It took me awhile to decide what to post today; I haven't cooked anything overly romantic or sexy/love inspired lately. Then, I briefly became very depressed with my life, because I learned that there is such thing as a professional glitter artist and I am not one. Then it hit me. We love pizza. Pizza always makes me feel better and homemade pizza is perfect for any occasion in my opinion. I guess you be over the top gross for Valentine's Day and make it into a heart, but I feel like might lead uneven cutting and a possible fight over who is getting more pizza.
2 1/2 C whole wheat flour
1/3 C wheat bran (or wheat germ)
1/3 C ground flax seed
1/4 C chia seeds
1 pkg yeast
1 Tbsp honey
1 3/4 C very warm water
1/2 tsp salt
~1 C better for bread flour*
~2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Combine whole wheat flour, bran, seeds, and yeast. Add honey and water. Mix. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, until bubbles form.
Add salt and half cup better for bread flour. Mix. Add more flour if necessary. The dough will come together and form a ball that is slightly sticky. At this point, turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5-7 minutes (maybe up to 10 minutes) When the dough is no longer sticky and feels uniform in texture, it is done.
Put oil in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Roll dough in oil. Cover bowl with a damp towel, place in a warm area**, let rise for 1-1 1/2 hrs, until doubled in size.
Punch down dough, form into pizza (enough for 2), let rise for 15-20 minutes.
Pre-bake at 400 deg F for 5-7 minutes.
Ready for whatever toppings your heart desires!
*You need the higher gluten content of the better for bread flour to play off the heaviness of the whole wheat flour. It gives the finished product a much texture.
**I like to preheat my oven to 200 deg F while making the dough. As soon as it is preheated, turn it off. This creates a nice warm, moist environment perfect for rising dough.
Fresh Tomato, Onion, and Spinach Pizza
3 C fresh chopped spinach
1/4 of a lrg sweet onion, very thinly sliced
2 C shredded mozzarella
1/3 C parmesan
1 1/2 C fresh chopped tomatoes (remove as much pulp as possible)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp dried basil
2 tsp roasted garlic
Combine sauce ingredients, spread on pre-baked pizza crust. Top with spinach and onions, then cheese.
Bake at 400 deg F for about 12 minutes, until cheese is brown and bubbly.