Since I discovered that I could put pumpkin and beets into my pizza dough, I have been a bit crazed trying to figure out what else I could add to me pizza dough. So, next on the list was spinach!
The bright green dough was very fun to make. I do have to warn you though; there was a slight spinach-y aftertaste to this one. But, if you like spinach (or if you already had spinach as a topping) it’s really not an issue. The nice part about this dough is that, despite the spinach taste, it packs a nutritional punch and kids are so psyched about the green crust that they will eat it anyway!`
An Amy Original
½ cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
½ tbsp active dry yeast
1 tsp honey
½ cup pureed spinach (directions follow)
½ cup ground flax seed
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 (10 oz) box frozen spinach
Microwave spinach as directed on packaging (8-10 minutes). Blend in a food processor until very smooth (adding 2 tbsp water if necessary).
This will make about 1 ½ cups of spinach puree. Freeze the remaining spinach in ½ cup packages. Use in future pizzas or in place of green puree.
Mix yeast and honey into the warm water. Cover with a damp cloth for 5 minutes until yeast is foamy.
Mix yeast spinach puree, salt, olive oil, flax, and flours in a large bowl. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until all the flour is incorporated and dough is smooth and no longer sticky.
Spray a bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl and turn to coat. Cover with a damp cloth and put in a warm, draft free place to rise. Let the dough raise until it is doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Punch down dough. Split into two halves. Roll each half into 12-inch circles. Cover with sauce and your favorite toppings*.
Place dough onto pizza pans or baking sheets and cook at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese is melted.
This not only looks delicious but it also looks healthy! Really wonderful!ReplyDelete
Thank you! We really enjoyed it and I loved that my picky 2 year old was eating spinach!ReplyDelete