If there is a food that I absolutely love it would have to be pizza. Who doesn’t’ like a crispy crust, yummy meat and vegetables, oooey gooey cheese? I like that pizza is a well-balanced meal. Am I right? I’m always there for the pizza! I started making this easy homemade pizza dough about 10 years ago. This is when I was first introduced to grinding my own flour. Yes, it is still a thing and I’m going to show you how easy it is to make.
What is Grinding Your Own Flour?
I have noticed over the years so many people are allergic to “gluten”. I for one thought I had an intolerance. It’s simply not true. Now, Celiac Disease is a completely different ball game. Let’s dive in. When you grind your own flour, that means you are taking the wheat berry that is extracted from the farmer. You then put it in a mill grinder (either manual or electric). Beautiful fresh flour is then created, just as it was designed to.
Our flour is not supposed to be white. Did you know the manufactures are bleaching our flour? Back in the early 1900’s, the the big mill machines started removing the bran and the germ (two very vital nutrients), therefore increasing the shelf life of the flour. Red more about the health benefits of grinding your own flour HERE.
Why I Grind My Own Flour
Let me get back to my story of why I thought I had a gluten insensitivity or allergy. I had this rough bumpy “chicken skin” on my arms and then I started developing a rash on my neck. I’ll go into more details about my health journey in another post but for now, I really am going to give you the pizza dough recipe LOL. Stay with me as this is important.
Once I started grinding my own flour and eating the bread, both of my symptoms were gone in just a few short weeks. Whole wheat berries are loaded with vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. I was lacking these vital nutrients from store bought bread and it was making me sick. Plus, they have added other things that just isn’t good for us. I’m a firm believer that God created the wheat. I truly believe that when we alter things that should not be altered, then we are going to have some problems.
Some Useful Tips
Only a few supplies are needed to get started. Share your mill with a friend. Honestly, I borrowed my friends a few times a month until I could afford to purchase my own. They make a great Mother’s Day or Birthday present. That’s how I got mine lol. Here is the mill that I use here.
Simple ingredients and an easy weeknight meal. Try to keep an extra pizza dough in the freezer at all times. They will last a few weeks in there. It makes things less stressful when dinner comes around. My pantry and fridge are usually stocked at all times. If I happen to be out of something, I just improvise with something else. Always wingin’ it here and using what I have on hand. Alright, let’s get into the recipe.
How Do You Make Homemade Pizza Dough
Pizza dough is probably the simplest thing to make. You do not have to use a mixer and this requires very little knead time. You can make it ahead and freeze it or make it fresh the day you want to use it. This recipe will yield two homemade pizza doughs or you can even stretch it to three if you like yours thin.
Feel free to use any kind of flour that you like. For the sake of this recipe, I am using my fresh milled hard white wheat flour. This recipe comes from Sue Becker and you can find her book here. It is packed with all kinds of information on how to grind and the health benefits of using freshly milled flour.You will first start with the flour and water. Let that rest for 20 minutes. Lastly, you’ll sprinkle the yeast on top and then add in the olive oil and salt. Knead it and that’s it.
Homemade Pizza Dough
- Wondermill Grain Mill
How I Buy Grains
After finding out “I can eat bread again” (YAY), I decided to become a CO-OP Leader for Bread Beckers in 2017 for my town and surrounding areas. I have close to 70 members and we are always growing. You can check them out HERE and order directly from their website or join a CO-OP near to you. If you are local to me, I’d love to have you in our group. Click HERE for more information.
Let me know if you try making pizza dough. You can do this, even if you work full-time. I don’t grind my flour every time I bake something with it. It will store in the freezer fresh for up to 14 days. That’s like grinding your flour only twice a month. I’ll be sharing some videos on just how to do all of this. It is quite simple. Giving my family nutritious food is so important to me. Stay tuned and comment below on what is your favorite topping on pizza.
Supplies I used
“The most life-changing dietary improvement I’ve ever made for myself and my family was when I began to mill my flour at home. The hope and encouragement this change brought to my family are a blessing too good not to share.” ~ Sue Becker, CNC & Owner of The Bread Beckers
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