Recipe for Success: Pizza

Whenever I’m studying I like to take “productive study breaks.” I’ve found that creating something tends to get my mind off of studying long enough to let my brain reboot from all the programming I’ve been mashing into it. Sometimes I like to draw, trace random geometric figures in bright colors, or stare blankly at my computer screen trying to remember what it was that I was going to Google search, but most recently I’ve found that cooking is a great way to take a study break (and have a tasty study break snack). My study break food of choice: pizza.

Pizza isn’t generally considered a healthful food, but when you make it yourself its a lot healthier (and tastier). This pizza is remarkable easy to make and allows you to get up and take a few study breaks over the course of a couple hours. Its also really easy to make the entire recipe and freeze the excess dough for later. Prep time is short and cook time is even shorter.

You’ll need:

  • 3 Cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 Cup whole wheat flour*
  • 1 Cup of water
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of oil
  • 2 Teaspoons of salt
  • 1/2 warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey
  • 1 Packet of dry active yeast
  • Veggie/cheese toppings of your choice

6 Easy steps (and a study break):

  1. Dissolve the honey in 1/2 cup of warm water. Stir in your packet of yeast. Let sit 10 minutes.
  2. Add all of the ingredients together (except for the toppings, of course), mix well, and then knead together on a floured surface for about 5 minutes. Put the dough in a covered bowl and go study for an hour.
  3. When you come back to your dough, you should see that it has about doubled in size; this is good. Punch the dough down and cut it into four even pieces**.
  4. Roll one of the four pieces of dough out on aluminum foil in a baking sheet to the desired thickness. (If you don’t own a rolling pin, you can use a cup or a water bottle or really anything cylindrical as a substitute.) Pre-heat the oven to 450ºF. Let the dough sit for 10 minutes while you…
  5. Prep your toppings. Cut your veggie/cheese choices into small pieces. You can top your pizza with just about anything that strikes your fancy, I like tomatoes, broccoli, onions, and garlic. You might want to cook hard veggies like broccoli really briefly (think 1 or 2 minutes) before adding them to your pizza.
  6. Pop your pizza in the oven for about 12 minutes.
  7. Enjoy

Notes:

* You can use more whole wheat flour and less white flour or vice-versa, but the more whole wheat flour you use the more dense your dough will be.

**Wrap your remaining dough, coated in a bit of oil, in plastic wrap and refrigerate or freeze until needed.

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