Friday, 4 January 2013

Breakfast Pizza

Pizza for breakfast? why not!
This is made with an instant pizza yeast and some simple things found in your fridge right now! I made this one morning thinking of using up some ham and asparagus. Crack a few eggs and there you go breakfast made in about 30 minutes. The time it takes to heat up the oven and you could make a breakfast to feed a crowd. Use the things you like to make this your breakfast pie. Big Pete was in heaven as he would eat a pizza anytime of the day.

You will need:

for one 12 inch pizza
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp pizza or instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour plus 1/3 cup for rolling out
  • 1 tomato - seeds removed and grated
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 cup mozzarella (more if you like)
  • 4 spears asparagus
  • 1 cup ham- chopped fine in a food processor
  • 3 sundried tomatoes- sliced fine into strips
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • hot sauce -optional

Step 1: turn on oven to 425 degrees F. In a bowl add warm water, olive oil and yeast. Stir and leave 1 minute. I typically don't use instant yeast for pizza dough because I like the chewy texture you get in a crust that takes 24-48 hours to create however, this is perfect for a quick breakfast pizza. If you have instant yeast you can use that as well.

Step 2:  add 1 cup of flour and salt. Add 1/3 cup additional flour to counter and turn out your dough to knead until the flour has been absorbed and you have a nice soft dough. Knead 2-3 minutes. You do not need to let this dough rise however, if you prepare the complete pizza and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before baking it will puff slightly. 

Step 3: to make an instant sauce. I take 1 tomato and cut in half. I remove most of the wet seeds and then on a grater grate the pulp of the tomato until you have just the skin left. (discard the skin) Add a bit of tomato paste to thicken and season with salt and pepper. Done!

Step 4: top with the things you love. I have used the ham, cheese, asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes and then I have whisked 2 eggs and drizzled over the top. If you have a pizza stone then create your pizza on a piece of parchment paper and slide directly onto stone for a nice crispy pizza. If you don't then, create the pizza on a pan greased with olive oil so it doesn't stick. If you like a thicker crust then make it and if you like more eggs just create an edge so that the fillings do not run out. You can also add some hot sauce to the pizza before or after baking.

Bake about 10-12 minutes and then enjoy hot!

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