Fig, caramelised onion and goat cheese pizza

    1 hour 18 min

    This is an impressive nibble or starter. A homemade pizza base is topped with sweet caramelised onions, figs and tangy goat cheese. Experiment with different herbs if desired.

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    Serves: 4 

    • Base
    • 250ml (8 fl oz) lukewarm water
    • 1 tablespoon dried active baking yeast
    • 375g (13 oz) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • Topping
    • 8 dried figs
    • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • pinch salt
    • small handful chopped fresh thyme
    • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
    • 125g (4 oz) goat cheese
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed

    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:18min  ›  Ready in:1hr18min 

    1. Pour the water into a large bowl and sprinkle yeast over the top. Let stand for a few minutes to dissolve. Mix in the oil, salt and flour to make pizza base dough. When the dough is too stiff to stir, turn out onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes. Place into an oiled bowl and cover with a clean towel. Set aside to rise for about 45 minutes.
    2. Place the figs into a small bowl and pour boiling water over them. Let stand for about 10 minutes, then drain and chop. Set aside.
    3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onions; cook and stir until they are translucent and soft. Reduce heat to low and season with salt. Continue to cook and stir until the onions are a dark brown, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in the thyme, fennel seed and figs, and remove from the heat.
    4. Preheat the oven to 220 C / Gas mark 7. Punch down the dough and stretch into a circle about 5mm thick. Place on a lightly greased pizza tin or baking tray. Brush the surface lightly with remaining olive oil. Spread the onion and fig mixture over the base. It will be sparse, but there will be plenty of flavour. Dot with pieces of goat cheese.
    5. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the base has turned golden brown at the edges.

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    Reviews in English (38)


    Very tastey. I'd recommend blending the oil olive into the goat cheese, and then spreading it on the crust. Then press the onions, seeds, and thinly sliced figs into the cheese before you bake. Otherwise, the toppings tend to fall off when you try to eat it. Just increase the cheese and oil until it's moist enough for you.  -  16 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Note from the recipe writer: This is meant to be a dry cocktail pizza. However, if you prefer a wetter one, try mixing a bit of ricotta cheese with olive oil, then spread on crust before adding the other indredients. It's very good and a bit mellower than the original. I'm giving 5 stars to the amended version--it's my friend Lori's innovation.  -  09 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Used a ready-made pizza crust and fresh figs instead of dried. Outstanding recipe! I did reduce the fennel a tad because I don't care for it that much. Went great with a bottle of cab.  -  07 Apr 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)