Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Food Matters Project: Mostly Whole Wheat Pizza

photos by scott haydon

I had an excellent weekend in two huge ways. (Three if you count the pizza!)

One, a friend who is like a sister to me had her first baby ever. We got to meet him last night and he is beautiful. He is new. His life is just beginning and we got to witness it. He might have flipped me off while I was holding him but I think it's the beginning of a beautiful friendship anyway. Michelle Ann, I am so proud of you and so glad to meet your baby and share a part of your life.

Two, Scott got his hands on a brand new Canon 5d Mark iii - which means I just inherited a Canon 50d.  I have a goal of taking my own food blog pictures. I also have a goal of being at least 1/10th of the photographer/life documenter that my favorite boy is already.

That said, welcome to this week's Food Matters Project recipe! We got to make pizza!!! Thank you, Niki, for the awesome recipe choice. This was the last scheduled non-paleo meal in the Anderson-Haydon household. I am so glad it was pizza because I LOVE making pizza with Scott. He is a great tosser of pizza. He makes it look easy. And I think it's pretty cute when a boy helps you in the kitchen.

I'll admit to making a pretty big mistake with the pizza dough. One I didn't even know I made until I just looked up the recipe again to put it here. I didn't put any olive oil in the dough. Not even a little bit. I was in a hurry and it was morning and we were running late to an event in Gig Harbor and I guess I can't read. So, yeah. Use olive oil. (It still tasted fine.)

adapted from The Food Matters Cookbook.

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup white bread flour (or all-purpose)
1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon salt
*2 tablespoons olive oil

Combine flour, yeast, salt. Add a cup and a half of water and combine. Mine was a tad dry so I added a smidge more water.

Let the dough sit for 6 to 12 hours.

*This is where you could use olive oil. If you weren't forgetful like me. Spread 1 tablespoon olive oil on top of cooking sheet. Shape dough into whatever shape you'd like (rectangle/circle/whatever). Spread the remaining olive oil on the dough.

Preheat oven to 500.

Put whatever toppings you want on your pizza and bake for about 14 minutes or until cheese is browning and dough is done.

We topped our pizza with some Trader Joe's Pizza sauce, sliced garlic, diced shallots, mushrooms, green bell pepper, chopped italian chicken sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella.


  1. Ooops! I didn't use any olive oil in my dough... it was still ok though. But will definitely try using olive oil next time, that could change things. Do you live in Washington State?

  2. Congratulations to your friend! I know what that feels like, my best friend gave birth to a beautiful baby girl last summer. Your pizza looks so tasty!