Smoky Bacon and Pineapple Pizza

Instead of phoning for a pizza, try making this tempting version of a popular classic by Paul Bloxham
By Paul Bloxham
Smoky Bacon and Pineapple Pizza
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  • Serves: 4-8
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes plus 1 hr to prove
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

For the dough

  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 200 ml beer
  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 350 g strong bread flour, plus more if necessary

For the pizza

  • 250 ml tomato passata, (sieved tomatoes)
  • 3 onions, sliced and slowly caramelised
  • 250 g smoked lardons, crisped in a hot pan and drained
  • 1 baby pineapple, roughly chopped
  • 250 g cherry tomatoes
  • 4 fresh mozzarella, each sliced into five
  • 200 g parmesan, grated
  • 2 tsp oregano, chopped
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • chilli oil and crisp green salad, to serve

Method

1. In a bowl, combine the yeast with the beer or water, honey, olive oil and salt. Leave for 5 minutes at room temperature to activate the yeast, then transfer to a food processor along with the flour and process until the dough forms a ball. The dough should be soft but not sticky. If it is too sticky, add a bit more flour and process for another couple of seconds.

2. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead thoroughly for 2 minutes, adding extra flour if necessary to form a smooth dough. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp tea towel and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, at least 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 230C/gas 8.

3. Divide the dough into 4 and roll into balls. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet, cover with a damp towel and leave to rest for 15 minutes. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll into 30cm rounds, each about 1cm thick.

4. Spread 2 tbsp of tomato sofrito on the base of each pizza, leaving a 5cm edge. Spread the caramelised onions on top, followed by the lardons, pineapple and cherry tomatoes. Top with the mozzarella, Parmesan, oregano and pepper.

5. Bake on a baking tray in the oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until crisp and bubbling. Leave to cool for two minutes before serving with a little chilli oil and a crisp green salad.

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