One of our family’s favorites is pizza and for a while, our Friday nights consisted of any variation of pizza – store bought, frozen, pizza place, semi-homemade. A huge favorite is Pizza Hut’s stuffed crust pizza and so I thought I’d venture to make my own version (along with my own crust!) This is also a great way to get kids involved!
Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
1 cup lukewarm water
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
2 1/2 cups flour whole wheat
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Stir together the water, yeast, and sugar. Then, set aside for about 5 minutes until the mixture starts to foam. If it doesn’t foam, your yeast may be old or inactive or your water was too warm, thus “killing.”
Next, add the flour, salt, and olive oil. Mix until dough comes together. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 8 minutes, until it’s smooth and elastic. Add flour if dough is overly sticky. (Jim did this part because I didn’t think I could do it for five minutes! You an also use your Kitchen-Aid mixer to knead it for you!)
Place the dough in an oiled bowl and turn to coat all over. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place for an hour, until doubled. (I placed mine in an off oven and that worked just fine!)
Easy, right? It really was that simple. You can also use all-purpose flour instead of the wheat.
Homemade Stuffed Crust Pizza
Pizza dough (homemade or otherwise)
String cheese (we used ten for this large rectangle)
Pizza toppings (we did pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, green peppers and onions)
Roll the dough out into one or two pizzas. (Ours made one large rectangle), leaving a little extra dough on the edges for folding over. Unwrap string cheese, put against the sides and then roll the crust over to cover the cheese.
Add all your pizza toppings, in the order you like them. Bake on a preheated pizza stone at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until bubbly and golden.
It shall also be noted that I did NOT pre-heat my stone. I wanted Charlie to be able to help and knew that a burning pan would not be a good idea! The pizza still came out great!
Pizza Pie ready for the oven! (LOVE these fellas!)
This pizza was delicious and the crust with the cheese was extra yummy – meltable and all! The boys had some veggies in there (which is always a good thing) and it was enough for all four of us, plus lunch for Jim the next day! I would definitely make this again, trying an all-purpose flour crust, different ingredients & toppings and think making our own crust is that easy!
What’s your favorite pizza toppings? Have you tried your own crust?
Kelly Westover says
Awesome! I have some WWFlour I keep meaning to use but can’t find a good recipe for. Thanks for sharing!
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