When I started this A Year of Yeast series, I knew that one of the things I wanted to tackle was pizza dough. In my opinion, being able to whip up a quick pizza is sort of an essential culinary skill. Although pizza sometimes gets a bad rap in the dietary department, I think there are ways to make a version that is both healthy and delicious.

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So today I want to share my new go-to recipe for Whole Wheat Pizza Dough. I found it earlier this week when I was looking for recipes on BHG.com. (I’m a contributor to their food blog, Delish Dish so every other week, I pick a recipe and recreate it with my own little twist).

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I was thrilled to see this recipe for Pizza Dippers. I love my pizza extra saucy! I was even more excited that the recipe included homemade pizza dough and the option to make the dough whole wheat. Perfection!

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First, let me tell you, making pizza dough from scratch is easy peasy. As with most yeast-based recipes, it does require a little planning, but it’s totally worth it. You could even whip up a batch of dough one evening and leave it in your refrigerator until the following night.

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The resulting dough is both soft and flavorful. I like my dough on the thinner side, so I rolled it out quite a bit. I also love how this recipe includes a little cut out for extra sauce. It’s such a unique way to serve pizza.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Adapted from BHG’s Pizza Dough

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ – 1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
1 package active dry yeast
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup warm water (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F)
2 tablespoons olive oil

Let’s get baking:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, yeast, sugar, and salt; add the warm water and oil. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping the bowl as needed. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes.

Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the whole wheat flour as you can. Knead in remaining whole wheat flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total).

Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place until the dough doubles in size (about 45 minutes).

Punch dough down.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Cover; let rest for 10 minutes.

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Pretty easy, right? So now that you know how to make the dough, click here to head on over to BHG’s Delish Dish to learn how to put together the rest of this recipe for Pizza Dippers! You won’t be disappointed. Not only are they delicious, but they are fun to eat, too!

Enjoy!

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When I started this A Year of Yeast series, I knew that one of the things I wanted to tackle was pizza dough. In my opinion, being able to whip up a quick pizza is sort of an essential culinary skill. Although pizza sometimes gets a bad rap in the dietary department, I think there […]




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A Year of Yeast has been trucking along for over four months. Can you believe it? I have to tell you I’ve been enjoying every minute of it. As I enter month five I can honestly say my fear of yeast has pretty much subsided. Today I wanted to try something in the sweet category.

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As you may remember from one of my Weekend Wanderlust posts, I was drooling over this recipe from Martha Stewart. Little balls of dough dipped in butter, dredged with cinnamon and sugar, and drizzled with a delicious glaze. I’d say they are similar to monkey bread but a bit drier and lighter. Plus, the glaze sends these little bits over the top.

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Being a huge fan of sweets, I am tempted to sit down with this pan and gobble them all up with a big glass or milk or a hot cup of jo!  Who’s with me?!

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Look at the ooey, gooey goodness

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Okay, I can’t take it anymore. Enough chatter, let’s get baking!

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Cinnamon Bun Bites

Cinnamon Bun Bites
Here’s what you’ll need:

Bites:
1/2 cup warm water
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick unsalted butter, softened, plus 1/2 stick, melted, and more for coating the dish
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Vanilla Glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pour water into the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle yeast evenly over water, and let stand until foamy, 5 to 7 minutes. Whisk until smooth, then whisk in 1/2 cup flour to form a loose paste. Let rise in a warm place until yeast mixture has risen and fallen, about 30 minutes.

Add eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, vanilla, and remaining flour to yeast mixture. Knead dough, using dough hook attachment on mixer, until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add 1 stick butter, and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes (add a little more flour if the dough is too sticky). Turn out dough onto an unfloured work surface, and knead by hand until very smooth, about 3 minutes. Transfer dough to another bowl, and let rise in a warm place, covered with a damp cloth or plastic wrap, until doubled, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Punch down dough; press out air bubbles.

Lightly butter a 9-inch pie plate. Place melted butter in a bowl. In another bowl,stir together remaining 1 cup sugar and the cinnamon.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls (I ended up with about 55). Working with 1 at a time, dip balls into melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and place in pie plate. Stack balls to form a dome. Sprinkle with any remaining cinnamon-sugar, and drizzle with any leftover butter. Cover with plastic wrap, and let balls rise by half, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unwrap balls, and place pie plate on a baking sheet. Bake until golden and firm (a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean), 50 to 55 minutes. Let bites cool in dish for 15 minutes.

In the meantime, let’s make the glaze. First, stir together sugar and salt in a small bowl.

Then, whisk together butter, milk, and vanilla, and stir into sugar until mixture forms a smooth paste. Keep glaze at room temperature until ready to drizzle over cinnamon-bun bites. Before using, whisk until smooth.

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Feel free to keep your Cinnamon Bun Bites in the pie pan like I did or remove the loaf and serve them up on a beautiful wood cutting board. The choice is yours. Thanks again to Martha Stewart for this fabulous recipe, which I slightly adapted.

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What do you think of these Cinnamon Bun Bites? Will you be making them?

A Year of Yeast has been trucking along for over four months. Can you believe it? I have to tell you I’ve been enjoying every minute of it. As I enter month five I can honestly say my fear of yeast has pretty much subsided. Today I wanted to try something in the sweet category. […]




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