Sunny London: Strawberry, Balsamic, and Goats Cheese Pizza

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On the rare days that it is sunny in London, everyone flocks to the parks and every patch of green space possible. We decided to throw a picnic in our large (but incredibly unkempt) garden. We didn’t want to bother making lots of complicated food so of course I decided to make something really uncomplicated like a strawberry pizza (what?) that I’d seen on a food blog http://cookieandkate.com/2013/strawberry-basil-and-balsamic-pizza/.

I started making the quick dough as suggested, using this recipe: http://www.thefauxmartha.com/2011/09/26/no-rise-pizza-crust/

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There’s something incredibly therapeutic about kneading dough- perhaps because my mother makes most of our bread at home (she’s snobby about the sugar they add to bread in the states).

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I simplified Kate’s recipe by eyeballing everything and halving the dough recipe, using a waitrose purchased shortcrust just to see what it would be like as the third. A little strawberry goes a long way, so I used about a punnet of strawberries, 1/2 cup of balsamic, 2 tbsp honey,  about 4 oz goats cheese, 3 large mozzarella balls, about 2 tbsps of fresh basil.

Slice the strawberries thinly: Image

and place them on the rolled out dough. I used about one mozzarella ball per pizza and put the strawberries on top. Then crumble the goats cheese; I am a sucker for the Waitrose soft French goats cheese because the consistency is consistent (haha).Image

Bake for 25 minutes or until brown and crisp; while baking, cook down the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan on low with the honey– do this to taste: I prefer balsamic glazes tart, so I use less than 2 tbsp.

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Scatter the chopped basil and drizzle with the glaze: Image

 

Serve sliced up small with whatever other picnic fare strikes your fancy…

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