If you're looking to save some time and money, and stay healthy by using whole wheat dough, buying premade pizza dough can be a great solution--if it tastes good. Here, I review Terranova Bakery's Whole Wheat Pizza Dough, available at Whole Foods in New York and at their store on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.
Terranova Bakery Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
Terranova Bakery Whole Wheat Pizza Dough can be found in the refrigerator section of Whole Foods Market in New York and at the Terranova Bakery on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.
They also sell a plain variety--that is, white instead of whole wheat. A medium sized ball of dough weighing in at 20 ounces, it's small and easy to get home. And at only $2.99, it has the possibility to be a great time saver while still delivering whole wheat grains. While nothing can replace the taste and texture of homemade pizza dough, buying pre-made pizza dough can save hours of time and allow you to make pizza at home with just the bare minimum of advance planning. You can store it in the refrigerator until you're ready to use, then all you need to do is bring the dough up to room temperature before you want to use it, which takes about 30 to 40 minutes.
Stretching and Shaping
Once the dough is at room temperature it should be about one and a half times the size it was originally. All you have to do now is shape it, top it, and bake it. There is enough dough here for two pies, or two calzones.
There aren't really directions for how to shape or stretch it, but if you know how to stretch pizza dough then you'll do fine with this one. Stretching it out was actually fairly easy—the dough did not tear (even though whole wheat dough can do this sometimes) or overstretch and it wasn't too sticky.
Like any dough, it's important to stretch it on a well-floured surface and with floured hands.
Of course the toppings or fillings are a big part of how a pizza or calzone tastes (I used this dough to make Broccoli-Ricotta Calzones, but if the crust is a bad consistency it can ruin a good pie--and this can happen quite easily with whole wheat dough, which often tastes like cardboard. Thankfully, this crust was pretty ideal: The bottom was nicely browned and the inside was chewy and elastic, with a nice grainy texture--and nto cardboard-like at all. The taste was that of a classic whole wheat pizza crust: bready and grainy, but not sweet or salty, allowing it to soak up the flavors of the sauce, cheese, and toppings or fillings.
If you're looking for something that tastes better than an already topped frozen supermarket pizza, but don't have time to make the whole thing from scratch, this is a big time saver that still allows your pizza to be semi-homemade with your own toppings. And the fact that it's whole wheat means you can feel slightly better about its healthfulness--not something you often get with pizza. It certainly produces a better tasting pie or calzone than the fully frozen variety.
It's also a great way to save money, as some of the tastier frozen pizzas, Whole Foods brand included, can be quite pricey. Plus, making pizza or calzones at home, from stretching the dough to topping and baking, can be a great activity for kids and adults. This pre-made, store-bought whole wheat dough allows you to have all of the fun without taking up hours of your time. This dough is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner, a small weekend gathering, or even hosting a make-your-own-pizza party.