Wednesday, September 21, 2011

White Pizza

I dunno about you but white pizza is way high up on my favorite pizza list. I have no idea where my favorite white pizza is from, but I think I'd like to try creating it at home since it was probably somewhere on the East Coast and that's not exactly an easy drive nowadays. I found this recipe from the Sugar Plum Blog and I figured it was a good jumping point. It definitely made a delicious pizza, but I'm not sure that I've achieved perfection yet. Luckily this was only my first try and this is a great recipe from which to build. Check it out:
Recipe White Pizza (original from Sugar Plum)

3/4c warm water
2t active dry yeast
2t honey
3/4t salt
2T butter, melted
1 1/4c bread flour
1/3c flour
1/4c cornmeal

2T butter, melted
1/4t garlic powder
2/3c ricotta cheese
6oz fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
1/4t sea salt
1/8t freshly ground pepper

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together water, yeast, and honey. Rest for 5 min. Mix in salt, melted butter, bread flour, and flour until well combined. Mix in cornmeal and knead dough with a dough hook for about 5 minutes. Lightly cover bowl and allow to rise in a warm area for 1-2 hours or until doubled in bulk.

Preheat to 450F. Place dough on a pizza stone and spread into a circle of about 1/4" thickness. In a small bowl, stir together butter and garlic powder until combined. Brush over dough. Spread ricotta over dough. Evenly top with mozzarella. Sprinkle sea salt and pepper on top. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Here are my suggestions/ plans for next time: instead of garlic powder use minced garlic, be sure that the ricotta cheese is room temp if not warm so that it is easily spreadable, more mozzarella, use Woody's Gourmet Black Truffle and Thyme Sea Salt and tri-color pepper, add oregano. Enjoy!

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