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    Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough

    To improve the nutritional profile of pizza, include whole-wheat flour in the crust. Using half whole-wheat and half all-purpose yields a light crust with a distinctive nutty taste. Quick-rising yeast shortens rising time to just 10 minutes, making wholesome homemade pizza a possibility for busy weeknights.

    Ingredients

    • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
    • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 package quick-rising yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/2- 2/3 cup hot water, 120-130°F
    • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

    Instructions

    Step 1
    Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a food processor; pulse to mix. Combine hot water and oil in a measuring cup. With the motor running, gradually pour in enough of the hot liquid until the mixture forms a sticky ball. The dough should be quite soft. If it seems dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons warm water; if too sticky, add 1 to 2 tablespoons flour. Process until the dough forms a ball, then process for 1 minute to knead.
    Step 2
    Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Coat a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place it, sprayed-side down, over the dough. Let the dough rest for 10 to 20 minutes before rolling.
    Step 3
    Place a pizza stone or inverted baking sheet on the lowest oven rack; preheat oven to 500°F or highest setting. Roll and top the pizza as desired (we suggest a 13-inch circle) and bake the pizza until the bottom is crisp and golden, 10 to 14 minutes. Serve immediately.

    Tips

    Store in a plastic bag coated with cooking spray in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before using.

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