Pizza Rolls ~ {100% whole wheat}

You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover?”… Please don’t judge this recipe by the picture. These are so good that I didn’t want to wait to share this recipe.  (I added some-what better photos.) So,what are pizza rolls anyway? Basically, they are individual pizzas made by rolling the dough into a log and slicing them into rolls (think cinnamon rolls using pizza ingredients). I was really excited when I came up with this idea and even more excited when they turned out exactly as I had envisioned them. After I made them, I searched the internet and I didn’t see anything like this posted. I did find pizza rolls – but they looked like egg rolls or the frozen brand that begins with the letter T. This idea was inspired by a local restaurant that used to make something very similar; The Original Pizza Pucks…. now out-of-business.  So…technically I didn’t exactly create them after all, but I did figure out how to make them at home and that’s exciting enough for me – because my family loves them & I get to share the recipe with you.

I have more exciting news. I used a 100% white whole wheat flour to make the dough. I added a section in my Flour 101 post that explains a little about this type of flour; white whole wheat flour is 100% whole wheat the difference is, it’s made from white rather than red wheat. However, you can make these using white bread flour by following the Pizza Dough 101 recipe or use a blend of whole wheat & white bread flour using the Moderately Healthy Pizza Crust recipe. However, I’ve been wanting to try 100% whole wheat flour because, well… it’s healthy. I’m trying to keep my everyday meals/foods healthy so that I can indulge in the “un-healthy”  ingredients found in my favorite treats 🙂

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Pizza Rolls {100% whole wheat} ~ Recipe makes 2 crusts (8 servings)

  • 4 c 100% white whole wheat flour (do not substitute AP/white flour)
  • 2 1/4 tsp (or 1 packet) INSTANT yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 c warm water (120 degrees)
  • 2 Tbl olive oil (any cooking oil will work)
  • 2 Tbl honey – optional (kitchen tip: the honey will slide out of the measuring spoon if the oil is measured first)
  • 2 Tbl vital wheat gluten – (optional – FYI: Bob’s Red Mill makes this…it gives more rise to the dough, making the final crust thicker & chewier)

Optional: butter or olive oil, spices & parmesan cheese for coating the outside of the rolls.

Add all the ingredients in order into a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix on low until incorporated. Switch to the dough hook and “knead” on low speed for 5-7 minutes until the dough comes together in a ball. (It will be on the sticky side). Coat with oil and allow to rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours until doubled in size.

After the dough has risen, gently press the air out and divide into 2 balls. Cover with a towel and allow to rest for 10, but no more than 30 minutes. While the dough is resting preheat the oven and baking stone to 500 degrees for 30 minutes.

After 10 minutes, on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a square or rectangle. If it springs back allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes and try again. Spread sauce onto the dough. Add toppings. Starting at one side roll the dough like you would if you were making cinnamon rolls. Try to get the dough as tight as possible. Stop rolling when you have about an inch left along the edge. Take that edge and pull it so that it stretches a bit over the rolled portion. Pinch to seal the edge (the dough is somewhat sticky so it sticks to itself). At this point there are a few options:

  • Slice into 1 inch slices & bake as is.
  • Brush the roll with olive oil (or butter), then slice & bake.
  • After brushing w/oil or butter, roll into seasonings and/or parmesan cheese, slice & bake.

Bake for 8 minutes, until the sides are browned & the cheese (if you used cheese) starts to bubble & turn brown.

Source: Baking 4 Six original idea, inspired by The Original Pizza Pucks Restaurant

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Tips:

  • The water to flour ratio is higher, because whole wheat flour needs more water.
  • If you need a warm environment for the rising dough – use your oven, with the light on and the door closed
  • This dough can be made ahead of time & placed in the refrigerator for a day or frozen see Pizza Dough 101 for freezing/thawing directions.
  • The dough can be formed into smaller dough balls. Each dough ball can be rolled into a square, so each family member can fill their “rolls” with the toppings of their choice.
  • – Great party idea!!

{Mini} Photo-Tutorial:

Roll into a rectangle or a square (any size)

Rolled pizza dough, ready to be sliced into individual rolls

 

 

 

 

 

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Sharing my love of baking, sugar, spice & everything nice one recipe at a time. You can also find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/baking4six.
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