1 pkg. active dry yeast (or 2 ¼ tsp.)
2 tsp. sugar
1 c. warm water
1 tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 ½ c. whole wheat flour
Put the yeast and sugar in a large bowl with warm water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes until it gets foamy.
Add the salt, extra virgin olive oil, and flour until it makes a soft dough. If you are using fresh milled flour, you may have to add more. The dough should not be sticky.
Knead the dough for a couple of minutes (I just do it right in the bowl), then cover with a damp towel and let it rise in a warm spot for one hour. Who says whole wheat dough doesn't rise?!
Dump out the dough onto a floured surface. This recipe makes 2 medium pizzas or 4 personal pizzas. Divide the dough in the number of crusts you want.
Place a baking stone in the oven as the oven preheats to 500° F. Roll out each crust, then carefully place it on the hot stone and let them partially bake. A personal crust literally takes about 5 minutes, a medium crust might take just a couple minutes more. If you do not have a baking stone, just bake them on a greased baking sheet. I highly recommend investing in a baking stone; they really do make pizza taste SO much better!
Remove the crusts and top them as desired. Turn the oven down to 425° F. Then, stick them back on the baking stone for another 10 minutes or so. Remove and cut into slices.
On this particular pizza, I had a homemade cream sauce with shrimp, spinach, parsley, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Yum!
You can also freeze any unused partially baked crust(s). Make sure to cool them, then put them in a freezer safe container. They only take a few minutes to defrost. Just take one out, top it, and bake at 425° F for about 10 minutes. A quick and easy dinner!