When it rains, make pizza!

pizza dinnerThanks to tropical storm Andrea, the grass has never been greener, the flowers are in full bloom, my car looks washed, allergies are at an all time low and it’s a perfect time to make homemade pizza!  (Yes, it’s a glass half full state of mind!)  This evening I had a craving for homemade whole wheat pizza margherita.  (Yes, I’m very specific!) 

I’ve never made whole wheat dough before, nor have I made margherita pizza so I was super excited to challenge myself with this (Yes, I find this fun).  Plus I have this thing going on with my leg/groin/hip flexor area and have put running on hold the past few days so I had extra time to be productive!

pizza dough

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, 2 1/4 tsp active yeast, 1 cup warm water, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp sugar, 2 tsp basil (optional).

Dissolve yeast in warm water then combine all ingredients in a bread maker.  Set the bread maker on the dough setting and let the magic happen.  Can I just say – I love 21st century technology!!  1 hour later, I had perfectly mixed and risen dough! 

Margherita Sauce Ingredients: 1-28 oz can tomatoes (I used diced.  You can use whole peeled as well), 2 tsp minced garlic, 1 tsp kosher salt, 2 tsp basil, 1 tsp thyme, 2 tbsp olive oil  and pinch of crushed red pepper for a little heat! 

In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and garlic.  Add spices.  Drain and then crush the tomatoes.  Add to oil mixture and stir.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.

pizza sauce

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.  Roll dough out to a very thin (about 1/8-1/4 inch).  I do not believe in round pizzas (because I choose not to can’t make them).  I like all shapes of pizza.  No symmetry required in my kitchen! Spread sauce evenly.  Top with thinly sliced fresh mozzarella.  For this you will be about 6 ounces.  Top with fresh chopped basil leaves.  Bake for 10-12 minutes and smell the goodness…

pizza pics

OMGoshhh… with 3 minutes left, the kitchen started smelling like fresh pizza!  And I thought the pizza didn’t look to shabby either!  I made the pizza for my dad and I and I must say, even though it wasn’t a meat lovers, super saucy pizza, he still really liked it.  Add this to the list… boy approved!  I love the fact that it’s whole wheat, homemade, homemade sauce, part skim mozzarella… Cassie approved!

pizza cooked

Era squisito! (Click here to translate) 🙂

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