Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pear Walnut and Prosciutto White Pizza with Honey

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I wish I could say that I invented the combination for this delicious summer pizza... but I didn't. It took one of the best Italian restaurants in Toronto to figure it out. They call it the C't Mang pizza at Terroni and no substitute toppings are allowed.

Each dish at Terroni is carefully created to achieve that perfected taste you experience in each bite. I never imagined fresh pears on my pizza, but when I took a bite I was instantly addicted.

You first experience the saltiness of the prosciutto, followed by the fresh sweetness of the pear, back to the saltiness of the gorgonzola cheese, ending with a lingering taste of honey and a crunch from the walnuts. Also, there is no sauce to interfere with the combination of all these toppings, just pure goodness on this white pizza.

So give this pizza a try. Everyone I've made it for has loved it. It makes the perfect summer get together pizza!

Pear Walnut and Prosciutto White Pizza with Honey

Makes 4 individual pizzas
  • pizza dough
  • 2 cups of mozzarella, grated
  • 150 g of gorgonzola cheese, crumbled (if you can't find gorgonzola, the more milder and Canadian borgonzola will do)
  • 2 pears, sliced
  • chopped walnuts
  • 125 g prosciutto
  • honey
  • olive oil
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 F.
  2. Stretch out your pizza dough as thin as you can, without ripping the dough. If you are afraid of ripping the dough, use a rolling pin. You should be able to stretch it out to at least 8 inches. Make a circle, square, rectangle, whatever you like.
  3. Once you have all four pizza's stretched out brush the top of each pizza with a teaspoon of olive oil. Now sprinkle the mozzarella evenly onto each pizza. I like to save half of the mozzarella to finish off the top of the pizza, but you can spread all of it down if you like.
  4. Crumbled the gorgonzola onto each pizza, followed by layering the pears onto each pizza. Sprinkle the walnuts on top of the pears and then layer the prosciutto on top. If you have half the mozzarella, sprinkle the rest on top. Drizzle each pizza with honey and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
Buon Appetito!

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