With an increased interest in whole grain foods, it seems like a whole wheat crust would be a customer-pleasing move. But before adding whole wheat flour to your current crust recipe, keep these points in mind:
- Using only whole wheat flour will result in a very dense crust with a strong flavor.
- Try replacing 20 to 40 percent of your white flour with whole wheat flour.
- Increase the amount of water used and add a sweetener to balance flavor.
- Decrease mix times and increase time for dough to hydrate.
- There will be less fermentation and the dough will have a shorter shelf life.
Overall, it’s best to adapt your current crust recipe by experimenting with increasing percentages of whole wheat flour. You can also get our basic wheat-style pizza dough recipe created by the Doughminators™.