Blue cheese and apple pizza

    Blue cheese and apple pizza

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    About this recipe: A tasty change from traditional pizza, this recipe combines the sweet and tart flavour of apple with pungent blue cheese, caramelised onions and toasted walnuts. Makes one large pizza in a baking tray, or two smaller round pizzas.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 8 

    • Pizza dough
    • 2 teaspoons dried active baking yeast
    • 330ml lukewarm water
    • 75g wholemeal flour
    • 450 to 500g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • Pizza topping
    • 2 large red onions, thinly sliced
    • balsamic vinegar
    • 1 handful chopped walnuts
    • 125g cottage cheese
    • 250g blue cheese
    • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
    • coarse cornmeal (polenta), for dusting
    • olive oil, to taste

    Method
    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:1hr30min rising  ›  Ready in:2hr40min 

    1. In a bowl combine yeast and water and set aside for 10 minutes until foamy.
    2. Mix flours and salt and combine with the yeast and olive oil. Knead until smooth and elastic. The dough should not be too dry, it is okay if it lightly sticks to your hands. Oil a clean bowl and place the dough in it. Turn to coat the dough with oil on all sides. Cover the bowl and let rise for 1 hour.
    3. Beat down dough, form into a ball and let rise again for 30 minutes.
    4. Preheat oven to 230 C / Gas 8.
    5. Grease a baking tray then arrange the onions on top and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
    6. Roast in the oven for about 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Take out of the oven and set aside to cool.
    7. In a dry frying pan toast the walnuts until fragrant, then remove from the heat and set aside.
    8. Combine cottage cheese and blue cheese in a food processor and blend until creamy.
    9. Roll out pizza dough on a floured work surface. Sprinkle a baking tray with cornmeal as this will help prevent the pizza from sticking. Place dough onto the tin and spread cheese mixture on top. Layer with apple slices, onions and walnuts and drizzle with olive oil.
    10. Bake pizza for about 15 minutes, until the dough is crisp and golden brown. Remove from the oven then slice and serve.

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