Hello my lovely readers! I hope you are having a beautiful day wherever you are. My family and I love weekend brunch time. It’s the perfect time for us to get together in the kitchen, listen to music and prepare a delicious meal. It’s a lovely way to kick-start the day and enjoy a wonderful weekend as a family. We usually bake this delicious, tasty and flavourful homemade pizza for brunch. The homemade dough yields a soft and chewy pizza base. The plus point? It’s fairly easy to make and takes about an hour.Let’s get cracking with the recipe…
You will need:
For the dough:
1 1/2 Cups Flour
3/4- 1 Cup Water
1 tsp Yeast
A pinch of salt and sugar
2 tbsp Olive Oil
In a mixing bowl, add the flour. In a separate jug, mix the yeast with the water, oil, sugar and salt. Leave the yeast mixture for a few minutes and then add to the flour. Stir all ingredients until well incorporated and you have a soft, sticky dough. Feel free to add a bit more oil and water if the dough is a little dry. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave it somewhere warm where the yeast can do its magic. 30 minutes is enough for the dough to double in size. Meanwhile, while the dough is resting, it’s time to prepare the salsa.
For the salsa, you will need:
Good quality store-bought/ Homemade Pesto
1/2 Red Pepper, diced
1/2 Yellow Pepper, diced
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Za’atar
1 tbsp Pomegranate Molasses
Cherry Tomatoes, diced
Rocca Leaves, for garnish
In a small bowl, mix the salsa ingredients together until you have all things incorporated into a thick and chunky salsa. It will smell delicious thanks to all the herbs and pomegranate molasses. This recipe is perfect and light for summer.
Pre-heat the oven to 150°C. Get an oiled Tefal pie pan, or any other pan you have around the kitchen and start rolling out the pizza dough. Use your hands and fingers to spread the dough across the pan. Press the dough until it reaches the edges of the pan or until it reaches the thickness you desire.
Spread 1 tbsp of pesto (or a bit more if you like) on top of the dough. Add the salsa on top of the pesto. This pizza is colourful, tasty and oozes with flavours. It’s very fresh. You can add salt and pepper lightly if you like.
Then sprinkle a blanket of shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the salsa. Now, the pizza is ready to bake inside the preheated oven for 30 minutes. The time depends on the type of oven you have as it can vary from one oven to the other. Roughly it takes around 30 minutes, but keep an eye on your pizza to avoid burning it.The kitchen will smell lovely I assure you. Like a Pizzeria in Italy. While the pizza cooks in the oven, it’s time to put the kettle on to make tea with saffron. My mum and I chat and prepare the rest of brunch for the whole family. Once the pizza is done, take it out of the oven and slice it with a pizza slicer. It will yield 6-8 slices depending on the size of your pan.
Garnish with rocket leaves to add more flavour and crunch.Serve it warm with tea, juice or sparkling water and family. I like to add balsamic vinegar on top which gives it that extra tangy and Italian flavour. This pizza is so good you wouldn’t want to share it with anyone! Sit down, take a bite and enjoy the explosion of flavours in your mouth. Super yummy!
If you do decide to make this pizza any time soon, whether for brunch, lunch or a light dinner, then please do share your opinion in the comments below.
Sending you the best wishes for a productive week.