better each time I make it! It takes some tweaking to you individual preferences of how you like your crust.
Pizza Dough:
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 tbsp. Dry Active yeast
Let dissolve (let it get a bit frothy), then add:
1 tsp. organic sugar
1 tsp. salt* (I recommend using Redmond Real Salt for all your salting needs -from right here in UT too!)
Then add, while stirring, 2-3 cups flour. At least half of the flour WHOLE  (sprouted) wheat.
I use 2 cups whole wheat, 1 cup unbleached white - sometimes it's still too sticky so I add a bit more white flour until its not sticking to me.
I also like to add in 1tbsp italian seasoning OR rosemary OR basil
When dough is rolled into a ball leave in bowl, and drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the dough to keep from drying out.
Cover bowl with a warm towel. Or place bowl with towel on top of warm oven. The warmth will help the dough to rise faster.
Let rise approx 50 minutes. Then roll out dough into your favorite pizza pan.
Bake 450° 15-20 minutes and top with favorite toppings for pizza.

This is the dough + tomato sauce ready for the toppings! My favorite toppings include: fresh mozzarella( and I mean the gooey slimey fresh stuff), basil, pepperoni (it's hard to find uncured nitrate free pepperoni- so if you know of any- let me know!), olives, etc....
The benefit of this food is lycopene from the tomato sauce. When tomatoes are cooked the lycopene in them is concentrated into a form our bodies can easily utilize. Lycopene is an antioxidant know to help fight and prevent cancer, especially prostate cancer. So if a man in your life doesn't like veggies (or fruit in this matter)...make sure he's getting lots of processed tomato products (pasta sauce, and even ketchup counts!) Lycopene isn't as bio-available in fresh tomatoes. But there are still plenty of benefits from eating fresh tomatoes :)
*Also a sidenote about Salt. The regular table salt we are all used to is Sodium Chloride- plain, processed and bleached. Real Salt contains many trace minerals vital to maintaining and balancing our bodies' proccesses. Having too much regular NaCl (table salt) is taxing on our kidneys, and too much of it can lead to high blood pressure. The other trace minerals and elements (including naturally occuring iodine) are needed in our bodies. Salt helps keep the correct balance of water in and around the cells and tissues, but plain bleached sodium chloride is not our best option when it comes to what we put in our bodies.


Molly said...

Matt didn't like fruit 15 years ago, and he is a fruitophile now. Back then "fruit" meant icky granny smith apples and old musty oranges. Since he found out that there are tastier varieties (Ahem!) he hasn't gone back to granny smiths. There is hope!

Ross and Aubrey said...

Mmmm, that looks so good! Maybe I'll try that!

Sabrina said...

That pizza looks delish! we make pizzas all the time. We love using a pizza stone. that makes the pizzas cook super even and super fast!

Elizabeth said...

I definitely need a pizza stone! It's on my birthday wishlist when September 1st rolls around!

BurtonFam said...

I made this recipe yesterday and it was super yummy, thanks!!

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