A Tradition in Family Baking

Seasonal Fruit Pizza

 
Seasonal Fruit Pizza
This pizza is a perfect addition to your holiday or special event menu. With its impressive mix of seasonal produce, a spike of Grand Marnier, and nutty-sweet crust, everyone at your table will find something to like about this dish. It's a great appetizer and would be an even better dessert topped with vanilla bean ice cream.
Yield: One 12-inch pizza
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup warm water (110-115°F)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 package (2¼ tsp, ¼oz, 7g) RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup raspberry jam, warmed slightly in the microwave or stove top
  • Seeds and juice of half a pomegranate
  • ¼ cup cranberries
  • 3 Bosc pears, sliced and seeded
  • Juice and zest of 2 clementines
  • 4oz goat cheese or blue cheese
  • 2 Tbsp almonds
  • 2 Tbsp Grand Marnier
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together water, 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar, and yeast. Allow mixture to sit for ten minutes or until bubbly.

  2. Meanwhile, sift together almond meal and flour in a separate bowl.

  3. To the yeast mixture, add olive oil and honey, stir slightly with a wooden spoon. Next, slowly add in your flours, a fourth of a cup at a time, stirring slowly and continuously until a dough forms.

  4. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and knead until springy (smooth and elastic), about 7 minutes.

  5. Rest in an oiled bowl, covered, for one hour or until doubled in size.

  6. While dough is resting, preheat oven to 450°F.

  7. Roll out onto a pizza stone or pan (see note below). Spread on jam, leaving a ½-inch margin for the crust. Top with fruit, cheese, zest and seeds in any design you'd like. Drizzle with juices and liqueur. (If a thicker crust is desired, let pizza rise for about ½ hour before baking.)

  8. Bake for 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

  9. Serve immediately. Cover leftovers with plastic wrap and refrigerator for up to one day.

  10. Recipe created by Fig and Bleu.
Notes
This recipe makes one large 12-inch pizza, but you can make smaller pizzas - divide the dough and toppings accordingly. Smaller pizzas will have a shorter bake time, so begin checking at the 20-minute mark for doneness.

Feel free to adapt to any season with any fruit, or adjust to make personal pizzas if you so choose. The crust is, at its core, a blank canvas for your palate to paint upon.

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