This week we are getting into the spirit of Halloween with a special pumpkin pizza recipe for you to try for your Halloween party guests. As we love the Italian trails on the Via Francigena we thought it would be a nice idea to test our pizza making skills.
For our pizza toppings:
- 2 – 3 cups diced pumpkin
- 1 sweet green chilli
- A sprinkle of salt and pepper
- 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped thinly
- 1 handful of spring onions
- 8 oz of mozzarella
- A handful of grated Parmesan
- Prosciutto ham
For our pizza base:
We used 1 7g packet of yeast
1 pint of luke warm water
4 cups of flour (approximately 500g)
Naan bread is an easy option and also delicious
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees c.
Dice your pumpkin into small cubes. Lightly toss in one tablespoon of oil and season with salt and pepper. Your pumpkin pieces can be baked in the oven for 20 minutes to soften them.
While the pumpkin is roasting you can get working on your dough for your pizza base and chop the other ingredients.
The dough is probably the most tricky bit of the recipe as it can be difficult to tell when it is ready to be rolled. So here is what worked for us. Emply the packet of yeast into a large bowl. Add a pint of warm water slowly and keep mixing. Leave this stand for five minutes, whisk and it should look like a watery creamy mixture. Sift in a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of sugar and mix gently. Now it is time to add your flour. Carefully pour the four cups of flour into the creamy mixture. Now mix it thoroughly, adding some extra mixing muscle to get rid of the lumps. Cover the whole bowl with a cloth or cling film and place in the fridge for an hour (3 – 4 hours if you can bare to wait)
Now it is time to get your toppings ready. Chop the garlic cloves thinly, slice the chilli and scallions, pull the mozzarella into chunky pieces to spread generously over the dough.
Once your dough has had room to breathe and puff up a little spread a handful of flour over a clean surface to roll out your dough.
Add all of your toppings, not forgetting a large handful parmesan on top. Place in the oven for 20 minutes. Depending on the thickness of your dough, it will take different times to cook through so we would recommend staying nearby the oven.
Finish with a dash of olive oil and a sprinkle of ground pepper.
Have a spooktacular Halloween!