Even if you have a nice sunny weather outside and nice people all around sometimes you can feel terribly low, useless, lonely and, well, bad . With no particular reason. It just happens and that’s all. For such days/moments you need pizza. Well, at least I find it very comforting and calming. It is no about stupid binging on fast food, Oh no. It’s about really thin, crispy pizza made with wholemeal flour with healthy, light toppings (goat cheese, fresh basil, arugula, spinach, cherry tomatoes – you name it), some crystals of sea salt and drops of good olive oil. The best and I think the simplest recipe for pizza dough is the one I’ve found some time ago on the great SmittenKitchen Blog.
It is very nice and you just can not ruin it (so there is no risk of feeling worse)
Pizza Dough – Adapted form the Smitten Kitchen
2 cups flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons of salt
2 teaspoons of dry yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, add water and olive oil and stir well, touching the sides of the bowl with the spoon and collecting all flour into the center of the bowl. Try to from a nice ball-like form. Having it, transform your dough on the floured surface and knead for few minutes, so you would have a really nice, elastic bowl (if the dough don’t want to cooperate with You, leavce it for mere 2-3 minutes on the counter – after some rest it should get form easier.
Grease the bowl you have used to mix the dough with some olive oil and put there you pizza dough bowl, cover with elastic wrap and leave for 1-2 hours.
Knead once again to get rid of gas bubbles from the dough, wrap in elastic foil and leave for additional 20 minutes.
Heat the oven to 200 C degrees. Flatten the dough on a greased and floured baking sheet, add your fav toppings and bake for 10 minutes
Knead it for just a minute or two. Lightly oil the bowl (a spritz of cooking spray perfectly does the trick) where you had mixed it — one-bowl recipe! — dump the dough in, turn it over so all sides are coated, cover it in plastic wrap and leave it undisturbed for an hour or two, until it has doubled in size.