The Poorganic Pizza AND VLOG

I am about to give you two things that you will be forever grateful for . . . maybe.

1. My pizza recipe, which is the best EVER.  My husband married me, largely for the strength of my pizza making skills. These two pizzas probably cost about $10 total to make.

2. A real life VLOG, filmed by my 7 year old and poorly edited by me.  It is from my kitchen and features me stretching pizza dough and putting this delicious pizza in the oven. You will also witness a booboo, a snitch of cheese, and me demonstrating my knuckle dough stretch method.  In REAL LIFE, there are messy kitchens, open cupboards, intrusive 3 year-olds, and a mother so haggard, I’m embarrassed for her. Oh wait. That’s me. (Click over to the blog to view the videos because they won’t show up in e-mail or a reader.)

Click here for the printable dough and sauce recipe though you will see in the video that I actually used Trader Joe’s sauce this time. (It was not as good as mine–FYI.)  I made the printable on a full sheet that can be cut to fit a 4×6 recipe card because I love you. 🙂

The Poorganic Pizza

1 ½ c. warm water (120-130 degrees)

2.5 Tbs honey

1 pkg or 2 ½ tsp yeast

3 Tbs olive oil

3-3.5 cups white whole wheat flour (WHITE whole wheat is lighter. Regular whole wheat will result a denser crust.)

¼ c. gluten flour (OMIT AT YOUR OWN RISK! This makes a HUGE difference in the chewiness.)

1 Tbs. kosher salt

( I doubled the recipe for these photos, so this is TWICE as much.)

 1.       Proof water, honey, and yeast for 5 minutes.

2.       Add oil to foamy water.

3.       Mix dry ingredients and add gradually into the wet.

4.       Knead, adding flour until dough is just tacky-NOT sticky-NOT SILKY

5.       Place in oiled bowl-Cover with towel or saran.  Rise 1 hr till double.

6.       Punch down. Divide into 2 or 3 balls depending on desired size

7.       Brush with oil and rise for 45 more mins OR oil, bag and freeze for later use.

8.       Place baking stone in oven on bottom rack. Preheat oven to 500 for 1 HOUR prior to baking pizza. (Please ignore how gross my oven is. Thanks.)

9.       Stretch dough and place on pizza peel or back of flat cookie sheet with sprinkled with cornmeal. (Also, this is my first vlog. It was impromptu, so I did not brush my hair or teeth or bandaid my kids. My kitchen is as “REAL” as our food. :)) Use the backs of your hands and knuckles to stretch the dough from the center out. Don’t use your fingertips, which will tear through the dough.

10.   Top with sauce, cheese, and toppings. Shake to ensure loose enough to slide onto pizza stone.

11.   Slide pizza onto stone without steaming off your eyebrows. Bake 6-10 mins.Remove carefully

12.   After pizza cools for 5 minutes, cut it with kitchen shears. Throw away the silly pizza cutter that doesn’t work and pulls the toppings all askew.

So there it is! If you haven’t made pizza before, you may need 2 or 3 tries to get the hang of it. Most dough recipes take a little practice, so don’t give up after your first time making it.  If your family isn’t ready for ALL whole wheat, you can add in a little white flour until they can hack it. Don’t forget the white whole wheat and the gluten flour DO make a difference.

Here’s the sauce recipe, which is also on the printable above.

The Poorganic Pizza Sauce

1 tsp olive oil

1 clove minced garlic sauted in oil (more if you love garlic)

1 small can organic tomato sauce

1 small can tomato paste

1 tsp honey

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp dried oregano (more if using fresh)

¼ tsp dried basil (more if using fresh)

1/8 tsp thyme

Okay truth time, I don’t measure any of the herbs. I just shake them in until I feel happy.


Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer. Add water to thin if you like your sauce thinner.


So Addie and I both want to know, WHAT IS YOUR favorite topping on pizza?

10 thoughts on “The Poorganic Pizza AND VLOG

  1. YUM! I just got back to eating gluten this week after an 8 week abstinance, and made sourdough pizzas last night for us. Same as yours, but different. No yeast, just sourdough starter. We LOVE homemade pizza here!!!

  2. We make individual pizzas so everyone can have what they like. I love cheese and pepperoni, sauteed onions and bell peppers. My favorite addition when I have them are banana peppers. I love their tanginess with the other sweet and salty toppings. I’m the only one in my family that likes them, though.

  3. I LOVED the “ow, ow, ow” in the background! ;o) Addie, you did a great job! Better than a lot of adults’ videos I’ve seen. I especially liked the sideways shots. :o)

  4. Addie, cheese may be your favorite part of pizza, but you’re MY favorite part of this video! It makes me miss Anika and your mom, too. Thank you SO much for your beautiful pictures and letter and for the toy for Isaac. He loves it so much he took it in the car to church today. 🙂

    1. Just put the oven rack at the very bottom of the oven. Oil your pizza pan or cookie sheet and put your crust on that. You won’t get the “seared” crispy crust of the dough sliding onto an already hot surface, but it should still work okay. The best kinds of pizza pans are the ones with the little holes in them because they let air through so the curst isn’t too soft/soggy.

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