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Low Fat Pizza Dough

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I almost always regret ordering in pizza or bringing a pizza home from the store. Either the crust isn't right or the sauce isn't right, or it's cold and soggy, or something else is wrong. Plus, it can get expensive, especially if we can't agree on toppings and end up buying more than one pie. So we decided we'd be better off making our own. This means we have control over the pizza's ingredients, we can divide up a pie so that it caters to all tastes (my kids want just cheese and not too much sauce; I want less cheese and lots of vegetables). Equally important, we can serve it hot from the oven. We've also discovered that making pizza is fun to do. One of my daughters likes to roll it out; the other likes to slice mushrooms and whatever other toppings we might want.

So here's a recipe for a basic pizza dough, which is virtually fat free and absolutely delicious. Top it as you wish, but be sparing with the cheese and generous with the veggies! This pizza dough, made with bread flour, is super-easy to work with, and routinely makes a 12-inch pie. You can, of course, replace some of the bread flour with some whole wheat flour for an added nutritional boost. This may affect the texture a little, but the pizza will still be satisfying. You can also add some dried herbs into the dry ingredients for added flavor. Finally, you can make the dough ahead of time. After you have punched it down once the dough has risen, simply wrap in floured plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.

Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 27 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 pkg active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup warm water (100-110 degrees)
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • ½ tsp salt

Preparation:

Dissolve honey and yeast in warm water. Leave for 10 minutes until frothy.

In a large bowl stir flour and salt together. Add yeast mixture and stir with a palette knife until a dough ball forms.

Turn out on to floured surface and knead for 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Form a ball and place in a lightly floured large bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and a damp tea cloth. Let dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until doubled in size.

Remove dough from bowl and punch down on lightly floured surface. Roll into 12-inch circle and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet . Top with favorite toppings and bake in a 450-degree oven for 10-13 minutes until golden.

Yields one 12 inch crust.

Serving size: 1/12 of crust.

Per serving: Calories 89, Calories from Fat 3, Total Fat 0.4g (sat0.1g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 98mg, Fiber, 0.7g, Protein 3g

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