In celebration of July Fourth, I am posting my FIRST post on this brand new blog. Brand spanking new! Just like our country back in 1776! So now my blog and the United States will share a birthday.
But like our country, this blog and more importantly PIZZA, were in the works for a while before their big “debut” day. I’ve been working with pizza for about 10 years now. I have written pizza recipes and books (yes, plural!), styled and photographed pizza, scoured multiple countries for the best version of it, taught pizza cooking classes, and even launched my own mobile pizza cooking school. It’s been a whirlwind. Today, I am taking all that information online, on this blog, and delivering it to you.
Consider me your pizza therapist. I am here to help you with your pizza problems. Let’s talk through them. I’m listening. But MORE than that, I’d like to help your whole family. Little ones? I know they like pizza. And I think they’d really love to make it, too. I’m going to load this blog up with kid-friendly pizza recipes, tips and activities. So gather the family around the screen and let’s get cooking!
First up is a really fun recipe for the July 4th holiday and for kids. This Mixed Berry Pizza is perfect for breakfast or dessert. For kids, it’s especially fun to make patterns with the berries. Here’s a “Z” for “Zaza”:
It’s also a great way to get your kids to eat some more fruit. Feel free to add in other berries like cherries or blackberries. Sky’s the limit! I like using ricotta cheese in this recipe instead of mascarpone. It makes for a slightly LESS sweet pie, but the choice is yours. Now let’s fire up those ovens and those sparklers (if they’re legal in your neck of the woods, that is).
a pizza my heart,
This pizza features fresh summer berries, and a classic red, white and blue arrangement to make it every bit a celebration for July 4th and your taste buds!
1 recipe simple pizza dough
1 quart fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 quart fresh blueberries
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 lb fresh ricotta cheese
Make the dough ahead of time and have it ready to go. Alternately, make sure your store-bought dough is defrosted and at room temperature.
Preheat your oven to 500°F.
If using a pizza stone, allow the stone to heat in the oven for 30 minutes before baking on it. *
Stretch out your dough on a pizza peel dusted with flour.
Spread a thin layer of ricotta cheese on top of the dough. Place strawberries and blueberries on top of the cheese in any pattern you desire. Have fun with it!
Sprinkle with sea salt and drizzle with a little olive oil.
Slide your pizza into the oven and onto the peel and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and the crust is golden brown.
Remove from the oven and garnish with confectioner’s sugar. Serve immediately! Cue the fireworks in your tastebuds!
*If you’re not using a pizza stone, you can stretch your dough onto a baking sheet. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and drizzle with a little olive oil. There’s no need to preheat the baking sheet.
Optional Garnish: a sprinkling confectioner’s sugar add a welcome sweetness to the finished pie!
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