Bath Leek, smoked mozzarella & thyme pizza


For the pizza dough

500g strong white bread flower

7g dry yeast or 14g fresh yeast if you can get your hands on it

2 tsp salt

2 tsp honey

a good glug of olive oil

approx 250ml water

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Once combined, dust a work surface and knead the bread until it becomes smooth and elastic. Set aside in a bowl somewhere warm and  leave to double in size.

 

For the tomato Sauce

1kg ripe tomatoes

2 cloves garlic

I made a classic pizza sauce by roasting about a kilo of tomatoes with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a hot oven until soft. I then fried an onion in some butter and added the tomatoes. Either crush or blitz in a blender and set aside.


For the Leeks

approx 500g leeks, baby if possible

The leeks I had same from the Simi kitchen allotment in central Bath. Beautiful young tender leeks.

I blanched them for about 2 minutes in salted boiling water and then cooled quickly in cold water and set aside. Once cooled I cut them into bite size pieces.  If you are using larger leeks you will need to cook them longer.

Now for the fun part…

For the Pizza

your dough…

your tomato sauce

1 ball of smoked mozzarella

fresh thyme

Turn your oven on to full!

Dust a work surface and pick off a ball of dough. Role out with a rolling pin. The key to this is to get the dough as thin as you can without splitting it.

If you have a pizza stone, great but an oiled baking tray works fine. Place the pizza gently onto your tray. You want a nice thin layer of tomato sauce, then place some of the leeks on and then grate on the smoked mozzarella. Finish with a sprinkle of fresh thyme on top.

Bake in the oven for about 5-10 mins depending on how hot your oven is.

For more on Simi check out her blog

(https://simiskitchenblog.wordpress.com/)

 

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