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Rustic Herb Pizza Dough

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This Whole Wheat Rustic Herb Pizza Dough is a bistro style dough. It is great topped with Alfredo sauce, cooked chicken, chopped oil-packed sun dried tomatoes, and Monterey jack cheese. This recipe will make 2 – 12 inch thin crust pizzas or 1 – 12 inch thick crust pizza. If you wish you may shape and wrap any unbaked pizza dough in several layers of plastic wrap. Then place them in the freezer until needed.  Let the dough thaw fully before placing toppings on the dough.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes approximately

Cooking Time: 10 - 15 minutes approximately

Ingredients:

1 cup warm water not hot

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 cups bread flour approximately

1 cup whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons of crushed dried basil, oregano, or Italian seasoning

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 teaspoon of fresh grated garlic

1 teaspoon of active dry yeast

Preparation:

Pre-heat oven to 350 F

In a small bowl, combine water, and yeast. Stir until dissolved.  Let the yeast mixture rest for about 5 minutes, or until yeast is bubbly.

In a large bowl mix the flour and salt. When the yeast mixture is bubbly add it to the flour mixture. Add the olive oil. Continue mixing until soft dough ball forms. Mix in the herbs and garlic until fully blended. You made need more or less flour. You want only a soft dough ball.

Turn the Rustic Herb Pizza Dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead for approximately 8 minutes.

Place the kneaded Rustic Herb Pizza Dough into a large oiled bowl and rotate Rustic Herb Pizza Dough until all of it has been lightly coated in oil. Cover with damp warm cloth and let rise in warm, draft free place for about 1/2 hour or until double in size. I like to place it on the top of my stove as it pre-heats.

Once the Rustic Herb Pizza Dough is double in size punch it down in the bowl. Turn Rustic Herb Pizza Dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead for 2 minutes.

Now divide the Rustic Herb Pizza Dough into 2 equal pieces for thin crust pizza or leave as one piece for thick crust pizza. Oil 2 12 inch pizza pans of thin crust or one 12 pan for thick crust. Shape each piece of Rustic Herb Pizza Dough into the pan. Once the Rustic Herb Pizza Dough is shaped and pulled all the way to the sides of the pan you are now ready to add the toppings of your choice.

Bake at 350 F for 10 - 15 minutes. Bake your pizza until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is all bubbly. 

Remove the pizza from the oven and transfer the loaves to a cooling rack or a clean dry cloth.

Allow to cool slightly before slicing to allow the cheese to set.

Enjoy

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