Blackberry Basil Pizza
Recipe for 2 Pizza crusts and toppings (Make the pizza crust(s) first)
Use 2 Pizza Stones or pizza pan sprayed with cooking Spray. Use corn meal/flour if desired after spraying for easy removal.
Pre-heat oven 500 F.
Ingredients and Directions:
*Pizza Dough two medium pizzas, recipe below
*Extra Light Olive Oil, enough to baste the top of rolled out pizza dough crust
**Blackberry Pizza Sauce Ingredients:
**1 cup Fresh Blackberries, smashed
**2 teaspoons Honey
**1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
*2 cups Shredded Parmesan Cheese
*Fresh Mozzarella ball or block, sliced thinly or two cups freshly grated Mozzarella Cheese or Swiss Cheese, layered over pizza toppings
*1 1/2 cups Whole Blackberries
*2/3 cup chopped Green Onions
*Sea Salt, Sprinkled on top of the Pizza toppings
*Freshly Ground Black Pepper, Sprinkled on top of the Pizza toppings
*12-16 Basil Leaves, ripped in half and added after the Pizza has baked
**To make the Blackberry Pizza Sauce:
**Using the mashed blackberries add the honey and lemon juice, combine, mix them together and spread over olive oil covered dough crust.
Top the rolled out 2 pizza dough crusts, brush with olive oil and spread on the blackberry pizza sauce and then layer the above toppings in the order listed.
Add the basil after baking pizza. (See pizza crust recipe below for instructions on baking) Bake until cheese is melted and beginning to brown slightly. Slice and serve.
**Sprinkle with more fresh black pepper just before serving, to desired taste
Makes 2 medium pizzas
Proofing the Yeast:
*1 cup warm Water
*2 teaspoons Dry Active Yeast
*2 teaspoon Sugar, food for the yeast
In a small bowl add the above ingredients, let sit until bubbly.
Whisk together dry ingredients:
*1/2 teaspoon Salt
*1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
*2 cups Bread Flour, more if needed
Add: *1 tablespoon Extra Light Olive Oil, after whisking to the dry ingredients
Combine the above wet and dry ingredients and knead into a soft ball. (Let the dough rise while you make the blackberry pizza sauce.)
Roll out soft ball dough into a circle, until right size for your pizza pan. I used an extra-large pizza Pan. I like to use a pizza pan that has holes in the bottom and spray well with cooking spray. (You can also use a very small amount of corn meal on the bottom of pizza pan to help with sticking. )
Note: Fold over the edge of the pizza if you like a thick Crust and if using a un-perforated pizza pan poke whole marks in dough with a fork to allow for air flow.
***Bake the pizza crust at 500*F for 5 minutes, then remove pizza crust from the oven adding the toppings and bake another 5-9 minutes. Add basil and serve, extra black pepper to taste.