Tired of the tried and tested pizza recipes? Then maybe you should have a go at making this unusual pizza recipe.
For the Dough
- 250g plain white flour
- 250g strong white flour
- 1½ level tsp fine sea salt
- 1 tsp easy-blend (instant) dried yeast
- 1 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil, plus a little extra for oiling
For the Topping
- 2 small eggplants, sliced about 5mm thick
- 1-2 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 2 balls mozzarella
Eggplant Pizza Baking Instructions
- For the dough, put the two flours into a large bowl with the salt and yeast. Mix well. Add the oil and 11.4oz/325ml warm water and mix to a rough dough. Flour your hands a little. Tip out the dough onto a work surface and knead rhythmically for 5–10 minutes, until smooth. This is quite a loose and sticky dough, which is just as it should be – you get better-textured bread this way – so try not to add too much flour if you can help it. It will become less sticky as you knead.
- Trickle a little oil into a clean bowl, add the kneaded dough and turn it in the oil so it is covered with a light film. Cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm place to rise until doubled in size – at least an hour, probably closer to two. You can also prove it in a floured, cloth-lined dough basket, like the one in the picture.
- When the dough is well risen and puffy, tip it out and ‘knock it back’ by poking it with your outstretched fingers until it collapses to its former size. It’s now ready to be shaped to your will.
- For the topping, heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and add the onions. Once sizzling, reduce the heat to low and cook gently, stirring from time to time, until they are soft and golden – about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and deflate with your fingers. Leave it to rest for a few minutes, then cut it into three. Roll out one piece as thinly as you can.
- Gently fry the eggplants in oil until just beginning to turn golden. Season with a little salt and pepper. Arrange over the pizza base along with the mozzarella.
- Slide the pizza on to the hot baking surface with a peel in your wood fired oven (for a really crispy crust). Trickle with a little olive oil and bake for 10–12 minutes, until the base is crisp and the top bubbling and golden. Repeat with the remaining dough and topping. Serve hot, cut into wedges, and enjoy your unusual pizza.