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You can call me crazy. Yes, a pizza with Barley Flour!! When it comes to experimenting and trying different food items, I try different combinations. So this time I thought of making this Barley Flour Vegetarian Pizza. 

Baked Barley flour pizza seen on a pizza tray with a hand showing picking one of the slice

Except for the base, everything else is similar to my Whole Wheat Pizza. But yes for a pizza the base is the most important thing. That decides if your pizza is going to be good or bad, will it be enjoyed or not?

So I experimented with a very little portion or I would say one large size pizza. I was not sure if there would be any takers in my family. I made a sourdough pizza for my kids and these Barley flour Vegetable pizza for myself.

But as always, when I make a small portion thinking it would not be liked by others, they like it. My son loved it. He was first happy the way it came out. I think when he saw the baked pizza out of the oven, it tempted him. He wanted to try it and when he tried the first bite, his first comment was the crust is very good. 

Wow :-). What a surprise!! I was not expecting that. He wanted to have more but he was already full :-). But in all a new experiment with a healthy flour was successful. So the next few pizzas at home would be?? yes Barley Flour Pizza.

What is Barley 

Barley is a grain which has a nutty flavour and chewy texture. Hulled barley is considered as a whole grain in which only the outer inedible layer is removed. The other type Pearl Barley which is more commonly available has its bran removed. It still is nutritious and healthy. (Source Internet)

Close up look of barley flour pizza

Pearl Barley Recipes

If you want some easy and healthy recipes from Pearl barley to check out this Vegetable Barley Soup or this Pearl Barley Pulao. And if looking for a quick one-pot meal, try this Pearl Barley and Mung Dal Khichdi

What is Barley Flour

Barley flour is prepared by drying and grounding barley. Barley flour is used to make different types of flat breads and yeast bread. Many a times it is added to wheat flour. Addition of barley flour results in a darker-coloured baked product. The flavour and texture of the bread changes as well. 

For gluten intolerant people, Barley Flour is not gluten-free. It does contain gluten.

Barley pizza cut into 8 slices.

Pizza base with Barley Flour

Barley flour has less gluten as compared to whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour/Plain/Maida. So it is a bit difficult to get an elastic-like dough which we normally get in pizza dough. You would get those minor cracks while rolling out the dough.

Variations to the Base

I have made the base with 100 per cent whole barley flour but you can mix it if required with whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour/Plain/Maida. 

Texture and Taste of Barley Flour Pizza

The texture of this base was a bit dry as compared to the wheat-based pizza. I would say it has a rough texture. Obviously, you cannot compare that with the normal pizza, but I loved the nuttier taste of the pizza base. 

I have rolled it thin. If we roll it thick, you will not get a crusty base. It will be best when it is thin crust I believe.

However, I can say that it is somewhat guilt-free when you are making the base with healthy flour and including veggies and good cheese.

Close up look of a slice of Barley Pizza

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Recipe Process I followed for Barley Flour Pizza

I have kept the base simple. To the barley flour, I added bloomed yeast and salt. Kneaded it with lukewarm water and used olive oil. Left the floor to proof for 1-2 hours and then rolled the pizza. To the rolled pizza base, I added some pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and some veggies. 

That’s it baked it in a preheated oven at 200 Deg C for a good 40 minutes. Yes, the base took a bit longer to bake than normal. At first, I kept it for 20 minutes but felt the base not baked. So increased the time by 10-10 minutes. However, I would advise you to keep a close watch after 20 minutes as all ovens are different.

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Top image shows a 12 Inch Barley Pizza cut into slices. Bottom shows a cut slice with close up texture
Close up look of one of the slice of pizza

Barley Flour Vegetarian Pizza

Barley Flour Vegetarian Pizza is a delicious and crunchy thin crust pizza where the crust or the pizza base is made using healthy barley flour.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Barley, Grains, Kids Food, PartyFood, Pizza
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 1 12 Inch
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Ingredients

Pizza Base

  • 1 cup Barley Flour
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • ½ cup Lukewarm water
  • ¼-½ cup more lukewarm water
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Extra Flour for Dusting

Assembling the Pizza

  • Mozzarella Cheese as needed for toppings
  • Vegetables of choice -I have used onion, sweet pepper, Jalapeno
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Butter or Olive oil as required for spreading on the base

Instructions

Dough for Pizza

  • In a bowl add in 1/2 cup of lukewarm water and sugar and dissolve.
  • The water should be just warm. You should be able to dip your finger in it. If too hot it will kill the yeast.
  • Now add in the yeast, mix and let it bloom for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, if your yeast mixture has not bloomed you would need to discard and start again.
  • Now in a large bowl or a stand mixer add in the flour, salt
    Mixing of the flours
  • Give everything a quick mix.
  • Add in the bloomed yeast mixture and mix.
    Mixing of the yeast mixture in the dough
  • Slowly add the water and make a semi-soft but still firm dough.
  • Knead the dough well with the heel of your hand incorporating 1 tbsp oil as you go.
  • After 5-10 minutes the dough should have a smooth consistency.
    The kneaded dough
  • Cover it lightly with a cloth and let it sit in rising for 1.5 hours.

Assembling the Pizza

  • Preheat the oven to 200 Deg C
  • After 1.5 hours you would see the dough has risen somewhat. It may or may not be double.
  • Deflate all the air in the dough and knead it for a few minutes.
  • Divide the dough into equal portions, if you want to make small size pizzas.
    Pizza dough ready to be rolled
  • Using some dry flour, roll out the dough into circular or rectangular shape as desired.
  • I rolled out into a large 12 inch pizza base.
  • Gently flip it over a Baking tray or a pizza pan.
  • Spread some olive oil or butter.
  • Then add some pizza sauce leaving 1-2 cm of the edges.
  • Spread the cheese and filling of your choice.
    Pizza base being rolled in top image and the bottom is seen with toppings
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 30-35 mins until the top and the edges are nice golden brown. (Do check your pizza after 20 mins as ovens are different.)

Notes

  • 1 tsp = 5 ml, 1 Cup=235 ml
  • One can use milk too to make the dough.
  • All oven’s are different so do check your pizza after 20 mins and thereafter look after 5-5 mins if not baked.
 
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    Kelster

    Friday 19th of February 2021

    Would have never thought to try a barley flour crust. Good to know that it works well for a thin crust.

    Sue Lau

    Thursday 18th of February 2021

    I've never used barley flour so would love to try this out.

    Lee

    Saturday 13th of February 2021

    can I use instant yeast or active yeast? Thanks

    Renu Agrawal Dongre

    Saturday 13th of February 2021

    Yes, I have used the same

    Karen Booth

    Wednesday 10th of February 2021

    Barley flour, or beremeal as it is called, is such a wonderful ingredient and this pizza looks fabulous. Thanks so much for linking up to #CookBlogShare week 6, Karen

    Radha

    Wednesday 10th of February 2021

    A genius idea! I love experimenting with millet flours. This is a whole new take and very healthy! Must be delicious too!

    Renu Agrawal Dongre

    Wednesday 10th of February 2021

    That's good. Barley is not millet though. Thank You

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