Different toppings for different people!
The sourdough pizza crust
Adapted from Wild Bread: Handbaked sourdough artisan breads in your own kitchen.
Sourdough pizza is healthier than pizza made with baker’s yeast. The lactic acid bacteria in the sourdough culture provide myriad health benefits. Our pizza crust is also part whole wheat flour (we’re moving towards 100%). Whole grains are also much healthier than refined carbohydrates. Furthermore, I hand grind my flour, so it tastes sweet. Freshly-ground whole grain flour is healthier than store-bought whole grain flour. Store bought whole wheat flour tastes rancid to me. It doesn’t matter whether the flour comes from the bulk bin of a natural food store or is a well-known national brand. The highly polyunsaturated oil in wheat germ goes rancid as quickly as flax and hemp oils do, within weeks.
See my post on making pizza dough and rolling it out.
My pizza-making steps
- Preheat oven to 550ºF. Prepare pizza toppings. Steam broccoli.
- Half-bake crust at 525ºF for 10 minutes (at 7,000 feet).
- Spread on sauce. Add toppings except for broccoli, bake pizza another 10 minutes.
- Turn off oven, take out baked pizza, sprinkle on vegan cheese (I use Daiya Pepperjack), place back in oven a few minutes to melt cheese.
- Remove pizza from oven and place on cooling rack (I slide the pizza off a parchment paper-covered pizza pan).
- Place steamed broccoli on top.
- Allow pizza to cool at least 20 minutes before slicing to ensure that the crust finishes baking; as bread cools, the starches gelatinize, forming the final crumb (texture) of the bread.
A loaf of my whole wheat sourdough flatbread stamped with a bread stamp I bought from Uzbekistan. I bought the stamp on Etsy. Bread stamps prevent flatbreads from developing pockets like pita bread.; it’s the same principal as when I use a fork to keep pizza crust flat. You stamp the bread after it has risen, right before you bake it. Central Asian bread stamps are particularly artistic and come in many different designs, often with a floral look.
What I’ve been doing today: I baked whole wheat loaf bread, flatbread and peppermint chocolate chip okara cookies with flour I ground by hand this morning.
Well, a few days from the start of spring. I solar cooked some long grain brown rice with turmeric to eat with stir-fry leftovers. Afternoon temperatures have been in the mid-60s, so I’m putting the fig tree on the balcony for a few hours every day. I also baked another loaf of whole wheat bread and soaked soy beans for making soy milk in the evening.
Organic, homemade soy milk and peppermint chocolate chip soy okara cookies made with freshly ground whole wheat flour, that is.
Another sourdough loaf made with 100% hand ground whole wheat flour, plus water and sourdough starter. That’s it! Eating my freshly baked bread is always wonderful.