Sunday, July 06, 2008

Jeanie's Totally Accidental (and Actually Fantastic) Wholemealish Pizza Crust!

I will allow my biggest fans, 'Salina and V, to sing the praises about the homemade pizzas that come out of our kitchen. In fact, since we have started such a trend, we have not troubled any pizza outlets with custom!

Last night, my mind went blank as to what my usual base recipe was, so I went in search of a wholemeal pizza crust recipe.

I found one from the Vegetarian/Vegan Society of Queensland website but it felt a little too worthy (and really - only 2 pizzas!).

I also went through a new favourite blog, Kalofagas - Greek Food & Beyond and found a pizza base recipe - but the timeline was WAAAY over what I had available to me!

What to do? What to do?

Mix them up and see what happens, of course.

So I present to you - Jeanie's Totally Accidental (and Actually Fantastic) Wholemealish Pizza Crust!

In a jug, pour 1 cup warm water (blood temperature - test as for a baby's bottle on the wrist), stir in 2 tablespoons honey until dissolved and pour 1 sachet dried yeast over the top. Stir slightly and leave in a warm spot for 10 minutes until foamy.

In a bowl, sift (ha ha ha ha ha) pour 1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour, 1 1/4 cups plain flour and a good pinch of salt. Add the yeast mixture, a dash of vinegar and a couple of tablespoons of oil.

Mix it all up and get a dough happening. If you need more liquid, add some water - mine was a little moist, so I added some more wholemeal to the bowl.

Once it had taken as much as it could, I emptied it onto the bench to knead it well. I put it into an oiled bowl in a warm spot for about 20 minutes, which was as much time as I could allow (ah, one of the few detractions to procrastination, hey?)

I then got to punch it down and split it in to 3 balls to roll out and top.

Once topped (and man, we put some scrummy toppings on) bake in a 200 ish oven for 20-25 minutes and eat until you explode - or preferably, one mouthful before.

Our toppings last night were -
  • tomato paste, ham, salami, roast sweet potato, grated carrot, grated zucchini and grated mozzarella;
  • tomato paste, ham, roast garlic, roast zucchini, fetta, roast sweet potato, capsicum, onion, olives, anchovies (only on my half) and grated mozzarella; and
  • tomato paste, salami, olives, fetta and grated mozzarella.

Enjoy - we certainly did!!! (Oh, and sorry for no photos - we ate it all before documentation!)

9 comments:

debby said...

I have never in my life heard of roast sweet potatoes on a pizza. Something new to try. We like pizza here as well.

Alison said...

I LOVE those fluke recipes that work!! Well done to you! And an even bigger well done for remembering what you put in it so you'll be able to do it again! :)

Me & Boo said...

Yes, well done for remembering what when in, so you could share with us, and remember for next time! Oh to have such scrummy toppings. Boo likes pineapple, bacon/ham, and cabanossi (occasionally some olives) but that is what pizza's have on them. End of story

ELIZABETH said...

You laugh at shifting, I laugh at yeast.
I buy premade crust, if I had to start totally from scratch I'm never make my own pizza.

David said...

I love sweet potatoes, and love veggies on my pizza. That sounds amazing!
Thank you

Jayne said...

Ohhh I'll have to try the roast sweet spuds!
Well done on the recipe, it sounds delicious :)

baby~amore' said...

I love the sound of this - we had sweet potato and lamb on a pizza at a restaurant.It was delicious -I made it at home but the Tool man wasn't so impressed.
I can't wait to try it.

Julie Pippert said...

Oh wow...yum!!

jeanie said...

Oh Deb - roast veges of any sort really jazz a pizza - and as we have 2kg bags of sweet potatoes selling at the side of the road near here for $1.50 a bag we do so enjoy our sweet 'puds!!

Alison - once I make up a recipe I generally remember most of it - its the ones I read that I can't remember.

me&boo - I am a pineapple on pizza afficianado, but in the minority here. Grated carrot and zucchini is a great way to sneak in the vege component on the child's pizza - but well done on creating an olive eater!

elizabeth - yeast can be fun! Its especially fun when it works. Sifting - just leads to washing up nightmares. Haven't looked back since I threw away the dastardly sifter.

David & Jayne - you will NEVER regret the addition of sweet potato to just about anything, I think.

baby-amore - I love exotic toppings - pity about him, hey?

Julie - you have a standing invitation to join us on pizza night (ha ha)