As you all know from reading this...I have quite the affinity for Figs. I really wanted to attempt baking something with figs before they went out of season and my friend Rebecca and I decided making a Fig Pizza was a good idea. She was going to make the Pizza that weekend and I was going to try it...but of course, I couldn't wait! Once the idea was thrown out there I couldn't stop thinking about this Pizza and had to make my own so I could get immediate fig satisfaction!
And so it began...my quest for the ultimate Fig Pizza.
Google told me that Goat cheese was a popular pairing with figs and I had never really made anything with Goat Cheese so decided that was a go. I also tend to like some kind of meat on my Pizzas so thought Prosciutto would be an interesting addition.
It turned out to be one of the best things I have ever made (and this was confirmed by people who know I'm no Martha Stewart!...not saying that I can't cook, I just never really take the time out to do so.) My friends have been asking me for this recipe ever since I made it so here it is!:
(Note: I am including the recipe for the crust as well...but to make the process easier and quicker, you can just pick up a pack of the pre-made pizza dough from Trader Joe's or your local market and follow the directions on the package.)
Here's what you need:
1 cup lukewarm water
1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
10 fresh figs
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
4 ounces goat cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F
1. If you are making your own crust:
Pour the water into a large bowl, and sprinkle yeast over the top. Let stand for a few minutes to dissolve. Mix in the oil, salt, and flour to make a dough. When the dough is too stiff to stir, turn out onto a floured surface, and knead for about 5 minutes. Place into an oiled bowl, and cover with a clean towel. Set aside to rise for about 45 minutes.
2. Place the figs into a small bowl, and pour boiling water over them. Let stand for about 4 minutes, then drain and chop. Set aside.
3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions; cook and stir until they are wilted and soft. Reduce heat to low, and season with salt. Continue to cook and stir until the onions are a dark brown, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in the thyme, fennel seed and figs, and remove from the heat.
4. Roll out the pizza dough, and stretch into a circle (or whatever shape you like...oblong makes it look more rustic!) about 1/4 inch thick. Place on a lightly greased or foiled pizza pan or baking sheet (I had a circular pizza pan so just decided to shape my dough accordingly). Brush the surface lightly with remaining olive oil.
5. Dot with half of the goat cheese then spread the onion and fig mixture over the crust.
6. Sprinkle the remaining goat cheese onto the pizza.
7. Top the pizza with small strips of Prosciutto (I always feel like I want more of the "good stuff" on my pizza and restaurants never put enough. Being that this is my pizza, my way...I didn't skimp on the toppings!) The Prosciutto bakes up so nicely and kind of caramelizes with the fig mixture...amazing!
8. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the crust has turned golden brown at the edges.
...and there you have it! Your own gourmet pizza!! My fig mission is complete!