Tangy-sweet and savoy Fig Prosciutto Pizza with homemade pizza crust. A family favorite great for the oven or grill!
Last summer my family tried to go gluten-free, just to see if we would feel any different. After buying all the alternate flours and binders, blending popular baking mixes, bagging, storing, and baking, I was exhausted… And a little let down, if I’m being honest.
It was amazing how much we actually missed the texture and flavor of wheat.
Yes, wheat has it’s own flavor, a mellow, earthy tone that is truly distinct. Maybe we are overly addicted to it in the USA. Maybe it is a “cheap” grain with less nutritional value, but none-the-less I like it. A lot.
After much experimentation with ingredients and contemplation, I made a decision. Since no one in my family had celiacs disease, autism, IBS, wheat allergies, or any other condition said to be effected by wheat consumption, we were going back, in moderation.
I do buy organic wheat flour to eliminate gmos and pesticides, but I don’t think I will ever give up wheat completely.
Oh, the warm yeasty smell of wheat dough filling my house as it rises and bakes. There is just nothing quite as comforting as that aroma. Let’s not overlook the matter of the yeast, lending it’s own appealing flavor.
I simply like the idea of yeast…it’s a living organism, lying in wait to activate and infiltrate whatever it is added to. It is discreetly infectious.
Our lives are this way. Surely we have all witnessed gossip or a bad attitude work it’s dark magic through a crowd. Yet I like to think of yeast’s qualities in a positive light, causing action, expansion, elevation, and enlightenment.
I often try to self-evaluate with this in mind. We are always effecting others in some way, whether we mean to or not.
Does my life’s message and my attitude promote positive motivation and inspiration in those around me? Or do I breed negativity, contempt, and apathy? There are times when this can be a hard question to ask yourself.
Back to the baking… Yeast is the best ingredient to add when trying to produce a light, airy bread product. It is a single-celled fungus that converts sugar and starch into carbon dioxide bubbles. These bubbles lift the bread and create the pores throughout it.
You shouldn’t eat raw yeast, since it will continue to grow in your digestive system and steal nutrients from your body. But once deactivated in the oven (or through pasteurization), yeast is a healthy food product. Some yeasts are even sold as nutritional supplements.
Today I’m using my beloved wheat flour and yeast to make an amazing bubbly crust for Fig Prosciutto Pizza.
Pizza dough is essentially a white bread dough with added olive oil. The oil produces a richer flavor, and denser crust with more pull when you bite it.
How you handle the dough makes a difference in texture as well. The more you knead your dough, the more “pull” you will create. This is essential for pizza crust.
The toppings for this Fig Prosciutto Pizza are a savory sweet blend of fig preserves, sliced prosciutto, fresh arugula, pine nuts, and cheeses.
They offer a salty bite with a touch of sweetness that makes this Fig Prosciutto Pizza a winner as both dinner or as an appetizer at a cocktail party.
You are going to love this!
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