A sweet start to the year

Happy Sunday my lovely readers!  Did you missed me?! Hope that you have all had a fantastic 2018 thus far and are still working on those resolutions 🙂

Thought I’d celebrate my first post of the year with something sweet, simple and summery (with a hint of Persian). This recipe is very versatile and a general crowd pleaser hence it’s perfect for parties and BBQs. The idea for this recipe came to me not too long ago. I was invited to a Pizza night and wasn’t quite sure what to bring until it hit me…what better than a dessert Pizza? I could even use my mixer to make the dough!!(Yay)

So I raided my fridge to see what flavour combinations I could use and as it so happened I had bought some peaches the day before and guess what I ended up using?!

So here is the recipe:

Peach and Cinnamon dessert Pizza 

Ingredients

For the dough

  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp yeast

For the topping

  • 6-7 yellow peaches halved
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of chilli powder

Method

  • To make the dough; add the yeast to war water and set aside for approx 3 mins
  • In the bowl of the mixer fitted with the dough attachment mix the flour,salt,sugar and olive oil. Stir the yeast mixture and add to the flour mixture
  • using a medium speed, mix everything then reduce the speed to low for 10 mins
  • divide the dough into two and roll into balls, brush them with olive oil to stop it from drying out and place them in separate bowls covered with plastic wrap in a warm place like the oven (turned off) for 3 hours
  • grease the pizza trays and roll out the dough to fit on the tray, grease with butter and a pinch of caster sugar
  • place in preheated over (180C) for 15-20 mins
  • take it out of the oven and set it aside to cool, with a toothpick prick some small holes throughout the dough

 Hot tip: As you can see the above recipe is catered towards using an electric mixer. If you don’t happen to have one just make the dough by hand.

  • On a grill pan fry the Peach halves in butter
  • add the rest of the mixture to the pan and let it simmer until the juice is thickened
  • set aside to cool then pour the sauce onto the dough and place the peaches gently onto the dough
  • sprinkle with a pinch of chilli powder for an extra kick
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A mouth watering tasty summertime treat!

Now because I had an extra dough left, I got a bit excited and decided to make another flavour….a Baghlava flavoured pizza!! It’s actually very simple. The only difference was that I added 1 tsp of crushed cardamom and 2 tsp of almond meal to the dough. I also added one more tsp of almond meal when greasing the dough with butter and sugar before placing into the oven.

For the topping; I just brushed the dough with some syrup. The syrup mixture is as below.

Baghlava Syrup

  • 1 cup of caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of rosewater
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2-1 tsp lemon juice

Heat the sugar and water in a small pot until the sugar is dissolved then add the rest of the ingredients one at a time and heat gently on low heat and remove before it starts to boil. Set aside to cool then pour on cooled dough that has small holes pricked so that the syrup can fill the dough and make it moist rather than just sit on top. Garnish with crushed pistachios and dried rose petals.

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A very tasty dessert to accompany some seasonal fruit 🙂

That’s it for me, hope you have enjoyed my first post for the year. See you next time Xx