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    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Here's a Non Meat Pizza - Can be Vegan- But I added Cheese

    Roasted Apple, Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Pizza

    Here is a Pizza Blanco which can be Vegan...but I added Feta cheese
    Little bit Salty, little touch of Sweetness 
    Very Popular with the Grand kids

    Instead of a dairy base or the usual Tomato
    Try a Garlic Bean Puree
    This idea came from The Epicurious Website
    Some many good ideas on that site

    Ingredients
    Garlic White Bean Purée
       1 400 gms can cannellini or other white beans, rinsed and drained
        ¼ cup olive oil
        2 tablespoon lemon juice

        Zest of 1 lemon
        2 cloves garlic peeled
        ½ teaspoon dried thyme or oregano
        1 teaspoon sea salt
        ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
        1 to 2 tablespoons water


    Pizza toppings
        4 tablespoons olive oil
        1 onion, thinly sliced
        Sea salt
        Freshly ground black pepper
        2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
        1 cup spinach
        1 apple, peeled and cubed
        1/2 cup Feta Cheese Crumbled


    First: Make your Pizza Dough
    Here's Step by step to make it easier
    You don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn for this bread
    Max time: 1 hour 15 minutes... from whoa to go
    I have this down to a fine art and feel really confident, that anybody could get the same results.
    i.e. to get the water to the correct hand hot temp 2/3 cold water 1/3 just boiled water.
    This is the right temp for our granddaughter’s mouth and perfect for bread making
    You learn something everyday

    ! cup high grade flour (if you have Italian 00 more’s the better)
    1 pkt 8g dry yeast
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1 teaspoon salt

    Approx 100 mls warm water prepare 200 mls just in case…some days it may take more
    It’s important that the dough is not dry

    Place flour in a large bowl
    Add sugar, yeast and salt
    (making sure the salt and yeast are not together...Salt kills yeast) So add about 100 mls of water and mix till the dough comes clear of the bowl
    Turn out onto floured board and knead about 1-2 minutes
    Till dough is smooth
    Place back into the bowl which you have oiled and toss around to coat the dough

    Cover with tea towel or plastic wrap.
    Leave till doubled in size about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the temperature

    Pull away from sides of bowl
    Turn back onto floured board and knead it well about another minute
    Flour the rolling pin and roll into shape and place in oiled  pan

    Preparation and assembly

    Preheat oven to 190C

    I think the raw Garlic is a little too pungent, so I just gently sauteed it in the oil before I started
    Just to get that lovely soft roast garlic flavour
    Make the garlic white bean purée by blending the beans, oil,
    lemon juice and zest,  garlic, thyme, salt and pepper
    in a food processor.
     Add water, as needed, until a smooth consistency forms.
    Set aside. Can be made two days in advance.
    In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat and
    sauté onions until soft and lightly caramelized, about 20 to 30 minutes.
    Season generously with salt and pepper.
    While the onions are cooking, toss remaining 2 tablespoons oil with squash and season generously with salt and pepper.
    Transfer to a large-rimmed baking sheet and roast for 30 to 35 minutes until squash is fork-tender, turning once or twice with a spatula.
    Remove from oven and set aside.
    Add cubed apples to the onions
    Turn heat up to 220C degrees.

    Spread a layer of the garlic white bean purée evenly over the rolled-out dough.
    (You may not want to use all of it.)
    On top of the dough, arrange the spinach, caramelized onions,
    roasted butternut squash and apple slices. 

    Crumble over the Feta Cheese
    Season with salt and pepper, and brush the edges of the crust with olive oil.
    Bake at 220 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes, rotating midway,
    until the crust is slightly browned or golden.
    Let cool, slice and serve.

    Plus if you want to use the Garlic Bean Puree as a dip
    Add a little extra Lemon Zest and dip away

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