My new year started with little difficulties, yes I was sick with flu the whole time last week, I had upwards of 103 °F fever for two days, and hit the 105 F for a brief period. I also suffered through very bad backache and headache. On one of the days I fainted and hit my head resulting in a hole in the wall and wound in the forehead. I even told hubby that I am going to faint, and before he could help me, I fell down unconscious. Yes this Flu is a real bad one; it makes your body very weak. Trust me the taste buds stops working. But then again I wanted to do something to try to get better, for the 15th of the month for “Baking Partners Challenge” I needed to bake either a New Year’s pizza or pizza sfincione or a New Year pretzels. Finally I started feeling better the last weekend and made this pizza as my kids love pizza.
This month’s “Baking Partners Challenge” was suggested by Sweatha of Tasty curry leaf. Pizza sfincione or Sicilian newyear’s pizza is different from the regular pizza. It has sauce made with onions and mushroom and tomato and then topped with Caciocavallo cheese.It also have anchovies. Caciocavallo is a sheep’s milk cheese from Sicily. If you can’t find it, use Parmigiano-Reggiano. I used havarti cheese as I had it in my hand. Also it tastes similar to Parmigiano-Reggiano. Then finally pizza is topped with bread crumbs. My little girl also helped me with the topping.
The recipe I used is from King Arthur flour, first I made the pizza dough with yeast. Since I don’t have the pizza dough enhancer in my hand, I made a homemade one with dry parmesan cheese, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Once the dough doubled in volume, it is spread it into a rectangle. While the dough is doubling in volume made the sauce using onion, mushroom and tomato. I didn’t use canned tomato. I think fresh is always best. Then topped the pizza with sauce and then grated havarti cheese and little mozzarella about a tablespoon. Then spread it with panko bread crumbs. I reduce the amount of bread crumbs from the original recipe.
Baked at 425 °F for 30 minutes, pizza Sfincione is really delicious, crispy; they taste great when it is really warm.
Give it try; you can reduce the amount of breadcrumbs if you don’t like it. Add a little amount otherwise this will be normal pizza not pizza sfincione. Here comes the recipe. If you are interested to bake with us next month shoot an e-mail and also take a look other baking partner’s creations.
This is Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.