Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Artisan ham and blue cheese pizza

I think that by now you all know how much I dislike and worry about baking anything, right? So it came as a surprise event to me when I decided to try making pizza from scratch.

Now, this might not sound like a massive feat, but I'm terrified of yeast breads, and the amount of yeast in thus thing is daunting. But. I did it, and the pizza was pronounced as better than Posticino and Massimos combined! Now that's saying something! 

The recipe is Marisa's, I didn't change a thing. I will just say though, that great quality, fresh toppings are absolutely key here for a wonderful pizza. I picked up some beautiful bacon, coppa and other hams at the Good Food and Wine Show, and they really shone in this.

Artisan Ham and Blue Tower Pizza

1 basic pizza dough (recipe will yield 2 large pizzas, if rolled quite thin)
Tomato paste or passata
1 wedge blue cheese (I used Fairview's Blue Tower, for it's creaminess and lovely veins)
Grated or sliced mozzarella
A handful of cherry or small Rosa tomatoes, halved lengthways
A handful of fresh rocket


  1.  When the dough starts it's rise, turn the oven on to preheat to 220-250°C.
  2. Once the dough is made, roll it out on a lightly floured surface until it's thin, and about the same size as whatever oven tray you're using. I used the ones that came with my oven, because their large and flat without high sides, and they fit perfectly. But if you prefer to use a pizza stone or other dish, go right ahead.
  3. Spread the base with the passata, by pouring a bit on, and spreading it with the back of a spoon or an offset spatula.
  4. Arrange the bacon, tomatoes and any other ingredients you like over the passata
  5. Sprinkle grated or sliced mozzarella (and really, the better quality the cheese, the nicer this will be) over the pizza, as generously or sparsely as you like
  6. Dice or crumble the blue cheese, and sprinkle over the pizza.
  7. Pop into the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the cheese has melted, and the edges are starting to brown.
  8. Remove from the oven, slice and spread fresh rocket over the pizza for a refreshing bite.
Enjoy your amazing creation, and have loads of fun with toppings!

PS. In the background you can see my new kettle, the adorable Le Creuset one from the Show, too! I love it!

PPS. This is the first post I've sent from my phone, what do you think?


  1. Well done kiddo, I am proud of you for trying, it looks totally delicious.

  2. Looks amazing, your pizza looks so good. and I love the kettle, great color!

  3. Can't remember the last time I made a pizza from scratch, think it's time again?


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