Whole Wheat Vegan Pizza Dough
Pizza is a favorite of most people. If it's not then you haven't had good pizza. When we used to have pizza night I would buy pre-made pizza dough from the store, then I would just roll it out and make our pizzas. But then I got the courage to try to make my own dough, and that's when I realized how easy and cheap it was to make my own. Then when I tried it, it was a world of difference in taste. It was just so much fresher tasting with a softer texture.
2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup
2 cups whole wheat flour, spooned into measuring cup
1 teaspoon sugar
1 envelope instant dry yeast, or 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups water, 110 degrees F
3 tablespoons olive oil
Using a bowl or stand mixer, place the flour, sugar, yeast and salt in it, and give it a quick mix. Add the warm water and olive oil and mix until the dough forms into a ball. Let it kneed for 5 minutes in the mixer or by hand. If the dough is somewhat sticky, slowly add flour 1 tablespoon at a time.
In a large bowl add a bit of olive oil and place the dough in the oiled bowl. Cover the dough in the olive oil by rubbing the dough on the oil on all surfaces of it. Place plastic wrap on the bowl, or cover with a towel, and place in a warm area of the house. Let it stand for 1 hour until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Punch down the dough and divide into 2 balls. These will make 2 large pizzas. Divide into 4 balls for 3 small pizzas, and divide into 3 balls for 3 medium pizzas.
Place the dough on a well floured surface and using a rolling pin roll out the dough to the desired thickness. We prefer thin crust, so we roll it out until it's less than 1/4 inch. It will rise a little bit in the oven when baking.
Place your favorite pizza sauce and toppings accordingly. For vegan cheese we typically use Daiya.
Bake for 8-12 minutes. Be sure to check the pizza around the 8 minute mark to make sure the cheese is melted and the crust has started to crisp up. Just make sure to check it so it doesn't burn the edges. Different ovens cook faster than others, so check on your pizza often.
*Tip: If you'd prefer a white crust pizza just substitute 2 cups all-purpose flour for the whole wheat flour. Making it 4 cups all-purpose flour, total.