Zucchini Flower Pizza

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr (includes rising times)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 small pizzas
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Ingredients

Pizza Dough:

One 1/4-ounce package active dry yeast

1/2 cup lukewarm water (approximately 80 degrees F)

4 cups bread flour

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing

All-purpose flour, for dusting 

Toppings:

2 cups ricotta

1 medium white onion, sliced 

24 squash blossoms, stems and pistils removed 

Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes 

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Special equipment:
a pizza peel; a wood-burning pizza oven, optional; a pizza stone, optional
  1. Four hours before cooking, heat a wood-burning pizza oven. Alternately, heat a pizza stone in a 500 degree F oven for 1 hour.
  2. For the pizza dough: In a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the yeast, lukewarm water, and 1/2 cup of the bread flour. Mix well and let sit for 30 minutes, or until bubbly like foamy beer.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the remaining 3 1/2 cups bread flour and the salt until evenly combined.
  4. Add 3/4 cup cold water and the olive oil to the yeast mixture. Turn on the mixer and begin adding the flour mixture in increments, then mix for 5 minutes, until the dough starts creeping up the dough hook and detaching from the sides of the bowl.
  5. Grease a large bowl with oil and transfer the dough to the bowl. Turn the dough to coat its surface with oil. Cover the bowl loosely with a tea towel. Let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours. Punch the dough down, then let rise another 1 hour.
  6. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and form into discs. Sprinkle some all-purpose flour on your pizza peel. Using a rolling pin, stretch 1 piece of the dough to a very thin 10-inch round.
  7. For the toppings: Lightly dress the dough with about 1/2 cup ricotta. Top with 1/4 of the onion and 6 squash blossoms, leaving a 1-inch border for the crust. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
  8. Place the pizza on the oven floor and cook until the cheese is just melted and the dough is done, about 3 minutes. (If using a home oven with a pizza stone, increase the baking time by 2 minutes.)
  9. Remove the pizza and drizzle with some more olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Repeat with the remaining 3 dough balls and ingredients.