Recipe (click to expand)
Pizza (Pissaladiere for the French word for tomato-less and cheeseless pizza, … I still think tomato slices would be a good addition, and tomato sauce might work as long as it’s not too liquidy.
1 tbsp. baker’s yeast 1 tbsp. Sucanat 1 cup warm water
2 cups unbleached white flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup corn flour (approximate)
3 tbsp. dried tomato bits 1 cup water 1 1/2 tsp. salt
filling can be slightly steamed veggies of your choice, i used:
1 red capsicum (a red “bell pepper”) this is the decorative topping 1 orange banana pepper (hot) this too is decorative (hot) topping 4 small eggplant (2 medium or 1 large) water
3 small leek (2 medium or 1 large) water
1 1/2 tbsp. capers 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar (approximate) 10 basil leaves salt cracked black pepper
banana pepper, and sliced eggplant in oven. Use pie pan for the eggplant, because then you can add a little water to it as needed, as it will seem dry after some time in the oven. These cook for about 30 minutes.
Prepare a spring form cake pan with a bit of oil or Pam, and dusted with corn meal or corn flour. The diameter is about 8-9″.
Meanwhile, combine baker’s yeast, Sucanat and warm water, place in warm place so it will “grow” and get foamy. Then, combine 3 cups flour and salt, set aside.
Slice leek and saute in water, until carmelized (preferably). Simmer more water in another pot and add dried tomato bits, simmer a minute to get soft, drain but retain the water which will be tomato-colored. By this time the yeast will have “grown”, pour this in with the 3 cups of flour and salt, add tomato bits, and 1/2 cup of the tomato-water. Stir. Prepare a flat surface with corn flour, kneading some of this into the dough to get it ready to roll out. Roll out into a wide circle, about 5 inches wider than your pan. Be innovative in picking this up and placing it centered in your pan. The extra width will go up the sides of the pan. (I cut a circle about 1″ wider than the pan, dusted it well with the flour, then rolled it loosely to pick it up and place it in the pan, then unroll, then add the rest of the dough, packing it up along the sides).
Place this in a warm spot, and fill with the cooked leek, and salt lightly. Take eggplant out of the oven, layer it over the leek, sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, add a layer of basil leaves, then a second layer of eggplant, sprinkle with salt and cracked black pepper. Sprinkle with capers, letting some get embedded into the dough. As you are doing all this, the dough will be rising. Dot with *nofat* cheese (optional). Slice the cooked red pepper and banana pepper lengthwise into 8 to 12 strips each. Peel the peppers if you can (paper bag technique may work), may be easier to peel the banana pepper before you slice, and peel the red pepper after you slice. Assemble pepper strips, alternating the two kinds, in a sunray pattern. Sprinkle everything with the remaining balsamic vinegar. Dot center with whatever you have left, a bit of *nofat* cheese or a basil leaf.
Bake 20-30 minutes. Slice and serve. Voila! For anyone wanting to make their own modifications on this “pizza”, your ideas would be much welcomed.