The Iowa Farmer's Wife's Pizza Dough

The Recipe: Pizza Dough

What you need:
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups warm water (not HOT!)
2 1/4 tsp yeast (or one packet)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp of sugar, honey or agave nectar (we use agave)

Place yeast and 1 cup of warm water in your KitchenAid mixer bowl (or you can use a regular bowl and do the kneading by hand). Add your tbsp of sugar, honey or doesn't really matter what you use, the yeast just needs something sweet to eat (and no, a piece of candy won't work). Let it sit for 10 minutes until the mixture looks beige and bubbly. Add 1 cup of flour and turn your mixer onto setting 2. Gradually add another cup of flour until it starts to form a dough. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and 1/4 cup warm water. Add the rest of the flour a 1/2 cup at a time until the dough forms a ball (or lump). This takes 2-4 minutes. Make sure you put the lock down on the mixer, otherwise it'll be dancing all over the place. Take out the dough and form it into a ball.

Place it back in the bowl and drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Cover the dough with a clean towel and let it rest in a warm area where it won't be disturbed for 1 hour. After an hour, punch down the dough and get to rolling!
Sprinkle a bit of flour on the counter, flour up your rolling pin and roll the dough into a rectangle or circle. We use a cookie sheet with a rectangle pizza, but a circular pizza works, too. Transfer the dough to the sheet and add your toppings!