Fig Pizza with Goat Cheese, Pistachios and Honey
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1¼ tsp active dry yeast
  • ¼ tsp granulated sugar
  • 190 g (about 1½ cups) bread flour (or AP, or ½ AP + ½ whole wheat)
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • olive oil
  • cornmeal (optional)
  • herbs (optional)
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 4-6 fresh figs, sliced
  • about 1 oz. fresh goat cheese
  • 2 tbsp roasted and salted pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  1. Put your warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast on top and then sprinkle the sugar on top of that. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. At the same time, turn your oven on to "warm" or 200°F for 5 minutes and then turn it off.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the flour and salt.
  4. When the yeast is done sitting for 5 minutes, add the flour mixture and mix on medium-low with a dough hook until it forms a craggy mass.
  5. Stop the mixer, scrape down the sides of the bowl and then mix again on low speed for another few minutes until the dough comes together in a smooth ball. If it seems too wet or dry, add a little more water or flour until it reaches the right consistency. It should not stick to your hands.
  6. Take the dough out of the bowl and set it aside. Put about 1 tbsp of olive oil in the bowl and swish it around the bottom. Put the dough back in the bowl and turn it a few times to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set it in the oven to rise for at least 30 minutes. (The oven should be OFF, but warm from earlier.)
  7. Spray a sheet pan with nonstick oil or rub it with olive oil. If using them, sprinkle the pan with cornmeal and herbs.
  8. When the dough is done rising, use your hands to spread it out into a rectangle on your pan to about 11x15 inches (or a circle if using a circular pan). Meanwhile, turn your oven on to 500°F.
  9. Place the spread-out dough in the oven for 4-6 minutes, or until it just starts to firm up.
  10. Take it out of the oven and then top it with the sauce, mozzarella, fresh figs and goat cheese. I like to put tiny little globs of goat cheese all over, strategically placed amongst the slices of fresh figs.
  11. Place it back in the oven to bake for 7 minutes. After the 7 minutes, broil it if necessary to get the cheese browned and bubbly.
  12. Slide the pizza off of the sheet pan and onto a large cutting board. Drizzle it with the honey (you may need to warm it slightly to make it pourable) and then top with the pistachios.
  13. Slice it and enjoy!
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