CPK Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough from Your Bread Machine

CPK's Honey Wheat Pizza Dough adapted for the bread machine

Will you look at that fabulous texture? …compliments of my bread machine.

  Thank you for the advice. Many of you told me to take it easy on myself after my mom passed away back in March. So I decided to put my camera away for awhile and take a blogging break. Meanwhile, both of my married sons along with their families have or are in the process of buying homes and moving back to our town. These changes have been a blessed distraction.

One of the original reasons for starting this blog was the convenience of having all my recipes organized and in one place. I discovered a new pizza dough recipe a while back and haven’t added it to this space yet. I’m getting tired of hunting for the recipe every time a pizza craving hits, and I’ve been too lazy to memorize it. So finally, I’m inspired once again.

When I’m in the mood, or get a bad report about my cholesterol, I try to add more whole grains to my diet. For years, guilt about eating pizza has driven my search for an irresistible whole wheat pizza dough.  Mostly the texture and sometimes the flavor has been a disappointment so I kept going back to My Favorite Pizza Dough. Being a fan of California Pizza Kitchen, I have a couple of their cookbooks and thought it might be worth trying their recipe for Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough since they seem to know a thing or two about pizza. Turns out I loved it and think you will, too. I realize it is not 100% whole wheat, but it’s better than none. Right? Of course, the original recipe wasn’t written for a bread machine, but I simply won’t do it any other way. So, I changed the directions and adjusted the amounts to fit the size of most bread machines.

CPK's Honey Wheat Pizza Dough adapted for the bread machine

This recipe will make two 12-13″ pizzas.

CPK's Honey Wheat Pizza Dough adapted for the bread machine

A heavy, dark-colored pizza pan greased with olive oil will give you the nicest crust.

CPK's Honey Wheat Pizza Dough adapted for the bread machine

Please note the dough is best when made a day ahead, so plan accordingly.

CPK Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough from Your Bread Machine
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 2 pizzas
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons bread machine or instant yeast
  1. Put all ingredients into your bread machine in order listed. Set machine on the dough cycle and press start. When dough cycle has completed, remove dough to a large bowl (cover tightly) or a gallon zipper lock bag and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Approximately 2 hours (less in my warm kitchen) before you plan to put together your pizza, remove the dough from the fridge. Divide in half and form each half into a smooth, rounded ball. At this point I place each ball into a well oiled pizza pan and cover with plastic wrap.
  3. When dough has warmed and looks puffy, preheat oven to 450 F. Use your hands/fingers to flatten the ball until it is the thickness you prefer. I use a 13" pizza pan and try to press it to the edge. If you tear it or make a hole, patch it with your fingers.
  4. Assemble pizza as you prefer. For me that would be sauce first, then cheese, then meat or other toppings. If I have enough, I usually sprinkle a little more cheese over the top.
  5. Pop into the oven and turn temperature back to 425 degrees. How long you bake the pizza will depend on how liberal you were with the toppings, and your specific oven so I hesitate to be specific about the time. My pizzas usually take around 12 minutes, but yours might be different, so watch carefully after the first 10 minutes.


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Kendra August 3, 2015 at 5:10 pm

So happy to see you back Paula. I’m so sorry for your recent loss.
I will try this pizza crust for sure. A favorite pizza chain in Wisconsin also makes a honey whole wheat crust, which we really enjoy.


sis July 24, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Okay, you and Bonnie have gotten me on Fiber One, Gnu Bars, Greek Yogurt, and flax seed. 🙂 Guess I can try whole wheat pizza dough too. Made the sweet white bread again today. So good, but don’t think it qualifies for the “healthy list”. Just too easy to make with the bread machine. I don’t have a good pizza pan, so will be on the search for one.


Paula July 24, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Check ebay for pizza pans. Amanda and I have both gotten restaurant-quality pans for cheap.


Jocelyn July 23, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Paula, your Favorite Pizza Dough has been my go to recipe for awhile now, in fact I made it today! However, with this delicious looking post, maybe it’s time for me to branch out. I notice in the directions that you start the oven at 450 degrees, then decrease the temperature to 425 degrees. Do you recommend this for all pizzas, or just this particular recipe? Thanks!


Paula July 23, 2015 at 5:09 pm

I do it for all my pizzas.


Jocelyn July 23, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Thanks, Paula! I shall give it a try. I always appreciate your helpful techniques. Take care.


Peg July 23, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Paula, so sorry to hear about your Mom. There’s just nothing like losing our Moms, such a loss deep down in our souls. I know you are happy to have family moving near though . This recipe really sounds good, will have to try it. Glad to see your post!!


Karen July 22, 2015 at 9:38 pm

Paula, I’m so sorry for your loss. Grief is such a hard process. I’m sure your family and beautiful granddaughter were a big comfort. No matter what stage of our life we’re in, losing our mom is difficult.

Thank you for posting this recipe. I used to have a recipe for honey wheat bread that was so delicious. This is very similar. I finally ‘borrowed back’ my bread machine from my son — teach me to not loan it to him again! — and made some focaccia bread over the weekend. Looking forward to trying this delicious pizza recipe!


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