Monday, September 3, 2012

everything from scratch pizza

I love to make everything from scratch. Knowing what goes into the food you make/eat is so important these days. So many times have I looked at the back of packaging and not known 9 out of 10 of the ingredients listed.

Recently, I was having a lunch with my dad and we were at this cafĂ© where their specialty was crepes. Dad was egging me on, so when I asked if it was dairy-free, the lady informed me that they pre-buy their crepes and that she would check. She started reading the list on the back to me: Energy, Fibre, Protein, Carbohydrates, Sodium. She then proudly announced that ‘nope, no dairy here’. I was stunned! She was reading out the nutritional information rather than the ingredients! I had no idea that some people may not know the difference between the ingredients and nutritional information. Not to mention that maybe everyone isn’t as much of a control freak as I am, and may not even pay attention to the ingredients of the food they are eating. It sure was an eye opener..

Anyways, to finish the story, I got my hands on the packet and read that it did in deed have dairy, so opted for a smoked salmon salad instead.

For a while now, I have been wanting to make this caramelised onion and pumpkin spelt pizza - ever since the organic food festival a couple of months back.


(8 slices)

300g pumpkin, skinned, deseeded and cubed
1 tsp olive oil

7g dried yeast
2 tsp raw sugar
2/3 c warm water

1 c wholemeal spelt flour (+ extra for kneading)
1 tblsp olive oil
pinch of salt

5 fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped
8 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tblsp water
2 tsp malt extract
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
pinch of salt

Caramelised Onions
2 large brown onions, finely sliced
1 tblsp olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar

fresh parsley to serve

Firstly, heat oven to 200 degrees.
Toss pumpkin and olive oil and place on a baking tray, in the oven for 30-40 mins.
Next, you will need to start the dough.
Whisk yeast, sugar and water in a small jug and set aside for 2 mins to activate.
Place spelt flour, oil and salt in a medium bowl.
Once the yeast is bubbly and activated, mix it into flour - knead until elastic and smooth (adding extra flour as needed).
Roll into a ball and place into a flour lined bowl. Cover and set aside to double in size (I find it helps to place the bowl above the warm oven).
Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a heavy based pan.
Simmer on medium heat until sauce-like (approximately 10-20 mins).
While you are waiting for your sauce to simmer down, add onions, oil and vinegar to a medium saucepan.
Heat on medium and toss the onions until softened and caramelised.
Remove from heat and set aside.

Ensure the oven is on the highest heat setting.
Roll out dough on a floured pizza stone or baking tray (approximately 1.5 cm thick).
Spread over the tomato sauce, then the caramelised onions.
Finally, sprinkle over the roasted pumpkin.
Place in hot oven and bake for 35 mins or until the edges start to darken.
Remove from oven, garnish with parsley and slice into 8 portions.


  1. Hi! I really enjoy reading your blog and your inspirational recipes! keep it up! :) I was just wondering, are you vegan? Why do you choose not to eat dairy? thanks

    1. Hey! Thanks for the love.. Basically I'm mostly vegan, but just add in eggs and fish. I avoid dairy because I have an intolerance to the lactose and get pretty unwell if I do eat dairy. Thanks for the question :)

  2. This looks incredible!!! Definitely one we'll have to make!