Pizza Caprese


  • Serves 4 people

  • 400 gm canned diced tomato, drained (juice discarded)
  • 375 gm buffalo mozzarella (about 3 small), thinly sliced
  • 100 gm cacciatore salami, thinly sliced
  • 250 gm cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup (loosely packed) basil
  • To serve: extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pizza dough
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 7 gm (1 sachet) dried yeast
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 450 gm (3 cups) plain flour
01   For pizza dough, combine olive oil, yeast, sugar, ½ tsp salt and 350ml lukewarm water in a bowl and set aside until foamy (2-3 minutes). Gradually add flour, mix until a rough dough forms, then turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (6-8 minutes). Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside until doubled in size (1-1½ hours). Knock back dough, knead lightly, then cover and set aside until doubled in size (45 minutes-1 hour)
02   Meanwhile, preheat oven to 250C. Place two heavy-based oven trays in oven to heat. Divide dough into quarters, then form four 30cm-diameter circles with the palm of your hand or a rolling pin and place each on a piece of baking paper. Spread canned tomato over bases, top with mozzarella and salami, then bake in batches on heated trays, using baking paper for support, until golden and cooked through, swapping trays halfway through cooking (6-8 minutes). Repeat with remaining pizze. Scatter pizze with cherry tomatoes and basil, drizzle with oil, season to taste and serve hot.
This recipe is from the May 2011 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.
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