Speedy Soda Bread Pizza

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Speedy Soda Bread Pizza

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Lilly Higgins is a Cork based food writer and photographer. Author of Make Bake Love and Dream Deli, Lilly also writes for various newspapers and magazines. She loves everything to do with food and so do her two baby boys.

Ingredients

  • 1 x 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Sea Salt & black pepper
  • 25g marjoram or oregano leaves
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bread soda
  • 200ml buttermilk
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 pack Parma ham or similar air dried ham
  • 2 x balls fresh mozzarella
  • Handful of black olives
  • Potatoes

Instructions

  1. First make the tomato sauce.
  2. Simmer the chopped tomatoes in a small pan along with the garlic until reduced and thickened. Add a pinch of sugar to balance the acidity of the tomatoes and taste for seasoning. Add a few marjoram leaves and blitz roughly using a hand held blender. Don’t blitz until completely smooth as some texture is good. Leave to cool.
  3. Preheat the oven to 220C.
  4. Brush a large flat baking tray with olive oil.
  5. Sieve the flour and bread soda together into a large mixing bowl. Add a pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Finely chop half the marjoram and add to the flour.
  6. Create a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk.
  7. Use your hand shaped like a claw to draw the ingredients together in quick confident movements around the bowl. Handle as little and as lightly as possible. Once a soft dough has formed wash and dry your hands. Tip the dough onto a floured surface and gently roll into a rectangular shape as thinly as possible to fit the baking tray.
  8. Spread the tomato sauce onto the base leaving a thin border around the edges. Top with the parma ham, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and olives. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes until golden and the cheese is melted. Scatter the remaining marjoram leaves on top.
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