Thursday, October 6, 2011

Double Pizzas Nite-In: Potato and Taleggio Pizza and Lolly Pizza

For this post, I'm baking two kinds of pizzas with my two baking friends, Lena, from Frozen wings and Joyce from Kitchen Flavours for our Pizza Nite-In bake-along theme. Please visit their blogs for their great pizza ideas.

Like most pizza lovers, my family and I usually eat pizza made with tomato base, top generously with mozzarella cheese. For a slight twist, there is no tomato used in Pizza no. 1. Instead, an Italian cheese, Taleggio is used as a major topping for this pizza.

When I had my first sniff on Taleggio, being freshly bought from the market, I was afraid that my family wouldn't like this cheese because of its strong aroma. In contrast, the baked version of Taleggio on our pizza has a very mild flavour with an unusual fruity tang that makes our pizza extra delicious.

What's next? Dessert, of course! For Pizza no. 2, I've created an easy, sweet and kiddy version of pizza using digestive biscuit as my pizza base and lots of lollies and marshmallows as my pizza toppings. No doubt that these "pizzas" are extra-yummy especially when the marshmallow toppings are freshly toasted!

For our next bake-along, we are baking with a "Chocolate and Cherries" theme, which is to be posted on 20 October 2011. Please join us for this bake-along. Just bake anything with chocolate and cherries and link your post with us. 


 
One slice is never enough...just eat the whole lot!

Here's the Potato and Taleggio Pizza recipe from Australian GoodFood magazine May 2010 issue 
(with my modifications in blue)

make 4 x 28cm pizza bases

7g dry yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
325ml lukewarm water
500g bread flour, plus extra to dust
2 tsp salt
1/2-1 tsp olive oil

1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in lukewarm water. Stand for 10 min or until frothy.

2. Sift flour and salt onto a clean work surface to form a mound. make a well in center and pour in yeast mixture. Using hands, mix until well combined. Knead for 5 mins, until smooth and elastic. Roll dough into a ball.

3. Dust a large bowl with extra flour. Place dough in a prepared bowl and brush with a little oil to
prevent a crust forming. Cover with a clean tea towel and stand in a warm place for 2-3 hrs, until doubled in size. Divide dough into 4 portions. Roll each into a ball.

For 1 x 28cm round pizza:

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to brush
100g potato, very thinly sliced
1/4 quantity basic pizza dough
1 cup (100g) grated fresh mozzarella
60g Taleggio cheese, cut into cubes
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced (I didn't add this)

1. Preheat oven to 200°C fan forced. Brush a 30 cm pizza tray with extra oil.

2. Place potato slices in a baking dish. Drizzle over oil and toss to combine. Bake for 15 min or until potato is just tender.

3. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and use hands to flatten. Gently push out dough with
fingertips to form a 5 mm-thick round with a slightly thicker edge to prevent topping running off. Place on prepared tray.

4. Scatter over mozzarella, leaving a 2cm border. Top with Taleggio cheese and potato slices, then scatter over garlic (I didn't add any garlic into my pizza). Season with salt. Bake for 15 min, until base is crisp and golden and potato is cooked through. Season with pepper, cut into wedges and serve.

And this is how I made these Lolly Pizzas:
  • Use Digestive biscuits or any equivalent kind of sweet crackers or biscuits such as Graham crackers or Marie biscuits as pizza bases. 
  • Spread 1/2-1tbsp of berry jam onto each base. Amount of jam vary depending on individual taste and size of the biscuits or crackers.
  • Sprinkle the lollies or chocolate chips (roughly chopped or miniature size) onto the base as desired and top with generous amount of roughly chopped marshmallows.
  • Lightly toast pizza with only top heating in the oven for 3-5 min. Remove them from the oven when the marshmallows turn golden brown. 
Happy Baking

Here are our baking friends that have joined us for this bake-along. Please visit their blogs for more pizza ideas.
Please submit your details if you wish to link your post to this bake-along.

31 comments:

  1. i haven't put potato on pizza before interesting looks lovely

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  2. oh gosh the lolly pizza looks amazing! now i know why one ain't enough ;p

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  3. What a great pizza! I had a potato pizza a year or so ago at the Mellow Mushroom and it was AMAZING! I bet this one was, too!

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  4. I was just at Frozen Wings blog looking at her potato pizza! And you lolly pizza is so creative.

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  5. we got the same idea, i baked a potato pizza too! i really like the look of the thin slices of the potatoes, you have arranged them beautifully! the marshmallow pizza is so cute, they look like little mushrooms sitting on a garden!

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  6. Hi Zoe, I've never heard of Taleggio cheese! It looks good with the potatoes! And the Lolly Pizza is a 'cool' idea! I can just imagine a bite into the warm "melted marshmallows"! My kids would love these!
    Yummy! Great bakes!

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  7. The potato pizza looks great! I haven't tried it before, but now I must!

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  8. Interesting topping, looks so good and delicious.

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  9. My goodness, your lolly pizza looks terrific. What a click. Loving it. Kudos! I bet your kids would love it as much as I do. hehe....
    have a great day, dear.
    Kristy

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  10. very interesting pizzas! You make me salivate juz by looking at the pics! ;)

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  11. Never had potato pizza,looks Yummy and I'm sure these taleggio cheese make taste great,,.i never had these cheese.
    Ridwan

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  12. Zoe, thank you SO much for your detailed explanation on the flour ratio in your previous post...so very much appreciate it :)) you really know your flours! ive always seen recipes using italian 00 (eg when makng pasta) but had no idea what the difference is!! oh ive recently got my bread machine out again (after a long time gathering dust on the floor) and used it to make pizza too :P (this potato taleggio looks soo gourmet!) i am trying your bread roll this weekend...i really cant wait! :) have a lovely weekend ahead!

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  13. Great minds think alike?? Both your pizza and Lena's look yummilicious! I wanna try this out someday. And the lolly will be a sure winner with kids!

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  14. That potato pizza looks awesome. I bet I would adore it! (I'm still in awe of your rolls. They are so incredibly perfect looking!)

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  15. This pizza look amazing!! Zoe, gloria

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  16. What could be more comforting, potato, cheese all rolled up into a pizza - delicious!
    Mary x

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  17. you are so creative, this pizza must be very good!

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  18. you are so creative, your pizza look so good and tempting!

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  19. Omg, both pizzas looks extremely comforting and inviting..

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  20. I love both of your pizzas,especially the lolly pizza!yum yum!

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  21. Zoe, I want to have all the pizzas from you, Lena and Joyce. Look very delicious and I'm getting hungry now!

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  22. OK, I am definitely making those cute lolly pizzas with my son this weekend!!! They are adorable! What a brilliant concept, thank you!

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  23. Oh the pizzas look great! Potato pizza... nice!

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  24. Just visited lena's blog and she has potato pizza too! Yours looks as delicious and I love the look of that Lolly pizza too! Sounds like a great flavor combinations..

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  25. hahaha, how cute is that lolly pizza:)

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  26. Love it with thin potato slices on top, yumm!

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  27. Your Lolly pizza is amazing! I can understand why one piece is not enough. I want the whole pizza!

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  28. That lollypizza looks so very tempting!

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  29. I love, love pizza! All of them look terrific!

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