Fontina, Olive, and Tomato Pizza with Basil Whole Wheat Crust

The difference between this special recipe and all others of its ilk lies in its crust. Whole wheat is a great source of fiber and the basil wonderfully complements the creamy cheese, olives and tomatoes.

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This pizza has no sauce and it will yield 12 wedges for six people. Per serving, this will cost the consumer 341 calories and 47.3 carbs.

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Ingredients

To Make Dough:

1 tablespoon honey

1 package active dry yeast (about 2-1/4 teaspoons)

1 cup warm water (100° to 110°)

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

  Cooking spray

2 tablespoons stone-ground yellow cornmeal

Remaining ingredients:

 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced (about 1/2 pound)

1 cup) shredded fontina cheese

 3 tablespoons chopped pitted kalamata olives

 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1 tablespoon pine nuts, coarsely chopped

Cracked black pepper (optional)

Directions

1. To prepare dough, dissolve honey and yeast in 1 cup warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, salt, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper to yeast mixture; stir until a soft dough forms.

2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until soft and elastic (about 6 minutes); add enough of remaining all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to keep dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel slightly sticky).

3. Knead in fresh basil just until incorporated. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 40 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.)

4. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle (about 1/4 inch thick) on a lightly floured surface. Place dough on a rimless baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Crimp edges of dough with fingers to form a rim. Lightly spray surface of dough with cooking spray; cover with plastic wrap. Place dough in refrigerator.

6. Position one oven rack in the middle setting. Position another rack in the lowest setting, and place a rimless baking sheet on the bottom rack. Preheat oven to 500°.

7. Remove plastic wrap from dough; discard. Remove preheated baking sheet from oven; close oven door. Slide dough onto preheated baking sheet, using a spatula as a guide.

8. Bake on lowest oven rack at 500° for 8 minutes.

9. Arrange tomato slices on paper towels. Cover with additional paper towels; let stand 5 minutes.

10. Sprinkle fontina over crust, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Arrange tomato slices and olives over fontina; sprinkle with mozzarella. Top with pine nuts.

11. Bake on middle rack an additional 8 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese melts. Garnish with cracked pepper, if desired.

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Posted by M Dee Dubroff, on January 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM