JOANNA'S FOOD: family cooking, from scratch, every day

Friday, January 11, 2008

White pizzas with fennel seeds

Lunch yesterday and today was white pizza, no cheese. Less is more.

I made the dough yesterday morning, using 300g strong white flour, a slug of olive oil, some salt, 170ml of water, half a teaspoon of quick yeast and a couple of teaspoons of fennel seeds. One half went into the fridge overnight, the other straight onto a pizza tin.

Sicilian-ish white pizza

This was topped with a few sultanas (softened for a while in a little hot water), some large capers, and three or four snipped anchovies. A drizzle of oil - c'est tout. When it came out of the oven, I covered it in chopped parsley.

Roasted onion white pizza

This pizza was liberally covered with roasted onions: I won't say they were "left over" from last night's supper; I deliberately made enough for two meals. Lots of pepper. When the pizza came out of the oven, I could have added some Greek yoghurt, or chopped parsley, but I didn't - I wanted the sweet taste of the onions oozing into the lightly-cooked dough.

Just one thing - I'm almost embarrassed to confess: I made the dough in a bread machine, which I bought at the beginning of the week. Richard Bertinet would be very surprised to hear that his highly-enjoyable course drove me to buy one of these machines which he so despises.


Liberty Belle said...

Dear Joanna
Richard Bertinet doesn't despise bread machines - he just thinks hand made is better! Richard would much prefer that people use a machine and know what is in their bread rather than buying a heavily processed loaf full of additives.
Best wishes
Jo Bertinet
The Bertinet Kitchen

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

When you say slug of olive oil, you know you're really cooking!

Toffeeapple said...

How spooky is this? I have just got the bread flour out, along with the yeast and was just going to look for a different recipe from my usual now I have to make a pizza too! Thank you Joanna, you really are an inspiration!

Ed Bruske said...

white pizza with caramelized onions is so good. And what a great idea I never would have thougt of--fennel seeds. We love our white pizzas in myriad ways. It's hard not to eat too much of them.

Dianne said...

Hi Joanna

This is such a good idea! I dont eat a lot of pizza because I dont like the traditional tomatoe topping! I can really get going on pizzas now you've given me the idea

D :)

KJ said...

Oooh this looks so interesting. I often make pizzas without cheese - usually with potato and rosemay or garlic, onion and bacon. This has given me some new ideas. Thanks.

Mansi said...

We love pizza with carmelized onions:) but fennel seeds, now that's intriguing!!

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Anonymous said...

Mmmm that white pizza with caramelized onions looks heavenly.