Oh well, today that is going to change.
I had been given three pears by my parents a week or so back, around the same time I was given green tomatoes. I was glad to have them, already in my head making plans to make this Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Tart, but had completely forgotten about them as they got hid under the pile of citrus fruit to stave away my recent cold. Thank you to those of you who came by to wish me well. I do feel much better.
I made this (above) Pear, Spinach and Brie Cheese pizza yesterday later afternoon, and again this afternoon encouraged by my husband who really, really liked it.
I did make a few tweaks second time round. For example, I chopped the spinach, in the first pizza it was just strewn over whole; and the walnuts were also chopped. I also added an apple, cored and sliced of course.
Its sweet and savoury. The sweetness comes from the honey and pears, and the savoury undertones from the garlic and Brie cheese, a little sharpness and crunch from the apples and walnuts. All in all, a nice change from knife and fork grub, as well as a nice change from a tomato sauce based pizza.
|Pear a few months back, still growing in my parents garden|
Pizza with pear, apples, spinach and brie cheese
For the pizza dough
360g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
2 teaspoons dried fast active yeast
Good pinch of fine salt
1 teaspoon caster sugar
2 tablespoons extra virgin oil, plus extra for greasing
185ml-250ml luke warm water
For the pizza topping
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon runny honey
2 cloves garlic, crushed
100g fresh spinach, washed and roughly chopped
1 pear, halved, cored and thinly sliced
1 sharp eating apple, cored and thinly sliced
60g walnuts, roughly chopped
80g Brie cheese, sliced
freshly ground black pepper to taste
To make the dough, combine the flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Stir the olive oil into the water, then add to the flour mixture and mix to form a dough, then knead for about 5 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl, then cling wrap and place in a warm place for at least an hour for it to doubled in size.
Lightly oil a large pizza tray and dust with a little flour.
Preheat oven to gas mark 7/220oc.
After an hour, knock back the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for a minute, then roll into a ball, and using a rolling pin, roll it out to fit snuggly into the pizza tray.
In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, honey and garlic. Then using a pastry brush coat the pizza base with it. Evenly scatter over the chopped spinach, and arrange the pear and apple pieces over it. scatter over the walnuts and then carefully place the Brie cheese over it. Drizzle it with a little extra olive oil if you wish, and season with a little freshly ground black pepper.
Bake for 12 - 15 minutes, or until the base is crisp and golden.
Slice and enjoy immediately.