My sister and I love trying new new combinations when it comes to food. We also love squash. So what could be better than pizza with squash on it? I am a big fan of making pizza with unconventional toppings – I’ve tried carrots, kale, broccoli, even pears. This particular pizza is topped with acorn squash, spinach, a generous amount of pizza sauce, and fresh mozzarella.
What really makes a good pizza, though, is the crust. If you can make a good crust, anything you put on the pizza will be good. That’s why I want to share with you this hearty, healthy pizza crust.
Whole Wheat, Flax, and Honey Pizza Crust
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup very warm water
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons honey
nonstick cooking spray
herbs and spices (garlic salt, parsley, italian seasoning, garlic, etc.)
1. In a medium bowl, combine flours, flax meal, yeast and salt. Mix well.
2. Measure warm water in a measuring cup, stir in olive oil and honey. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and mix using a wooden spoon to form a ball. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, knead for 2 minutes. Spray another bowl with nonstick spray and place dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until double in size, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, spray a 12-inch cookie sheet with nonstick spray and dust with cornmeal.
3. When dough has risen, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and, using a rolling pin, roll dough into a 12 inch circle. Transfer dough to prepared pizza pan. Top with pizza toppings and bake for 15 minutes in a 425* oven. Or, prick crust with a fork and baked untopped for 6 minutes. Remove crust from oven, top with pizza toppings and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes.