I don’t know if such a thing as French Crust Pizza already exists but I have christened this crust thus because I was trying to recreate the types of pizza crust I have in France… alas, I can’t replicate the fantastic pizza ovens they have so my attempt was doomed to fall short from the beginning. I need a pizza oven!!! This dish also goes by the name of 30 minute pizza as it takes about 30 minutes, which is delightfully quick and simple! And for a final confession, I don’t usually make this as pizza, I switch the tomato sauce for creme fraiche and have flammekueche!
So, it’s probably not french, it takes about 30 minutes to make and it’s not a pizza… any other questions?
Oh! You want to know what it tastes like? Well, the edge is delightfully crispy but no matter what I do I just can’t get the middle to crisp up due to not having the aforementioned pizza oven I think. However, it is still delicious and, frankly, easier to eat, so I’m not complaining! As I said I like to stick to flammekueche as I always have creme fraiche but rarely have even passata in the fridge. My prefered topping for anything, pizza or flammekueche is “Reine” aka ham and mushrooms! I also slice some onion and scatter that over.
50g plain flour
1tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp water
pinch of salt
– First of all, before you do anything, even get the mixing bowl out, crank up the oven to the highest temperature. If you have a pizza stone, great, get that in. If not then a baking tray will do.
– Then put all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix them together with a spoon. It should come together into a dough fairly swiftly.
– Gather the dough into a ball with your hand a knead inside the bowl a little bit. Leave to rest for 10 minutes.
– Slice your chosen toppings and get everything ready to go. (1 teeny tiny onion,2 mushrooms, a slice or 2 of ham and creme fraiche for me).
– Roll out the dough onto a sheet of baking paper. Roll it very very thin, 1mm or less.
– Spread the sauce on first (a pinch of salt works wonders too), then the toppings then grate over some cheese!
– Lift the baking paper onto the pizza stone/baking tray. I use a splatter guard as a “peel” to slide it in.
– Bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and browning and the edges of the crust are browning too.
– Slice and Serve.
Here, have a cute pic of the puppy!