Over the weekend we had my parents over for dinner. I love having grandparents who live so close and get to be such a large part of my children’s lives. They are always so supportive and fun to be with. Sunday night we all made homemade pizzas together and enjoyed creating our own pizza concoctions. I will be posting about the AMAZING Thai pizza that we came up with tomorrow–you will love it! The great thing about this pizza crust is it is not filled with empty carbs. My Dad has diabetes, so in order for him to have pizza it needed to be made with whole grains. I used wheat flour, rye flour and even some oat flour. You can use whatever combination of whole grain flour you would like. The result was awesome and super crispy and tender!
After the pizza mess was cleaned up, we broke out into a riotously hilarious two hour long arm wrestle and leg wrestling match. We had such a great time laughing and being together. It brought back memories as a kid when my sisters and I would have arm wrestling competitions and I would always win (I guess that’s what you do when you don’t have any brothers?). My sisters always said I was ‘freakishly strong’. I was so bummed when my 15 year old daughter almost beat me. I think some more pushups are in order so I can make sure and always beat my kiddos! All in all, it was a great night and one of those you go to bed at night feeling grateful for God’s blessings He has given you. Good food, good family and a roof over our heads. Can you really ask for anything more? 🙂 Hope you love this healthy, pizza crust recipe and enjoy a fun night with your family too!
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 1/2 cup hot water
- 4 Tbls. instant yeast
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 6 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 4-5 cups white flour (or use more whole grain flour)
- 2 Tbls. salt
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the vinegar, hot water, yeast, honey and oil. Let it combine for one minute and then let it rest for 8 minutes, to let the yeast grow. Once the yeast has become bubbly, turn the mixer onto low speed and add to the yeast/water mixture the flour, cornmeal and salt. Add as much flour as you need for the dough to pull away from the sides of the bowl (don't add too much flour or the dough will be stiff and heavy--just enough for it to pull away from sides). Once the dough is the right consistency, let the dough knead for 6-8 minutes on low speed (or knead by hand if you do not have a mixer). Once the kneading is done, place the dough ball in a greased bowl and cover with saran wrap. Let the dough rise until doubled in size. Once the dough has doubled, pour onto a greased or floured counter. Divide the dough into six equal portions for each pizza (each portion makes a 12-18 inch pizza, depending how thin you roll the dough out to). Heat an oven to 485 degrees and place your pizza stone or pan in the oven while the oven is preheating (you want a super hot surface to cook the pizza to make it crispy). On a parchment paper, sprinkle a thin layer of cornmeal onto the paper. Place the dough onto the paper and begin to roll out dough into a circular shape (or any shape you wish). Once the dough is thin, top with any of your favorite pizza toppings.
- When ready to bake the pizzas, remove the hot pan from the oven (be careful) and place the pizza, on the parchment paper, onto the pan/stone. Put the pizza in the oven (still on the parchment paper) and bake for 18-25 minutes, or until the crust is crispy and golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve. While the pizza is in the oven you can be making other pizzas on other parchment papers to have ready to slide on the pan when ready to bake.