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Lebanese Pizza

Recipe from: 10/1/2006 12:00:00 AM

Ingredients 12
Servings 2
Time 60


  • 250
    For the dough: plain flour
  • 0.50
    bicarbonate of soda
  • 1
  • 1
    extra-virgin olive oil
  • 170
  • 400
    For the pizza: butternut, cut into2cm x 2cm cubes
  • 2
    olive oil
  • 5
    sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
  • 200
    labneh* or creamy feta
  • 2
    long red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 100
    To Serve: pomegranate molasses**
  • 100
    wild rocket tossed with a little extra-virgin olive oil


1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.

2. Toss the butternut with the olive oil, salt and pepper, spread out in a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.

3. Combine the pizza ingredients in a food processor and process briefly.

4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until it becomes smooth and elastic.

5. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean dishtowel and leave to rest for 30 minutes.

6. Once the butternut is done, slide a heavy baking tray into the middle of the oven and increase heat to 250°C.

7. Oil two standard lightweight baking sheets and divide the dough in two. Roll out each piece of dough into an oval shape about 40cm long and 20cm wide. Trim the edges to make a perfect oval if you like. Then cut a small indent out of each end.

8. Place each base onto a baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Arrange the butternut onto each base, dot with labneh or feta and sprinkle over the chilli. Fold the edges over the filling and 'tie' or fold over the two pieces on each end to make bow shapes.

9. Place the baking sheet onto the heavy baking tray and bake for 10?15 minutes or until the pizza is crisp and golden brown. [Repeat with the second one.]

10. Drizzle pomegranate molasses over the pizzas, top with the rocket and serve immediately.

*A Lebanese yogurt cheese.

**Pomegranate molasses is a thick, sweet-sour syrup made by reducing the juice of pomegranates. Its flavour is often likened to tamarind.

Makes 2 X 30cm-long oval pizzas.


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