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BABY SPINACH, FETA & CARAMELIZED ONION PIZZA

January 20, 2011

PIZZA BASE

2 cups plain flour

3/4 cup warm water

1 tspn yeast

METHOD

1. Place flour in bowl.  Place warm water with yeast in another bowl.  Wait until the yeast/water looks a bit frothy (about 5 minutes).  Pour the yeast/water into the flour and mix together into a dough.

2.  Put dough out on a clean, floured surface.  Knead adding a little flour if it keeps sticking.  Knead for 5 minutes.

3. Place kneaded dough in a bowl and cover with cling wrap.  Leave in a warm place to double in size (about an hour).

TOPPING

3  large onions

2 tbspn oil

1 tbspn brown sugar

1 tbspn balsamic vinegar or lime or lemon juice

1 – 1 1/2 cups of baby spinach leaves (uncooked.  Some of the leaves that aren’t covered (the little bits on the edge) will go dark green/blackish but the rest will be fine).

1 cup of crumbled feta

METHOD

1.   Cut onions into rings,  Heat oil in pan and cook onion rings on a moderate hot plate until they are tender and golden brown.

2.  Add brown sugar and lime juice  to pan and continue to cook at a slightly higher heat until caramelized. (deeper golden brown).

3.  Preheat oven to 200 C.

ASSEMBLE

1.  Knock down the pizza dough with your knuckles until it is flattish.  Cut dough in half.  If you want a thin and crispy pizza only use half the dough.  If you want a thicker “bread” pizza use more of the dough. Roll out the dough into a rectangle big enough to fit a lightly oiled lamington tin.

2.   Place the pizza base in the lamington tin and brush lightly with oil.    Don’t let the pizza base rise much if you want a thin and crispy crust.  Leave it to rise some more in a warm place if you want a deeper crust.  You can use any left-over dough to make a bread roll or two. Arrange a layer of baby spinach on the pizza, then cover with layer the caramelized onions.  Top with crumbled feta.

3.  Place in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes at 200 C until base is cooked and cheese is golden tipped.

(Roll your leftover dough into a bread roll and cook at the same time as the pizza.)

4.  Allow pizza to cool in tin for 5 minutes and then place on wire rack to cool.

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