This is a simple, yet tasty pizza base recipe that my family love, even my partner enjoys it and looks forward to pizza night! With Food Revolution Day upon us I wanted to share a healthy recipe that would be enjoyed by the entire family and also one that would involve getting kids into the kitchen easily. I remember growing up my Mum would make home made pizza. Her bases were rather thick and fluffy however I loved helping her with the toppings. This base on the other hand is thin and made with whole meal spelt flour. Get your kids to help top the pizza once the base is ready. Chop up vegetables and grate some cheese and let them get dirty and enjoy. Try swapping your weekly or monthly pizza night for this healthier version and nourish your family at the same time.
Spelt flour has a slight nutty flavour and although it does contain gluten it is rich in many nutrients, vitamins, minerals and essential organic compounds. It is becoming widely popular and can be easily replaced with other flour when making cakes, bread, and cookies. When ever possible try buy organic spelt flour and whole meal as best you can. Another popular recipe of mine using spelt flour is my Choc Chip Chunky Monkey Banana Slice you can get the recipe http://minimuncher.com/choc-chip-chunky-monkey-banana-slice/
Benefits of eating Spelt Flour
A single cup of spelt flour contains 19 grams of fibre. The high fibre content can be very useful in helping to control the cholesterol in the blood stream and assist in restricting the amount of bad cholesterol that is absorbed into the blood. Dietary fibre allows food to pass through the system easily and helps with constipation and bloating. Being unusually high in iron and copper these 2 minerals can improve the circulation which aids in bringing oxygen to the vital organs in the body and also help produce red blood cells which can prevent anemia too. Spelt is high in protein which assists the production of new tissues, muscles and bone growth. Containing thiamine spelt aids in boosting the immune system and aids in guarding the body against infection and disease. Spelt is a complex carbohydrate and doesn’t spike sugar levels like refined flours containing simple carbohydrates. it can is in regulating blood sugar levels and research shows that perhaps it can stop people developing diabetes. The benefits of eating spelt are enormous and unless you are gluten intolerant including spelt into your diet will reap large rewards.
Recipe Spelt Pizza Base
Makes 1 large pizza base or 2 medium sized ones.
- 200g Spelt Whole Meal
- 11g Dry Yeast
- 120g Warm Water
- 20g Olive Oil + a little extra
- Pinch of salt
- In a bowl whisk flour, water, and yeast together. Let it stand until yeast softens and mixture is bubbly, approximately 20 minutes.
- With your hands knead the mixture into a dough. (approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute).
- Stir in olive oil, and salt into mixture.
- Place dough in mixing bowl with a little olive oil, cover bowl with a plate, and let rise until doubled in size, 30 minutes – 90 minutes depending on the room temperature (being in Bali it rises rather quickly).
- When the dough has risen approximately twice its size it is ready to roll out to your desired shape.
- Divide the mixture into half to make 2 pizzas or roll out into one piece. Dust the surface you will be using with a little flour to prevent sticking. I roll mine out and use a large plate to cut a round shape of the pizza.
- Use a fork to prick the base all over so it cooks evenly.
- Top as desired or freeze to use for a later date.
- To cook, pre heat oven to 200C
Topping the pizza:
I quite like a simple pizza and find it works best. If you have fussy eaters who don’t like vegetables I suggest blending in some cooked vegetables into your tomato sauce. I used Mini Muncher Fresh tomato and hidden vegetable sauce for the base just to boost in some extra nutrition and topped it with mushrooms, kalamata olives, vegan mozzarella and cheddar cheese by Jiva Creations, sprinkle of salt and some mixed dry herbs.
Please share this with other pizza lovers and tag me @minimuncherbali if you make it. Love seeing others create recipes I share and most importantly seeing kids and families eat real food.