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Monday, February 11, 2008

Wholemeal Pizza

All three of us in the family loves pizza. Who doesn't?! A friend once jokingly said that it is one of the 5 main food groups. Low fat pizza is probably the greatest oxymoron in this world.So I thought why not make our own pizza. Not the make-your-own-pizza option at pizza hut duh! but really make your own from scratch. That way we can manage what we put in and how much we put in our pizza. So I thought a wholemeal crust will be good, thin of course! With lots of good olive oil and garlic.Then add a bit more veggies and pepperoni for the meatlovers and voila!.....a guilt free pizza.

wholemeal pizza

2 1/3 c wholemeal flour
1 c plain flour
3 tsp instant dried yeast
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
extra flour to dust

toppings for 1 pizza:
1/2 c grated low-fat mozzarella cheese
1/2 c grated tasty/cheddar cheese
1/4 c parmesan cheese
semi-dried tomato
sliced mushrooms
black olives
capsicum (sliced thinly)
crushed garlic
extra virgin olive oil (to drizzle)
dried chilli flakes (optional)
basil leaves(shredded)
1/4 c tomato paste
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper

Mix together the plain flour, yeast and sugar and 1 1/4 cup lukewarm water. Cover and set aside in a draft free place for about 45mins or until bubbly. Preheat the oven to 230 c. Mix in the rest of the dough ingredients and knead in a clean surface for 10 mins by hand or 5 mins in in the mixer. Dust the dough generously with flour if you are kneading by hand as it will be sticky and hard to handle. Divide the dough into 3. Freeze the other two if you only want to make 1 pizza.
Dust the remaining dough with flour and flatten with a rolling pin to your desired thickness. Make allowances as the dough will rise a little as you are putting all the toppings. Don't be too concerned with its shape as it will add to the rustic touch of your pizza.
Spread the tomato paste then top with the cheddar cheese then follow with the rest of the toppings saving the mozzarella, parmesan, garlic for last then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. You can add as much or as little toppings as you like.
Cook in the oven for about 20 mins or until the top is brown and bubbly.

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