Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Canadian Bacon & Pineapple Pizza



Ingredients:

(make one 12" pizza dough)



2 3/4 cup bread flour
2 teaspoons fast acting dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
24 slices of Canadian bacon (can add more or less to taste)
Fresh or canned pineapple (drained) cut into chunks
Pizza sauce (Trader Joe's has a good one)
1 cup grated mozzarella
1/2 grated cheddar
1/2 tsp of dried parsley


Directions:


  1. Use a 12" round pizza pan. Grease the tray. (I used a baking tray, lined with parchment paper).
  2. Mix flour, salt and yeast in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and add the water and olive oil. Mix with hand to form a soft dough. If needed, add a little more water.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 10 mins or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with cling wrap and leave to rise for 1 ~ 1.5 hrs until double in size.
  4. Turn out the risen dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knock it down to release the air. Give it a few gently kneading. Roll or press out to a round to fit the pizza tray, place dough on tray.
  5. Spread pizza sauce over the pizza base to within 1/2" of the edge. Arrange a layer of grated cheese, followed by toppings. Sprinkle the top all over with grated cheese.
  6. Leave the pizza in a warm place for about 15mins. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Bake pizza for 20~25 mins or until the crust has risen and is golden and the cheese has melted. Serve warm.
Recipe source: adapted from Baking with Love (Readers Digest)