First things first: make your own pizza dough. Yes, it takes a little more effort (mostly time), but it’s so worth it. It’s actually quite easy to throw together, you just need an hour or so to let the dough rise. So whether you’re making a charcuterie pizza like I do here, or you’re making one with your favourite toppings, start with this homemade pizza dough recipe!
Stretching out this pizza dough made a delightfully thin and crispy crust. AND it was strong enough to hold up all of the toppings after baking. Perfection! The beautiful thing about making your own crust, is you get to decide how thick or thin you want it. I like it nice and thin at the center, with a slightly thicker crust around the edges.
Now for the toppings. We love a good charcuterie board. A mix of fine cheeses and various cured meats are always delicious! And your favourite charcuterie items also make for fantastic pizza toppings!
I decided on a “white pizza” with no tomato sauce. Smooth and creamy ricotta was my base “sauce”. Thinly sliced pear added a little bit of sweetness, and paired with some spicy salami it made for a great combination! I topped it off with pieces of brie, simply because brie is awesome. Have more brie.
Easy. Delicious. Pizza.
- 1 1/2 cups "00" farina flour
- 1/2 tbsp kosher salt
- 3/4 tsp white sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- bosc pear, thinly sliced
- salami, thinly sliced
- brie, cut into pieces
In a large bowl, stir together flour, salt, sugar and yeast. Slowly add water and olive oil and stir until fully combined.
Prepare a floured surface, and knead until dough comes together and forms into a ball. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel. Set in a warm place for 60 minutes until dough has doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 450°F and place a pizza stone in the oven to get hot.
Take the pizza dough, and gently stretch from underneath using hands. Form into a circle, about 11-12 inches across, with a thicker border around the outside for the crust. Place dough on preheated pizza stone.
Spread ricotta as bottom layer on the pizza dough. Add thinly sliced pear and salami. Top with pieces of brie.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until cheese is bubbling and crust is golden.
Let sit for a few minutes to cool, cut into slices and enjoy!
If you try this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and share a picture using #thesliceabove on Instagram. I always love seeing what you cook!