I don’t know about y’all, but Tuesday is my least favorite day of the week. I know many get caught up in the miserableness of moanday but I actually don’t mind Monday’s. Monday’s are like a fresh start, yes you most likely have to go back to work, but you have a whole new week and weekend of shenannigins to look forward to and that wonderful feeling of newness that comes with the first day of a week full of new adventures. Tuesday’s however, tuesday’s are just there. They aren’t halfway to the weekend like Wednesdays, nor do the come with Thursday’s tingly excitement that it’s almost Friday, no. Tuesday’s are just kind of a filler day while you wait for a more exciting one. Blah. Therefore, I like to brighten up Tuesdays by doing something a little extra special and fun. Sometimes that’s meeting a girlfriend for a gabfest over some martini’s, or maybe making an extra fun dinner. This particular Tuesday a friend and I will be shaking our groove thangs at a pole dancing fitness class (a spur of the moment groupon purchase haha). However, may I suggest that you treat yourself to something fun this Tuesday as well? Maybe a fun dinner… Perhaps…pizza?
Pizza is always deeelicious and fun, but maybe not so healthy. Which is why last Sunday, when struck by a yearning for that cheesy, tasty delectableness, my boyfriend and I decided to make our own. This is always a fun idea because you can customize the pizza however you like! Also, to make it a little more healthy and cut costs a little further, I decided to make my own pizza crust and it came out amazingly perfect so I thought i’d share :) I concocted this recipe after reading several different recipes on google and then adapting it to make it my own.
Wheat Pizza Crust
- 2 tbls. Olive Oil, divided
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tsp. basil
- 2 tsp. italian seasoning
- 1 tbls. active yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup white flour
- 4 tbs. butter
- 1 tsp. garlic
- Dissolve honey in warm water, sprinkle yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.
- Stir 1 tbls. olive oil, salt, basil and italian seasoning into the yeast mixture, then mix in the whole wheat flour and .75 cup of the all-purpose flour until dough starts to come together. Tip dough out onto a surface floured with the remaining all-purpose flour, and 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 towel, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- When the dough is doubled, tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 2 pieces for 2 thin crust, or leave whole to make one thick crust. Form into a tight ball. Let rise for about 45 minutes, until doubled.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). 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 crust. When the circle has reached the desired size, place on a well oiled pizza pan.
- In a small bowl, melt the butter with the garlic and mix until combined. Brush over the top of the pizza dough until the surface is covered.
- Prebake dough for 5 minutes in the oven.
- Then Top pizza with your favorite toppings, such as sauce, cheese, meats, or vegetables.
- Bake for 16 to 20 minutes (depending on thickness) in the preheated oven, until the crust is crisp and golden at the edges, and cheese is melted on the top.
Mmm, this came out so perfect! The garlic butter topping gave it that extra hit of YUM.
My boyfriend and I lined the eggs with mozzarella cheese and then rolled them up to make a stuffed crust. I topped my side with organic pizza sauce, fresh basil, onion, spinach, cream cheese, feta goat cheese and dried cherries. Mmmm…
(hmm…can you play guess the girls vs. boys side? haha)
Fun Idea: If you’re making this with a friend or significant other, play pizza wars. My boyfriend and I do this everytime. We give eachother a side of the pizza and then top it however we like without conferring and create a competition out of “who made the better pizza”. When the pizza is done we try a small slice of eachother’s side and declare a winner. Always fun!
Two Question Tuesday!
What are your favorite pizza toppings? (those dried cherries were pretty darn bomb-diggity let me tell you! That may be a new favorite)
What is your least favorite day of the week?