Goats Cheese, Feta and Pear Pizza

Now this may not sound like everyone’s idea of a pizza topping combination, but it is tasty!

You’ll need:

For the dough (unless you’re using a ready made base):

  • 300g strong white bread flour (plus extra for rolling and kneading)
  • 1/2tsp dried yeast
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 200ml warm water (about 25°C)
  • 1tsp salt
  • A pizza tray or stone (do not place the base directly onto an oven shelf). If you’re using a ready made base, follow the manufacturers instructions!

For the topping:

  • 1 tube tomato puree
  • Large clump of fresh basil
  • 20g hard cheese (Parmesan or cheddar)
  • 6 large mushrooms
  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 2 large dessert pears (or any pears that you have to hand)
  • Feta and Goats cheese
  • Pepper

To make the base put the flour, olive oil, salt and yeast in a mixing bowl and add about half of the water. Mix until the water is well combined, add the remaining water a little at a time until you have a slightly damp dough, but not one that is too sticky – you may not need all of the water. Spread a little more flour on a clean worktop or bread board, and gently knead the dough for about 5 minutes. Form the dough into a ball, and place in a greased (this helps to get it out later) bowl and cover with a clean tea towel. Place to one side at room temperature for about six hours. The dough should double in size.

IMG_20160521_174415281When you’re ready bring out the dough and shape into a roughly round shape, you can make it as thick or as thin as you prefer and to fit you pizza tray or stone. Place on a greased tray or prepared stone.

Cover the base with tomato puree, using the back of a table spoon to apply and even coating. Wash and dry the basil and spread the leaves evenly across the base (no need to chop), and a layer of finely grated hard cheese on top of the basil. Next slice your mushrooms and onions and add as another layer on top.

IMG_20160521_175137550Core and slice the pears (if the skins are particularly thick, you can peel, but I prefer to leave them on), and add as another layer.

Finally slice the goats cheese and feta and add generously across the top of pear later.

Give the top a sprinkling of pepper (you’re unlikely to need salt, as there is a lot in the feta, but add to taste if you prefer).

Bake in a preheated oven (200°C) for 10 to 15 minutes until the base is cooked through, and the cheese has melted. Serve on it’s own or with a light salad.



2 thoughts on “Goats Cheese, Feta and Pear Pizza

  1. What, no photo of the finished dish? Must have gotten too excited and didn’t have a chance to take a picture before it was devoured. 😉
    Very nice, Alan. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I would have never though of using pears as a pizza topping, but now have to this sometime.

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