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Sweet strawberry, basil & balsamic pizzas

  • Serves 8

Strawberry and balsamic, surprisingly, is a classic combination, so why not give this confusing flavour combination a go?

Strawberry and balsamic pizza

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Ingredients

  • Strong white bread flour 300g
  • Salt ¼ tsp
  • Caster sugar 2 tbsp
  • Fast-action dried yeast 1½ tsp
  • Butter 25g, melted
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Water ¼ pint, warm

For the topping

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Strawberries
  • Fresh basil leaves

Method

  • Step 1

    Add the flour, salt, sugar and yeast to a large mixing bowl and stir together. Add the melted butter, beaten egg and warm water and mix to a soft but not sticky dough.

  • Step 2

    Knead the dough for 5 minutes on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic. Put into a bowl and cover the top with oiled clingfilm. Leave in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

  • Step 3

    Knead the dough for a second time then cut into 8 pieces. Roll each piece out to a rough shaped circle with a diameter of about 12.5cm (5 inches) with a rolling pin then put on to 2 oiled baking sheets. Crumble a slice of cheese over each pizza then top with the strawberries and basil leaves torn into pieces. Cover loosely with oiled clingfilm and leave to rise for 15-20 minutes until beginning to puff up around the edges. Preheat the oven to 220°C, 200°C fan assisted, Gas 7.

  • Step 4

    Remove the clingfilm and drizzle the pizzas with the butter and sprinkle with the sugar. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the pizzas are golden and the bases are dry.

  • Step 5

    Drizzle with the balsamic glaze or vinegar and serve warm.

Cook’s tip
Balsamic glaze is a thicker reduced version of balsamic vinegar and sold in the supermarket alongside the other vinegars, but balsamic vinegar can be used too.

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