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Wednesday 11 March 2015

Mushroom, mozzarella, sweet onion drizzled with honey and brie, pear and sweet onion thin crust pizza recipe!

After a successful brunch pizza topped with spicy capicolla, pancetta, onions and a runny egg (recipe here), I wanted some bianco pizzas - "white" pizza made without tomato sauce. So came up with these two tasty pizzas: Mushroom, mozzarella, sweet onion drizzled with honey and brie, pear and sweet onion. The honey and brie pizza came out more as a dessert pizza.. yum!

I used some fresh pizza dough I picked up from the Italian Market, but you can easily use store bought, pita bread or make your own.  The combination of mushrooms, mozzarella and sweet onions made for a savoury bite while a drizzle of honey adds a touch of sweetness to add a touch of sophistication to every bite.  If you have truffle oil or shave a bit of truffle on to garnish, even better! I had some bottles of white truffle oil just languishing in my cupboards, so I finally made some use out of them… next time I'll try it on popcorn as cousin Ang suggested!

After stretching out the fresh pizza dough into the thickness and shape you want, top dough with toppings:
Mushroom, mozzarella, sweet onion drizzled with honey pizza
-mozzarella, sliced mushrooms, finely diced sweet onions
Brie, pear and sweet onion pizza
-Brie, thinly sliced pear slices, finely diced sweet onions

As I learned really quickly, only spread a thin not thick layer of brie on as it melts fairly fast and with too much brie, it makes the pizza crust a bit soggy (especially the centre) where all the grease soaks in.  A little goes a long way.

Bake pizzas in preheated 350F oven for 10 min. Drizzle the mushroom pizza with a touch of honey to finish and dig in!

You can always just do a simple margarita pizza too - tomato sauce, cheese and top with some fresh torn basil (didn't top with basil yet in this pic). Roasted tomato sauce recipe here
Anyway you make it, freshly baked pizza at home is totally worth a bit of extra effort when you bite into a crisp hot slice of nomnomnom!!

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