Wholemeal pizza base

    2 hours 45 min

    This is a recipe for a wholemeal pizza dough that comes out soft and chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside. Use with your favourite pizza toppings or pizza recipes.

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    Serves: 10 

    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 350ml warm water (45 C)
    • 1 tablespoon dried active yeast
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 240g wholemeal flour
    • 200g plain flour

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:2hr proofing  ›  Ready in:2hr45min 

    1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the top; let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.
    2. Stir the olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture, then mix in the wholemeal flour and about 125g plain flour until dough starts to come together. Tip dough out onto a surface floured with the remaining flour; knead until all of the flour has been absorbed and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl and turn to coat the surface. Cover loosely with a clean drying cloth and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
    3. When the dough has doubled, tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 2 pieces for 2 thin bases, or leave whole to make one thick base. Form into a tight ball. Let rise for about 45 minutes, until doubled.
    4. Preheat the oven to 220 C / Gas 7. Roll a ball of dough with a rolling pin until it will not stretch any further. Then, drape it over both of your fists and gently pull the edges outward, while rotating the dough. When the circle has reached the desired size, place on a well oiled pizza pan or baking tray. Top pizza with your favourite pizza sauce and toppings.
    5. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes (depending on thickness) in the preheated oven, until the base is crisp and golden at the edges and cheese has melted.

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    Light and fluffy dough that crisped well. The boyfriend loved it too!  -  07 Nov 2016


    Incredible! I modified the recipe a little using only whole wheat flour (3 1/4 cups) and substituted honey for the sugar. I an extra teaspoon of salt and added 1 t. italian seasoning to the dough for added flavor. I put the ingredients in the bread machine on the dough setting and let it do the work for me!! I precooked the crust for 5 min at 500 degrees and then added the ingredients and cooked it for an additional 14 minutes at 425. Pizza came out PERFECT! even those at the table who were skeptical of whole wheat crust RAVED about this recipe. we will be making this one again and again!  -  25 Apr 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Absolutely delicious! I tweaked it just a bit. Since I'm doing South Beach, I used 3-1/4 c of whole wheat flour and no white flour. I also added 1 tbl of basil and 1/2 tbl of oregano to the mix. I used the dough cycle on my bread machine. I baked the crust at 500 degrees for 4 minutes and then put the ingredients on and baked it for an additional 6 minutes at 425 degrees. It came out crispy on the outside and chewy inside. What a great recipe and so easy when you use a bread machine! Since I had plenty of dough left over, I used it to make some breadsticks. I baked them for 3 minutes at 450 degrees, took them out of the oven and brushed them with melted Smart Balance spread, sprinkled a mixture of parmesan cheese and Kosher salt on the top, and baked them for an additional 4 minutes. We dipped them in the leftover pizza sauce. So good! And since I didn't have to feel guilty eating pizza since I'm on South Beach, they were even better. I will definitely be making this recipe again!  -  17 Feb 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)