With this quick, no-yeast dough you can make this pizza in a few minutes! Top with a simple tomato sauce, vegetables and feta and you’ll have a perfect dinner in no-time!
Though most evenings I have the habit of eating a large salad, there are times I desperately crave a pizza! This happens to me especially when I’m watching a movie or a TV series, and suddenly the delivery man appears on screen holding a big box of pizza…
When I don’t have the spiritual levels to resist this urge, I know I have two options; either pick up the phone and order the first pizza on the menu or head straight to the kitchen and make one! But in order to do the later, I have to have a recipe that’s easy, quick and delicious! And that’s exactly what my whole wheat Mediterranean pizza is!
For the pizza dough, I choose to use all-purpose and whole wheat flour, usually in equal quantities. Whole wheat flour provides more fiber, nutrients and complex carbohydrates to the dough while having an earthy sweetness, so it’s a perfect addition! To the flour mixture, I add milk and olive oil because I want the dough soft inside and crusty on the outside. And olive oil can help me achieve that!
As I’ve said, when I want pizza, I want it know, so I don’t have the patience to wait for the dough to rise, that’s why I use baking powder instead of yeast, as a raising agent. It’s like making a quick bread recipe, only flattened! (Note to self: try this pizza with this beer and olives quick bread).
The dough comes together very easily and you don’t need a mixer to make it; just a bowl, a fork and your hands. After that, you just flour lightly your working surface and roll out to your favorite shape; the more uneven, the more rustic the look!
Feta cheese has about 20% fat, while most of the yellow cheeses traditionally used in pizzas have 40% fat or even more. This makes feta cheese a healthy alternative which of course may not form long, melted cheese strings, but it certainly doesn’t lack anything in taste! My recipe for this Mediterranean pizza also includes some tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, olives, onions and fresh oregano. It is best to add the oregano at the end of baking to avoid any bitterness.
- For the quick pizza dough:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- For the toppings:
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- 1/4 cup olives, sliced
- 1 cup tomatoes (cherry, heirloom or other, cubed)
- 2 cups feta cheese, crumbled
- A few sprigs of fresh oregano (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
Preheat your oven to 356°F (180°C).
In a large bowl mix the flours with the salt, oregano and baking powder. Add the milk and the olive oil and stir with a fork until the dough comes together. Dust your work surface with flour and transfer the dough there. You don’t have to knead it, just roll out into a circle about 15 inches (38 cm) in diameter. If it’s sticky, dust with more flour.
Transfer the dough to a greased pan. Mix the tomato paste with water and pepper and spread it onto the dough. Top with feta cheese and the rest of the ingredients except the oregano.
Bake at the lower shelf of your oven for 20-30 minutes, until vegetables are caramelized. Sprinkle with oregano and eat!
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