Peach Breakfast Pizza

August 23, 2011


Author Notes: I had a version of this breakfast pizza at PIzza Lucca, the mobile pizza truck at the John Jay Homestead Farm Market one summer. Pizza at the farm market - how cool is that? I tried to reproduce it at home, with pretty darn good results.

Go ahead and prep the dough the day/night before, unless you're a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed morning person.

The pizza dough recipe is adapted from The Silver Spoon, one of my favorite cookbooks. The baking instructions are what work for my oven. Ovens and equipment can vary, so if you have a foolproof pizza baking technique, by all means use it.
mrslarkin

Serves: two or more

Ingredients

Pizza Dough (enough for two pizzas)

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 11.25 oz., or 319 grams; I use King Arthur All-Purpose Unbleached)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast (not rapid rise), or 3 grams fresh yeast (about a dime-size ball)
  • 8 ounces or 227 grams lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Peach Breakfast Pizza

  • Pizza dough, about 10 ounces
  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese (you may need a little more or a little less, depending on the size of your pizza)
  • a small knob of frozen gingerroot
  • 1 fresh ripe peach, unpeeled, sliced into thin wedges
  • a few sprigs of fresh mint, leaves stripped, sliced into thin ribbons
  • honey
  • kosher salt, or flakey sea salt, to finish

Directions

Pizza Dough (enough for two pizzas)

  1. These instructions are for a stand mixer, but you can do it all by hand, if you so choose. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix flour and salt together.
  2. Dissolve yeast into warm water. Stir in the oil. With mixer on low speed, pour the liquid into the flour until dough comes together.
  3. Scrape off the paddle and switch to the dough hook. Knead for 5 or so minutes.
  4. Scrape mixer bowl and hook, and gather dough into a ball. Place in a well-oiled bowl. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap, lay a dish towel over it and place in a warm spot, like in the microwave. Sometimes, before putting the dough in, I heat a mug-full of water, to get the microwave nice and warm.
  5. Let rise for 1 hour. Punch dough down, and let rise for another hour.
  6. This step is totally optional, but worth it if you have all day. Punch dough down again and let rise for 2 - 3 more hours. Alternatively, you can stash the dough in the fridge overnight after the first rise. Bring refrigerated dough to room temperature about an hour before forming pizzas.

Peach Breakfast Pizza

  1. Place a pizza stone on bottom-most rack in oven. Preheat oven to BROIL HIGH at least a half hour before you will bake the pizza.
  2. Cut dough from above pizza dough recipe into two equal pieces, about 10 ounces each, weighing it with a kitchen scale if you have one. Place the second piece of dough in a freezer bag and freeze, or make a second pizza of your choosing.
  3. Flatten dough very slightly, and fold in top, bottom, left side, right side, towards center. Turn over, and gently form into a round. Place on lightly floured parchment-lined sheet pan, sprinkle with flour and cover with a kitchen towel. Let rest 10 minutes.
  4. Lightly oil (just a dab to keep the paper in place) a 12" pizza pan. Line with a piece of parchment paper, and lightly dust paper with flour. Place dough on paper. Dust dough lightly with flour and press down with your fingertips as you turn the pie and spread the dough evenly in all directions until you have a nice thin layer, about 1/4" thick. It probably won't cover the entire pan; that’s okay. If dough is not cooperating, it helps to let the dough rest for a few minutes.
  5. Alternatively, flour your fists very well, and the ball of dough. Stretch dough over your fists and move your fists along the outside edge of the dough, stretching it out. Lay the dough on parchment-lined pizza pan. Tug edges slightly to form a rough circle.
  6. Place peach wedges over the ricotta.
  7. With a microplane grater, grate some of the frozen ginger all over the pizza. Use as much or as little as you like. No need to peel the ginger.
  8. Place pan directly on pizza stone. Or, if you've got a pizza peel, pull the parchment and pizza onto the peel, then slide parchment and pizza directly onto pizza stone. Turn heat to 550 degrees F. Bake for 5 minutes, or until crust is nicely browned and crisp, and bottom of pizza has some nicely browned spots as well. Use a long-handled metal spatula or metal tongs, or the pizza peel, to lift up the pizza and take a peek underneath. The parchment will turn black, but it won't catch fire, so don't worry.
  9. Remove from oven using the pizza peel if you have one, and long-handled tongs to pull pizza onto the peel. Scatter the mint over, a sprinkling of salt, and a drizzle of honey. Cut into pieces with kitchen shears and enjoy!

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16 Comments

Bevi August 24, 2011
This is dreamy!
 
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mrslarkin August 24, 2011
Thank you Bevi!
 
lapadia August 24, 2011
Peach-a Pie!!...that's Amore ?
 
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mrslarkin August 24, 2011
Grazie! Buon appetito!!
 
susan G. August 23, 2011
Now that's my kind of pie! ..though I wouldn't turn down the 'others' either.
 
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mrslarkin August 24, 2011
Hee! Me neither.
 
lorigoldsby August 23, 2011
This sounds wonderful!! How did they cook the pizza at the farmer's market or did they prebake and serve it "room temp"?
 
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mrslarkin August 24, 2011
Thanks lorigoldsby! One of the vendors is a traveling brick oven pizza. The pizzas were relatively small, and cooked very quickly. All made fresh to order!
 
Lizthechef August 23, 2011
This recipe is so "you" - love it!
 
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mrslarkin August 23, 2011
thank you Liz. :)
 
boulangere August 23, 2011
Beautiful summer brunch idea.
 
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mrslarkin August 23, 2011
Thank you b. Brunch al fresco?
 
Niknud August 23, 2011
Sounds amazing - love the ricotta peach combo! With honey - definitely not something I could whip up on a Tuesday but maybe for a Sunday brunch....
 
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mrslarkin August 23, 2011
Thanks Niknud. Brunch would be good. With a bubbly drink.
 
hardlikearmour August 23, 2011
I've always liked left-over pizza for breakfast. How awesome to have fresh pizza made specifically for breakfast. Nicely done, mrsL!
 
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mrslarkin August 23, 2011
Thank you very much, hla!