pizza w/o tomatoes

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Is a pizza w/o tomatoes really a pizza?

I think it is a pizza, because I didn’t intend to create any new type of quiche or tarte flambée. Except of the lack of tomatoes the rest fits in a traditional pizza creation.

The tomatoes – if like a tomato sauce or tomato pesto or fresh tomatoes?
I simply substituted ricotta for tomatoes. So the basic creaminess of the pizza remained & the ricotta mingled w/ the rest of the topping.

… if you didn’t notice until now, because I posted some pizza creations on my blog: I (or: my better half & I) like generously piled on pizzas – always even covering the edges w/ topping. My pizza w/o tomatoes will fit in this club.

Just as last time I started w/ preparing the pizza pastry according to a recipe in Meike Peters’ last cookbook, using:

  • all-purpose flour
  • warm water
  • olive oil
  • salt.

I mixed the ingredients w/ a spoon, kneaded the result & formed a ball. 

I set my oven to 50° C fan for about 2 min … then I put the pizza pastry, covered w/ a tea towel, in the oven & let it rest for about 1 h.

Afterwards I lined a baking tray w/ baking parchment & flattened the pizza pastry into a round shape – back into the still warm oven for about 30 min.

Then I rolled out the pizza pastry … & added the toppings.

I prepared the toppings when the pizza pastry chilled in the oven. As soon as the pastry had left the oven I preheated the oven to 180° C fan.

For my topping I worked with:

  • creamy ricotta
  • thinly sliced courgette
  • thinly sliced scallions
  • some oily anchovies
  • a ball of burrata.

The pizza pastry is covered w/ some olive oil & dried Italian herbs. Afterwards the ricotta is added & spread evenly all over the pastry.

Then the courgette slices are distributed & on top the anchovies & the scallions follow.

Finally the ball of burrata is torn apart & ends up on everything.

The pizza marches into the preheated oven for about 25-30 min.

If you wonder … I always use my oven in my kitchen, which is a straightforward oven. I don’t own a special pizza oven or any of these pizza stones. Therefore my pizzas usually need about 25-30 min for their oven session. (Of course the baking process is a lot shorter when using one of these gadgets!)

The result is delicious: there is a crispy pizza pastry, there is creamy ricotta w/ soft courgette, there are salty bits where the anchovies sit – and ob top the melted burrata.

Enjoy!

pizza w/o tomatoes
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
Servings: 2
ingredients:
for the pizza pastry:
  • 175 g all-purpose flour
  • ½ packet dry yeast  (3,5 g)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 90 ml water (lukewarm)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
for the topping:
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
  • 150 g ricotta
  • 1 courgette  (medium size)
  • 2 scallions
  • 10-12 anchovies (in oil)
  • 1 ball burrata  (100 g)
how to:
for the pizza pastry:
  • Mix flour, dry yeast, salt, water & olive oil w/ your hands, knead the mess & form a ball.
  • Start the oven for 2 min w/ 50° C fan. Let the bowl w/ the pastry ball sit in your oven – covered w/ a tea towel for about 60 min in order to rise.
  • Knead & roll out the pastry on a baking tray lined w/ baking parchment. Let it sit in the still warm oven for another 30 min in order to rise even more.
  • Roll the pastry finally out for the pizza.
for the topping:
  • Start w/ slicing the courgette into thin slices (about 1-2 mm).
  • Peel & trim the scallions & cut them into thin slices (1-2 mm).
  • When the pizza pastry is finally fine & rolled out, preheat the oven to 180° C fan.
  • Add olive oil onto the pizza pastry & brush all over the pastry.
  • Sprinkle the dry Italian herbs all over the pastry.
  • Add the ricotta & spread all over the pastry.
  • Add the courgette in order to cover all of the pastry.
  • Add the anchovies.
  • Sprinkle the scallions on top.
  • Finally tear apart the burrata & distribute all over everything.
  • Bake the pizza in the preheated oven for about 25-30 min.
Notes
Italien herbs: It’s a store-bought mix of oregano, basil, thyme, parsley & rosemary – all dried & organic.
Pizza pastry: It took about 90 min to prepare the pastry including the rising periods. You can shorten this amount of time substantially by working w/ a store-bought pastry mix or a prepared pastry out of the chiller cabinet.

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