What I love about the Janet & Greta‘s cookbook The Looneyspoons Collection is when I want to make something indulgent like pizza I can find a healthy version that I can adapt.
My hand pain has been pretty darn bad lately so the idea of making their whole wheat dough with ground flax seed for the crust of our favourite pizza was too much for me but letting my breadmaker do the work? Oh yeah…
I will list the ingredients in the order they go into the breadmaker, since when I made it for the first time I did it incorrectly, LOL.
You begin with 2/3 cup of very warm (but not hot) water.
Add 2 tsp of liquid honey and 2 tsp olive oil.
You are also supposed to add 1/2 tsp of salt next but I obviously did not! Not to worry, the world did not end.
Add 1 cup all purpose flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and 2 tbsp of ground flax seed. Top with 2 1/4 tsp of traditional yeast. (The recipe calls for quick yeast but I wasn’t in a hurry.)
Put the breadmaker on dough cycle and an hour and a half later you have a beautiful fluffy dough that immediately starts to deflate when you take it out of the machine! I barely had a second to photograph it before it collapsed completely.
I have to say this was the first time I used the breadmaker I did not have to add extra water for the dough to come together. The portioning for me was perfect! (Impressive…)
Make the Pizza
Then roll out the dough and make your favourite pizza!
Six minutes per side, put the toppings on and broil. Easy!
The dough rose quite a bit, I was super impressed. I thought it might end up being a very thin crust but no, not at all.
It was super delicious though. Reg had no idea it was a healthy crust as he was eating it. I actually enjoyed the earthiness to it and feeling less guilty eating one of our favourite nostalgic dinners.
Thank you Podleski sisters for your inspiration! I think this is going to be my go-to pizza dough recipe from now on. Healthy, easy and delicious? You ladies rock!
Oh this sounds yummy and your pizza pic is making me drool profusely! Going to have to give this a try and see if I can sneak this by my white bread loving family. I’ve managed to get in some whole wheat here and there in various recipes without them noticing so there’s hope yet.
Sandy aka Doris the Great says
That cookbook is my current favorite; and yes, I love the sister too.
How did you get those lovely, delicious looking grill marks on your pizza crust? Oh my, I’m too hungry to be looking at food blogs today!
Suzie Ridler says
Ava, I do hope they like it! You could start out with just using white flour and adding the ground flax seed (boost the flour a bit) to see if they detect it. I actually enjoyed the texture and I’m not a huge fan of whole wheat. Fingers are crossed!
Sandy, mine too, I’ve been cooking from it non-stop lately!
I use a cast iron grill and it has to be pretty piping hot. It sets off my smoke detector all the time. Best $10 I ever spent.
I am so thrilled you posted as I have been wanting to have some pizza with my salad so bad lately, but since finding out some of the ingredients used in dough conditioner in bread and most pizza dough (even store brands), I have not had pizza. After the bread enlightenment, I recently purchased a bread maker to make my own. Now I can also make my own pizza and know exactly what ingredients are in it. Thanks so much Suzie. ~smiles~
Suzie Ridler says
Excellent! I am so glad Peabea, that is great and I am so glad you invested in a bread maker. So liberating! And yes, so important to know what is in our food. It’s awesome when we can make something ourselves. Enjoy!
I’ve used their dough recipe a couple of times and found it more than passable . My twist is to use my stand mixer to do the kneading ( I just hate hand kneading ). The dough doesn’t mind at all LOL . As with about any of the Pod Sisters recipes it’s a never fail , delicious result.
PS I’m almost sure I actually BBQ’d the dough at least once or twice too. Worked very well
Suzie the Foodie says
Yes, of course, use the mixer! For a healthy dough, it’s pretty damn good. 🙂