Pizza Crust Ingredients (original recipe here) -
1 cup warm water (110 F/45 C) *I basically guess at temp and it's never a problem, you just don't want it so hot that it kills your yeast)
1 T. sugar
2 1/4 t. active dry yeast (I use one "packet")
2 T. olive oil
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour * Sometimes I mix whole wheat and bread flour - it's whatever you prefer - using all whole wheat is healthier
spices/herbs of choice (garlic powder, basil, italian seasoning are the ones I use)
Stir water, sugar and yeast together until dissolved. Add olive oil and salt. Stir in flour and seasonings until well blended - you can also wait and put your herbs/spices on top of your dough, which is usually what I do, that way, the kids have less seasonings and I have MORE! Let dough rest for 10 minutes. (I usually sit the bowl on top of the pre-heating stove with a dish towel over it). Pat dough into pan or pizza stone (I spray a little Olive Oil Pam on my fingers and spray my pans).
Pre-bake crust for 5 minutes for thin, about 7 for thick, then add your favorite sauce/toppings and bake for another 7 minutes or so at 425 degrees. You don't have to pre-bake the crust, but I like it a little crisper.
I use a reduced fat blend of cheeses and mini turkey pepperoni.
As you can tell, everyone in my house wants something different! I wanted a spinach pesto pizza on half....but do you notice anything missing? Yep, no spinach. Pulled the bag out of the fridge and it was...well, let's just say, it was gross. So, it was pesto and feta. Still yummy! The other half has peppers from the garden!