A meal that we all love is pizza! I think most others do, too.
These days I make a simple soaked pizza dough that is very versatile. You can add a little more water to make a softer dough and ultimately chewier crust, or a little less water for a stiffer dough and crispier crust. It can be topped with anything, made thin or thick, and it can be frozen partway through the process for homemade, healthy frozen pizza! It can even be used for other pizza-like dishes, such as breadsticks or focaccia.
We used it to make this delicious white pizza.
Not sure what “soaking” is? Here’s why we do it. If you don’t want to, you can skip the soaking step and make this as regular pizza dough.
Recipe Collection: Soaked Pizza Dough
- 3 c. whole wheat flour
- 3 tbsp. coconut or olive oil
- 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 c. water
- 2 tsp. sea salt
- 3 tsp. yeast
Step 1: About 15 hours before you want to eat pizza, combine the flour, oil, and water in a glass bowl. (The night before or morning before dinner is fine.)
Step 2: Cover this and set it in a warm place overnight or for 8 – 12 hours.
Step 3: The next day (or later), sprinkle with salt and yeast. If you do not choose to soak, combine all ingredients now.
Step 4: Knead the dough until it’s well mixed and smooth and elastic.
Step 5: Allow the dough to rise for a couple hours, until doubled. Soaked dough takes longer to rise than unsoaked dough.
Step 6: Preheat the oven to 425.
Step 7: Spread the dough on a baking sheet. This will make roughly one 18×13 thin-ish crust, or two 12″ round pans.
Step 8: Bake the dough for 5 minutes.
Step 9: Once it’s pre-baked, top it however you like and bake for an additional 10 – 15 minutes until the toppings are done and the crust is golden brown. Alternately, once it’s pre-baked and topped, wrap it up and freeze it to bake later (about 20 minutes from frozen).
Enjoy homemade pizza night!