November 28, 2010

Goat’s Cheese, Honey and Walnut Pizza

Whenever I go to a restaurant/café and I eat something that I really like, I then want to try to make the recipe myself at home. While at the restaurant, I pay careful attention to the menu to know what ingredients were used to make that recipe, and as soon as I get back home, I scribble down notes and ingredients. When I then try to cook the recipe, it sometimes work very well or sometimes it looks and tastes anything but like the dish I had at the restaurant. In any case, I often find that eating out is a great source of inspiration. It gives me ideas for presentation, or to try ingredients I rarely use.

Last summer, we had dinner once in a pizzeria, and I had that wonderful pizza mixing sweet and savoury flavours. I think I’ve already told you that I especially like cheese with something sweet such as jam or honey, like in this recipe.

My pizza tasted slightly different to the one I had at the restaurant but I was nonetheless very happy with the result. For the dough, I followed a recipe given by Jamie Oliver in his book Jamie’s Italy. Until recently, I never had a go at making pizza dough myself, but since I have realised how easy it is, I surely won’t go back to non-homemade pizza dough.

Winter is definitely on its way. We haven’t had snow yet in Exeter (doesn’t happen often), but parts of the country are covered in snow. Here is a last autumn-inspired recipe, before I talk to you more about Christmas and the cold season coming.

Goat’s Cheese, Honey and Walnut Pizza – for 1 pizza

  • • 250g strong white bread flour
  • • ¼ tsp salt
  • • ½ sachet (7g) dried yeast
  • • 1tsp golden caster sugar
  • • 160ml lukewarm water
  • • 150ml crème fraîche
  • • 2 onions, peeled and chopped
  • • 100g soft goat’s cheese, crumbled
  • • A handful of walnuts
  • • Black pepper
  • • 2tbsp honey
  • • A knob of butter

  • 1. To make the dough, put the flour on to a clean surface and make a well in the centre. Add the yeast and sugar to the lukewarm water, mix up with a fork and leave for a few minutes, then pour into the well. Using a fork and circular movement, slowly bring in the flour from the inner edge of the well and mix to the water. Continue to mix bringing in all the flour. When the dough comes together, flour your hands and begin to pat it into a ball. Knead the dough for about 10min until you have a smooth springy soft dough. Put in a bowl, cover it with cling film and let it rest at room temperature for at least 15min.
  • 2. Roll the pizza out into a rough circle about 0.5cm thick. Preheat the oven to 250°C. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add your onions and cook until soft and golden.
  • 3. Spread the crème fraîche on the pizza dough. Top up with the onions, goat’s cheese and walnuts. Finish by seasoning with black pepper and by drizzling the honey over the pizza.
  • 4. Cook in the oven for 10-15min until nicely golden.

  • Pizza au Chèvre, Miel et Noix – pour 1 pizza
  • • 250g de farine à pain
  • • ¼ cc de sel
  • • ½ sachet (7g) de levure déshydratée
  • • 1cc de sucre brun
  • • 160ml d’eau tiède
  • • 150ml de crème fraîche
  • • 2 oignons, pelés et hachés
  • • 100g de fromage de chèvre frais, en petit morceaux
  • • 1 poignée de noix
  • • Poivre noir
  • • 2cs de miel
  • • 1 noix de beurre

  • 1. Pour faire la pâte, mettre la farine sur un plan de travail et faire un puits au centre. Mélanger la levure et le sucre avec l’eau tiède à l’aide d’une fourchette, laisser de côté quelques minutes puis verser dans le puits. A l’aide d’une fourchette, faire un mouvement circulaire pour ramener la farine vers le centre et la mélanger à l’eau. Lorsque la farine et le mélange eau-levure sont bien mélangés, fariner ses mains et faire une boule de pâte. Pétrir la pâte pendant environ 10min jusqu’à obtenir une pâte souple et lisse. Mettre dans un bol, recouvrir de film plastique et laisser à température ambiante pendant au moins 15min.
  • 2. Etaler la pâte en un cercle d’une épaisseur de 0,5 cm. Préchauffer le four à 250°C. Faire fondre le beurre dans une casserole, ajouter les oignons et faire cuire jusqu’à ce qu’ils soient dorés.
  • 3. Etaler la crème fraîche sur la pâte à pizza et ajouter les oignons, le fromage de chèvre et les noix. Finir par assaisonner avec du poivre noir et du miel.
  • 4. Enfourner pour 10-15min jusqu’à ce que la pizza soit dorée.
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