Do you have any food cravings? I do, not every day, but once in a while, I really need to eat certain food. And for some reason, the food I crave tends to be kind of heavy. Like a grilled cheese sandwich, a very rare steak or pizza. Boy, can I crave pizza! There will be months without eating pizza, and then, all of the sudden, I need to have it NOW. No need arguing or trying to convince me to go out for sushi, nothing but pizza will satisfy me.

Pizza with caramelized pear, goat cheese and thyme

Pizza with caramelized pear, goat cheese and thyme

I remember my last vacation to Asia, I had the most wonderful food (I still dream about a certain small hotel with so little guests, that we practically had our own private chef, a true wizard in the kitchen!). But after a few weeks of delicious curry and rice every day, I was in desperate need of something very different. So the minute we landed, I told MrintheKitchen I needed pizza! Which we ate that very night (yes, he knows when not to mess with me…)

Goat & pear pizza 4

Now, I’m not one of those girls who can’t finish a pizza, nor someone who doesn’t eat the crust (seriously, I never understood that, can somebody explain me why you wouldn’t want to eat the crust??). I eat it all!

If you have trouble finishing a whole pizza, this miniature version is just what you need! I’ve made pizza with caramelized pear, goat cheese and thyme, but you can choose any topping you fancy. I’ve made them before with grapes and blue cheese (a must try, very addictive sweet and salty at the same time!). If you prefer a more traditional pizza, no worries, tomato sauce and cheese works fine too.

Bon appétit!

Pizza with caramelized pear, goat cheese and thyme

Pizza with caramelized pear, goat cheese and thyme

Pizza with caramelized pear, goat cheese and thyme
 
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Serves: 10 mini pizzas
Ingredients
  • 3 gr dried yeast
  • 200 gr all purpose flour
  • Tiny pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 125 ml warm water
    Topping
  • 1 pear, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Goat cheese, preferably a roll so that you can slice it into rounds
  • Fresh thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Make a little hole in the center, pour in the olive oil, water and mix. (I like to do this with just my hands, but you can use a mixer as well)
  3. Knead for about ten minutes (if you're doing this by hand, take the dough out of the bowl and knead it on the counter, dusted with flour)
  4. When you feel the dough is smooth and flexible, place it in a clean bowl* that's been slightly oiled.
  5. After half an hour, the dough should be almost doubled in size. Time to take it out and knead again. Preheat your oven at the highest temperature possible (for mine, that's 250 C/482 F).
  6. Divide the dough into 10 balls and roll out untill really thin* on a flowered counter
  7. Top the mini pizzas with the pear slices, drizzle them with honey and place a slice of goat cheese on top
  8. Add the thyme and a drizzle of olive oil, season with salt & pepper
  9. Bake for about 6-8 minutes.
Notes
*In winter, I like to give the yeast a kickstart by putting the dough in a warm bowl. Just rinse it with hot water and dry it before you put in the pizza dough.
* The pizzas will have a diameter of about 15 cm / 6 inches

 

 

 

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