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Project Food Blog Entry #5: Recipe Remix – Coming To Terms With Pizza


Oct
16

So here we are again. Round five of Project Food Blog hosted by Foodbuzz.com. Can you believe it?! Halfway into the competition and still standing. As the only Brit left I’m slightly shocked, and also incredibly grateful. Thank you for voting for me, for all your wonderful comments and emails – I’m very appreciative, as is Nom Man, who was so happy he devoured the remaining chocolate truffles and promptly fell into a sugar coma. So he’ll be absent from this post, but he said to tell you that, ahem: “NOM MAN SAY HE LOVE YOU”. So. There you go.

For this round we were told to create our own version of pizza.

So I’m a little weird. A little?! I hear you ask; yeah, okay, I’m a lot weird, but one of the weirdest things about me is that whilst I am happy to eat pretty much anything on my plate, offal, chicken feet, fish eyeballs (yes, I have been there), I… well… I don’t like pizza. I don’t know what it is about pizza that I so dislike: it’s too… bread-y? Or greasy? Or just… bland? Maybe a combination of all three. I’ve had people who have tried to convince me otherwise, have made me deep-dish, thin-crust, Italian, Chicago – baby, I’ve tried ‘em all – and the only two I’ve vaguely liked were Otto Pizza’s cornmeal crust pizzas, and a thin-crust I made with David. But still, when given a choice, I’m not going to go for the pizza. Sorry. Maybe that makes me a little insane (a little more insane), but it just ain’t my thing.

All throughout my childhood my friends would want to go to Pizza Hut for special occasions, wolfing down slice after slice of the greasy stodge, and I would forlornly pick at my slice, feeling incredibly dissatisfied and sad. Is there anything more sad than a cold, greasy slice?



Photo credit: Daniela Ceresa

So when I discovered that this task was our take on pizza of all things, a little part of me inside twisted itself up into knots and got all panicky. How on EARTH was I, a pizza-HATER, going to make my version of pizza?!

Well, my friends, I decided to create a faux-pizza, if you will. I made a dessert pizza.

If you haven’t already realised I have a slight matcha green tea obsession then this’ll convince you: I made a matcha sweet pizza dough base, topped with a raspberry sauce, white chocolate shredded “cheese”, and dark chocolate and sweet mascarpone topping. The dough is actually more of a pastry dough than a pizza one, and the matcha green tea flavour comes through beautifully, not to mention (I think perhaps my favourite aspect) it makes the dough this beautiful green colour. My friend Daniela had come over for a scheduled baking afternoon and as she observed me manhandling my green dough said: “it looks like playdough”. Er, okay, so maybe it looks a little bizarre, but hey, I like bizarre. And who else could lay claim to making green pizza dough?! That’s right. I can.



Because of the way the “toppings” are spread you get different flavours with each bite, and, best of all, you have none of that greasy stodgy feeling; and did I mention how awesome it looks when you take it out of the oven and it looks like an actual PIZZA, only it’s not?! Yeah, baby.

Even better it genuinely tasted good. The base was crispy, the toppings all complimented each other, it was just good. And so maybe I had to create my own version to get there, but I finally found a pizza I’d be happy to call my own, and surely that’s a success in itself? And if there are other pizza-haters out there, don’t be shy, come forward: t’aint nowt to be ashamed of. Not anymore, at least. Enjoy.

MATCHA PIZZA

Ingredients
For dough:
1 cup plain flour
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
2 tbsps sugar
1 tbsp matcha green tea powder
4 tbsps butter, cut into smaller pieces
1 egg yolk
2 tsps matcha green tea, whisked into 3-4 tbsps boiling water

For the toppings:
Handful of raspberries, crushed and/or pureed
Handful of white chocolate, chopped finely
Handful of dark chocolate, chopped roughly
2 tbsps mascarpone cheese
1 tbsp icing sugar

Method
1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees C.
2. Sieve the flour, baking powder, sugar and matcha powder into a bowl.
3. Use a knife to cut the butter into the flour mixture, then, using your hands, rub it in. It’s easier to do this if a) your butter is quite cold (keep it in the fridge until ready to use) and b) your hands are cold and dry!
4. Add the egg yolk and as much of the liquid green tea into the dry mixture to form a manageable dough, about the consistency of pastry.
5. Pop the whole thing in a plastic bag and into the fridge for 15 mins or the freezer for 5-10 mins.
6. Lightly flour a baking tray, remove the dough from the fridge/freezer and, on a lightly floured surface roll it out to fit your baking tray. Trim the edges as necessary. Don’t worry if it’s a little cracked – use a little cold water to smooth the cracks out if you want, but you’re going to cover it in toppings so it’s okay.
7. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 20-25 mins until the pizza base is starting to brown at the edges.
8. Meanwhile, whisk the icing sugar and mascarpone cheese together.
9. Take the pizza base out of the oven and assemble: using the back of a spoon spread the smushed raspberry over the base, then sprinkle the white chocolate on top, and finally the dark chocolate pieces. Turn the oven function to grill (or equivalent) and place the pizza back into the oven for a few minutes. Keep an eye on it – you want your dark chocolate to begin to melt and your white chocolate to begin to brown a little, you don’t want it all to burn!
10. Take out of the oven and, using a teaspoon, place blobs of the mascarpone mixture on top. Cut into slices and serve immediately! Be careful of burning your mouth in your eagerness to get it in there!

So there you have it. Hope you enjoyed! I’ll let you know when you can vote and thank you so much again for being so very wonderful! Until next time, peace and love!

Jax x

33 Responses to “Project Food Blog Entry #5: Recipe Remix – Coming To Terms With Pizza”

  1. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite Says:

    Oooh-er it’s very festive! What a fabulous twist. Good luck – start packing your cooler!!!

  2. Tunde Says:

    You had me at desert pizza !! It looks so scrumptious and like pizza.So goal achieved,you could add it to your catering selections :D. Got my vote

  3. catty Says:

    DUDE you had me at matcha. ok and raspberry. and white chocolate. AND PIZZA. Congrats on coming this far! Go, you!

  4. Mara @ What's For Dinner? Says:

    Oh my dear, this is LOVELY!!! Congrats on getting this far, and I think you’ve got it in the bag…this looks AMAZING!

  5. sophia Says:

    You…You MIND-READER!!!! If I advanced, I was planning to do a green tea crust too! But with a bit of mochi flour and toasted black sesame seeds, and the topping will be sweet + savory.
    Nom Man is so lucky to have so many great om nomnoms!!

  6. January Says:

    hurray jaxies! :) congrats on your delicious pizza!

  7. chanel11 Says:

    I actually don’t mind myself a slice of cheesy pizza, but this sweet one is definitely more up my alley

  8. Wei-Wei Says:

    Wow, it actually does look like real pizza – LOVE LOVE LOVE it. You’re so creative! I love Nom Man by the way. And your blog in general. :D

  9. Monet Says:

    This is so creative, beautiful and delicious! You are such an award worthy writer and cook. I know you are going to continue to excel in this competition! I love green matcha powder, and I’ve found yet another recipe to use it in. And thank you so much for all your kind words on my blog…your thoughts are so appreciated.

  10. Milla Says:

    Surprised! Happily surprised. How did you come up with such a fabulous idea? I can imagine serving this to friends with a glass of champagne and love.

    Thank you for yet another fabulous idea. You’re truly an amazing chef and you really deserve to go through to the next round.

    x

  11. Chef Dennis Says:

    congrats on making it into the next round of the fb challenge my friend!! You know you have my vote!
    what a great take on pizza! Your dessert pizza sounds delicious, I see that matcha showing up a lot, maybe we should combine our two obsessions!

  12. Nomnom Mama Says:

    I knew I had a weird baby, but you turned out weirder than I expected!
    Weird pizza looks good though – wanna taste it! Well done thus far!

  13. Ashley Says:

    I love matcha green tea too…always get it in smoothie or ice cream form. MMMMMM….so I would love this pizza!!! And Mascarpone cheese….SO GOOD.

    You’re really the only Brit left?? WOW…it’s cause you are bad ass, generous, inventive and completely wonderful. YOU DESERVE IT.

  14. Mishkin Says:

    YUM. Your food is so inspiring lovely! xx

  15. sippitysup Says:

    Perfect solution! Especially for that rare member of the pizza hating society. Last Brit standing… GREG

  16. Jacob's Kitchen Says:

    Deliciously inspired as always, my dear. I love that matcha is all the rage right now. It is always such a treat. And this pizza looks just incredible. I want three slices right now. I voted for you, of course.

    best of luck to you, my friend. Hope to see us both in round 6!!! Fingers crossed. =)

  17. Vanessa Says:

    Yum!!! As not the biggest advocate of pizza myself (although one step ahead of you as I do enjoy it from time-to-time, but not a lot!!!) I totally appreciate this new invention! I will definitely be trying out your pizza soon!!!

    Well done!

  18. Lisa~Korean American Mommy Says:

    At first glance I thought it was a savory pizza. But I love the idea of this! Voted.

  19. Brie Says:

    great idea! looks both pretty and delicious. you’ve got my vote – good luck!

  20. Amy Says:

    Love it! I too have an obsession with matcha, and with raspberries, looks divine!

  21. Duchess Says:

    So clever and so very wonderful looking. Wish I had been there to help devour!

  22. Jackie Says:

    Thanks for all of your lovely comments, guys!

    Catty – I KNEW you’d be down with this one! In fact, as I was making it I was thinking of you… not at all in a creepy way, though…

    Sophia – great minds think alike, hungry minds think of Nom Man ;)

    Dennis – HA, I don’t think the world is ready for matcha zucchini blossoms, my friend… not yet… we shall discuss this when I’m on your side of the pond!

    And everybody else, I love you. You can count on me to have your food babies :D

    Jax x

  23. Reeni Says:

    It is eerie how we’ve been on the same wavelength for the past few challenges! We’d be BFF’s if we knew each other in ‘real’ life – of that I’m certain! I love this, especially that oozing white chocolate. Every time I eat green tea ice cream I wish someone would make one with white chocolate in it. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and bitter. This rocks! I wish you the very best for this round – I’m behind you 100%! xoxo

  24. Marie (FoodNouveau) Says:

    You score so many point for thinking outside the box! Wow the matcha crust is beautiful, happy you put up the recipe for it. I have a big jar of matcha tea and want to experiment as much as possible with it! Your idea is perfect – and now that I know you’re matcha-obsessed, I’ll explore your blog to find more ideas! I love the white chocolate shredded cheese. I’m sure this was divine. Good luck!

  25. Winnie Says:

    I really love your blog and look forward to each new entry for this competition. Really glad to have found you through PBF ;)

  26. Mariko Says:

    How can you hate pizza??? :) That’s ok. It resulted in an awesome dessert pizza. I also really like the chocolate “shredded cheese.”

  27. Amelia from Z Tasty Life Says:

    very creative, with the faux sauce and faux cheese!!!

  28. Foododelmundo Says:

    So glad you found a way to like pizza, even if you had to create it yourself. That crust looks simply to die for! Sending a vote your direction and hoping we both get a chance to use our super-cool PFB coolers! -Katy

  29. Jun Belen Says:

    The red raspberries look soooooo cool (and tasty I’m sure) on top of your green matcha pizza crust!! Love love your creativity!!!

  30. Marisa Says:

    Now this is innovative! Loving how colourful it looks, and of course those globs of melted chocolate looks just divine.

  31. Dana Says:

    Mmm I love a good dessert pizza… yum!

  32. Jackie Says:

    To everybody who commented and voted, thank you all so much! I’m incredibly appreciative =) Round 6 entry up, voting will be live from Monday!

    Jax x

  33. Guest Post: I Am A Feeder | Not Just Another Milla Says:

    [...] about making this one.  I ‘met’ Jackie on Twitter when she mentioned a recipe for a matcha pizza she was preparing for round five of Project Food Blog (she got to round 8, don’t ya know!) [...]

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