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Watercress and Blue Cheese Pizza


Recipe courtesy of The Watercress Company  

 

Ingredients

  • For the pizza dough: 500g strong white flour
  • 1tsp table salt
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 1tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 325ml lukewarm water
  • Plain flour for dusting
  • For the sauce: 200g tinned tomatoes
  • 2 heaped tablespoons tomato puree
  • Toppings: 100g grated mozzarella
  • 75g blue cheese (luke Dorset Blue Vinny)
  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 50g watercress
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  • If you have an electric mixer with a dough hook you can use this to mix the dough, 4 minutes on a medium-high speed should be enough. Alternatively do it the old fashioned way and knead by hand for about 10 minutes, or until you have a smooth, springy dough. Dust a large bowl with flour then place the kneaded dough inside. Cover with a damp cloth and leave to prove in a warm place for about 45 mins, or until it has doubled in size.
  • While the dough is proving, peel and de-seed the butternut squash. Dive into 2cm chunks, place on a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Put the tray into the pre-heated oven and roast the squash for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through and beginning to colour around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • While the squash cooks, make your pizza sauce by blending together the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree with a pinch of salt.
  • Once your pizza dough has doubled in size, tip it out of the bowl onto a flour-dusted surface and knead briefly, this is called knocking the dough back and remove the large air bubbles inside. At this point you could cut the dough into four and then freeze for up to two months if not using straight away.
  • If using the dough straight away cut it into four and roll the four pieces of dough into balls. Place them on a floured tray, cover with a damp cloth and leave to prove for a further 15 mins.
  • Finally your dough will be ready and its time to make your pizzas! Take a roll pin, and, on a floured surface, roll out your four balls of dough to your desired thickness. Get two large pieces of kitchen foil ready and drizzle them with a little olive oil. Carefully transfer two pizza bases to each piece of foil, making sure that they will fit in your oven.
  • Spoon tomato sauce onto each base, using the back of the spoon to spread the sauce evenly. Scatter over grated mozzarella, then crumble over the blue cheese and dot with the butternut squash. Carefully transfer each piece of foil directly onto an oven shelf and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges have started to colour and the base is cooked through.
  • Finally remove the pizzas from the oven, scatter over the watercress and cut the pizza into generous wedges. Serve with more watercress on the side and enjoy!