Ages ago I bought Quinoa flour at Whole Foods Market in High Street Kensington. That was a week after I bought a 500 gr Quinoa bread and gasped when I was asked to handle 7 pounds for it. 11 dollars for a piece of bread, isn’t it blasphemy?
Anyhow, it was MY fault. I acted in breach of the rule number one for the smart shopping in Whole Foods Market: always check the price tag first.
When I came back to the crime scene not only I had learnt that a 7 pounds loaf doesn’t taste better than any other mortal bread, I had also recovered from the shock and grown the idea to get a cheaper Quinoa bread by baking it myself, from scratch at home. Revenge.
A pack of Quinoa flour, water, yeast and salt would do the magic, I thought. It would also compensate for the wrong purchase. But the plan did not go exactly as expected. A pack of 500 gr of Quinoa from Bolivia distributed by DbaFoods costed me 6 pounds.
At the end of the day I saved 1 pound but needed more ingredients and time to get to the final product. Which, to be honest, I baked at the best of my culinary skills and yet disliked it more than the fancy “7 pounds bread”!
The precious and prized sack of Quinoa from the Andes of South America, stayed quiet in the cupboard for a few months. Meantime I stopped baking bread. The poor cereal was going to face sure death when I magnanimously gave it a new chance of life by substituting it for a little less than a half of the all-purpose flour in my pizza dough recipe.
The Quinoa mixed with the whole flour did not contribute with the pungent yeasty taste that made me disapprove the deluxe bread. I loved this wholesome pizza and made it twice last week. I managed to pack my pizza with vitamins and other nutrients Quinoa is rich with. Redemption, eventually.
Whole Wheat and Quinoa Flour Pizza Dough
- 2 cups organic whole wheat flour
- 1 cup quinoa flour
- 2 tsp honey or agave nectar
- 2 tsp dry active yeast
- 1 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tsp salt
- Pour water into a bowl and add yeast and honey. Let mixture stand for 5 minutes. In a bigger bowl add the flours, salt and mix (I used a wooden spoon) until a coarse dough forms.
- Knead until you get a smooth and uniform dough.
- Shape into a ball and leave in the bowl covered with a wet towel. Let it rise for at least 1 hour. If not using right away wrap with plastic wrap then freeze.