The Whole Wheat

The Whole Wheat
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The Whole Wheat
Moshe Zusman
The Whole Wheat

This pizza recipe comes from Ruth Gresser of Pizzeria Paradiso in Washington, D.C. A vegan take on the classic tomato and cheese pizza, fresh tomato sauce covers a nutty whole-wheat base.

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4
Servings
509
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

This recipe makes dough for two 12-inch pizzas. You can store any leftover dough in the freezer until ready to use.

Ingredients

For the Whole Wheat Pizza Dough:

  • 1½  Cup  warm water
  • 1  Teaspoon  active dry yeast
  • 1  Tablespoon  kosher salt
  • 1  Tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1  Pound  100-percent whole-wheat flour, plus more for dusting

For the Fresh Tomato Sauce:

  • 3–4  medium ripe tomatoes (about 1 ¾ pounds)
  • 3  Tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1  Tablespoon  chopped garlic
  • ½  Teaspoon  chopped fresh oregano
  • 1  Tablespoon  chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • ¾  Teaspoon  kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For The Whole Wheat Crust:

  • Flour, for sprinkling
  • Cornmeal, for sprinkling
  • 4  Ounces  vegan mozzarella or regular mozzarella, shredded or diced (about ¾ cup)
  • Kosher salt
  • Olive oil, for drizzling

Directions

For the Whole Wheat Pizza Dough:

Place the water in the bowl of an electric mixer. Dissolve the yeast in the water and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk the salt and oil into the water mixture. Add the flour and place the bowl on the mixer. Using the dough hook attachment, mix on the lowest speed until a rough dough is formed.

Raise the speed of the mixer slightly. Knead the dough until it has a smooth and elastic texture, about 5 minutes. To test the dough, turn off the machine and press the dough with your fingertip. When it begins to spring back, the dough is fully kneaded and ready to rise. Because this dough is made with 100-percent whole-wheat flour, the dough may not spring back completely when pressed.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour at room temperature, or overnight in the refrigerator.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Cut into 2 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Place the dough balls on a floured plate and cover with plastic wrap. Let them rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour at room temperature for room temperature dough or 2 to 3 hours at room temperature for cold dough. Or, let rise in the refrigerator for 6 hours or up to overnight. (At this point, you may freeze the dough. When ready to use, thaw overnight in the refrigerator.) Allow refrigerated dough to stand at room temperature for 1 hour before using.

For the Fresh Tomato Sauce:

Bring a 4-quart pot of water to a boil. Place the tomatoes, 2 or 3 at a time, in the boiling water for 30 seconds and then transfer them to a bowl of ice water. Working with one tomato at a time, score the skin with a paring knife. Lift a piece of the skin from the tomato flesh and begin peeling it away. Continue peeling until all the skin has been removed. Repeat the process with the other tomatoes.

Remove the core and cut each tomato in half horizontally. Working over a bowl, take a half of a tomato in your palm and squeeze gently and evenly against the flesh of the tomato until the seeds flow from the flesh. Repeat this with the other tomatoes. Discard the seeds. Chop the tomato flesh into ½-inch (1.3 cm) dice. You should have about 3 cups (about 540 g).

Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat until warm. Add the garlic and oregano and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes, stirring often to ensure the garlic does not burn.

Add the tomatoes, parsley, salt, and several grindings of pepper. Cook until the tomatoes soften and begin to release their juices. Continue cooking for another minute. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Store the sauce in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for longer storage.

For The Whole Wheat Crust:

Place a pizza stone on the top rack of a cool oven. Set the oven to broil and preheat for 30 minutes.

On a generously floured work surface, flatten the dough ball with your fingertips and stretch it into a 12-inch round. Sprinkle a pizza peel  with cornmeal and lay the pizza dough round on it. Spread ¾-cup of the tomato sauce onto the pizza dough, leaving ½- to ¾-inch of dough uncovered around the outside edge. Scatter the cheese on top of the tomato sauce. Sprinkle with salt and drizzle with oil.

Give the peel a quick shake to be sure the pizza is not sticking to the peel. Slide the pizza off the peel onto the stone in the oven. Broil for 1 minute. Turn the oven temperature to the highest bake setting and cook for 5 minutes. Quickly open the oven door, pull out the rack, and with a pair of tongs, rotate the pizza (not the stone) a half turn. Cook for 5 minutes more.

Using the peel, remove the pizza from the oven. Cut into slices and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
25g
36%
Sugar
10g
11%
Saturated Fat
17g
71%
Cholesterol
2mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
64g
49%
Protein
8g
17%
Vitamin A, RAE
99µg
14%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
77mg
8%
Choline, total
13mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
92µg
23%
Iron, Fe
6mg
33%
Magnesium, Mg
71mg
22%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
197mg
28%
Selenium, Se
10µg
18%
Sodium, Na
231mg
15%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
144g
5%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Whole Wheat Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Whole Wheat Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.

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