Roast butternut squash and purple sprouting broccoli pizza (with chili!)

8 Nov

Looking down at the below list of ingredients, its hard not to advise picking up the phone and calling your local woodfired pizza joint (under no circumstances – except extreme drunkeness or passing-out-level-starvation – should you consider calling any pizza proprietor who stuffs their crust).

But lo. Homemade pizza is good stuff. Must admit, not quite as great as Lupa in Crouch End, but there is something particularly comforting about a homemade pizza. Maybe something a bit fun and childish. Whatever, it’s pizza really, so it’s going to be alright, innit?

Pizza base (adapted from the Bourke Street Bakery cookbook)

  • 150g strong white flour
  • 150g strong wholemeal flour
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TBSP milk
  • 220ml water

Sauce base

  • 1/2 red onion
  • 6 small garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp crushed chilis

Pizza topping

  • 400g butternut squash
  • 6 purple sprouting broccoli stems
  • Cheese for topping (parmesan, goats, ricotta, soy cheese – even old Mr Cheddar would work)

Preheat oven to 175C.

We cheated and used the pizza setting on our bread machine for kneading. I really hate kneading. Man appears to enjoy it, but was not about for the prep (conveniently arrived in time for the consumption). I’m fairly certain you otherwise need to knead it for 3 minutes, let it rest for 10, knead for 10 and then cover with a clean towel in a warm  place. But Google it.

While dough is being made (or proving) make up the sauce by softening the onion and garlic in a pan before adding tomatoes. I like to cook this for at least 20 minutes so there is no wateriness to the sauce which could soggy-fy the pizza base.

Meanwhile, roast the pumpkin in the heating oven for about 12 minutes.

When dough’s ready top with sauce and veg.

Cook pizza for about 15 minutes. Add cheese (optional) fresh, once out of the oven.

Estimated cost: £2.90

Musical accompaniment: Still on National Public Radio’s All Songs Considered

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