Hunter Polish Pizza
- Preparation Time: 20 mins
- Serves: 4
- Cooking Time: 25 mins
- Ready Time: 45 mins
- Difficulty: Easy
2 ½ tsp granulated yeast
¾ cup warm water
2 cup high grade flour
1 tsp Flaky Iodised sea salt
3 tbsp good quality olive oil
Caramelised onions (½ onion)
Fresh basil pesto
4-6 balls bocconcini (thinly sliced, 2-3 mm)
8 Smoked semi dried tomatoes (thinly sliced)
600gm Hunter sausage (cut into rounds and then halved)
Fresh basil (finely torn)
Salt & Pepper
This recipe is best made in a Breadmaker if you have one. (Your're mad if you don't!) Simply put all ingredients into the bowl, set to dough and then leave! If not, then here is the traditional method!
Mix yeast, sugar and water. Leave in a warm place until frothy.
Blitz the flour and sea salt in a whizzer (so you create a flour storm!). Turn the whizzer down, and add the yeast mixture and olive oil until it forms a ball. (Add extra warm water or flour if needed). Process for another 30 seconds. NB Ensure that you use a really good quality olive oil for flavour!
Place the ball of dough into a large bowl (greased with olive oil), cover and leave in a warm place for 1 ½ hours until risen, and doubled in volume.
Roll out onto floured surface as soon as you can. When rolled thinly this will make 2 large bases. An ideal surface for rolling pizza dough is a marble slab.
Heat oven to 240˚celcius.
Time for the toppings!
Spread Passata over the base, and sprinkle over the caramelised onions. Dot approx 20 ½ teaspoon blobs of Fresh Basil Pesto, and follow with the smoked semi dried tomatoes, and grated mozzarella. Be generous with the Hunter sausage and finish with the torn basil and lots of freshly cracked pepper.
Pop into oven and cook on Pizza stone for approx ten minutes or until cooked.
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