Blackberry Pear Herbed Pizza

Takes too long to make and prepare this recipe's dough, approximately about 6 hours including the time to make it rise, takes 30-45 minutes to bake and basically an 30 minutes to an hour to make the pie itself. Though this is the case, there is always room for a fruit cheese dough and a blackberry pear herbed pizza. The whole family's food brings us a recipe good for four. 

1 pint of blackberries
2-3 pears- skins removed and sliced
1 fennel bulb- chopped
fresh sage- chopped fine
4 ounces Cypress Grove Chèvre
4+ ounces combined gruyere and asiago cheeses
6+ fresh basil leaves- chopped
When making a pizza with no sauce, I like to sprinkle the flattened, herbed dough with gruyere and asiago cheeses; then I place the toppings.   



1 package Fleischmann's instant yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups water ( around 110 degrees F)
3 1/2+ cups flour (I use spelt flour)
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4+ Tablespoons fresh thyme

  1. Pour yeast, sugar and salt into a mixing bowl. Pour in the water and stir in order to dissolve the yeast, sugar and salt. Once dissolved add the flour and mix completely. 
  2. As you are mixing the flour in, sprinkle in the thyme and olive oil. Once you have it all mixed in together, you will have a kind of sticky ball; leave it in the bowl. Cover the bowl with a cloth and store in a warm place for about 6 hours (until the dough doubles in size). Remove the dough from the bowl and dust it with flour. 
  3. Then, separate the dough into two equal size balls and (adding more flour if needed) kneed the dough on a cutting board. Finally, sprinkle the cutting board with flour and begin to roll the dough out with a rolling pin. 
  4. Before I get the dough completely rolled out, I like to toss it back and forth between my hands to stretch it out some. Please, don't fret for a second about the shape of your pizza (let this be part of your creativity). 
  5. Once you have the crust rolled out, transfer it to a pizza stone or baking dish (greased with extra virgin olive oil)  and begin to load on the toppings! 
  6. After the topping have been added, place in a preheated 500 degree F oven and bake for 30-40 minutes (until crust is crisp on the bottom). Remove and chopped basil to the top; allow to rest and cool for a couple of minutes before cutting to serve. Enjoy!
Posted by Diane Araga, on August 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM