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Lesson 3 - Whole-wheat Pizza Crust (Yeast bread/pizza crust)

Make a MyPlate Pizza

A pizza can provide all the food groups.  What are your favorite toppings? What could you add to make your pizza more healthful?

  • Grain group: The crust of a pizza can include wheat or other grains.  The crust can be an English muffin for a personal pizza, a tortilla or other grain items.  Remember to make half of your grain choices whole grains.  Sometimes pizza crust can be made out of cauliflower.  
  • Vegetable group: Pizza sauce often includes tomatoes (which technically are a fruit but we count them as vegetables on MyPlate). Almost any kind of veggie can go on a pizza, including shredded carrots, mushrooms, peppers, onion and spinach. 
  • Fruit group: Try pineapple, pear, mango or apple slices.
  • Protein group: All types of meat, chicken, ham, shrimp, beans, eggs and other protein foods make tasty toppings. 
  • Dairy group: Mozzarella cheese is the usual kind of cheese, but try cheddar, feta, Parmesan and other types of cheese.  Many types of cheese are available. 

Whole-wheat Pizza Crust


3/4 cup whole-wheat flour

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 package quick-rising yeast (2 1/4 tsp)

3/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. sugar

1/2 cup warm water (110 F)

* 2 tsp. cooking oil


1. Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl.

2. Stir in mix dry ingredients. 

3. In a separate bowl, combine hot water and oil (water should be 120 F); gradually combine water mixture with dry ingredients until a sticky ball forms.  *If dough is too dry, add 1 to 2 Tbsp. warm water; if dough is too sticky, ad 1 to 2 Tbsp. flour. 

4. Knead by hand on a floured surface.  Using a stand mixer, process dough for one minute to knead.

5. Spray a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and cover bowl, allowing dough to rest for 10 to 20 minutes before rolling. 

6. Preheat oven to 450 F and roll out dough (13-inch circle or two smaller circles). 

7. Brush crust with oil and poke with fork.  Bake for about three minutes, then remove from the oven. 

8. Add toppings, then return pizza to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes until cheese melts and crust is browned. 

Makes 10 servings.  Each serving has 70 calories, 1 g fat, 2 g protein, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber and 180 milligrams sodium. 

Recipe courtesy of the North Dakota Wheat Commission at www.ndwheat.com


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