Fresh Tomato Pizza with Arugula and Prosciutto

Discovered the Bluffs at Ebey’s Landing this afternoon on a jog that turned into a four-hour wandering on Whidbey Island. The highlight was divining a trail through the half-plowed fields of a farm, cutting my way through bracken and clover to the sea, along the damp rocks of which I found my way home.

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Fresh Tomato Pizza  with Arugula and Prosciutto

adapted from Baking Illustrated

INGREDIENTS for the Basic Pizza Dough

1/2 cup warm water (about 110°)

1 envelope (2 1/4 tsp.) instant yeast

1 1/4 cups water, at room temperature

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 cups (22 oz.) bread flour, plus more for dusting (used all-purpose)

2 cups whole-wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp. salt

olive oil or non-stick cooking spray for greasing the bowl

For the Extras
3 medium ripe tomatoes, or lots of halved cherry tomatoes

6 ounces mozzarella, shredded

4 ounces thin-sliced prosciutto

3 cups stemmed arugula leaves, washed and dried

DIRECTIONS

  1. Measure the warm water into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup. Sprinkle in the yeast and let stand until the yeast dissolves and swells, about 5 minutes. Add the room temperature water and stir to combine.
  2. Add flour and salt to the liquid ingredients. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Form the dough into a ball, put it in a deep oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Press the dough to deflate it.
  3. Shape into smooth round ball and cover with a damp cloth. Let dough relax for at least 10 minutes (no more than 30 minutes)
  4. Brush rolled out dough round with oil. Arrange a third of the tomato slices in concentric circles over the dough, leaving a ½ inch border. Image
  5. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with 1 tsp oil.
  6. Slide on peel (covered with corn meal) onto pizza stone (which should have been heated for at least 30 minutes at 500 degrees) and bake for 6 to 10 minutes. Lay a third of the prosciutto slices over the tomatoes and sprinkle with ½ cup mozzarella. Continue baking until the cheese melts. Toss 1 cup arugula with teaspoon oil in a small bowl. Remove pizza from oven and top with arugula.
  7. Repeat with the two other rounds.

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3 thoughts on “Fresh Tomato Pizza with Arugula and Prosciutto

  1. Those are the best kinds of hikes/walks/runs, the ones that turn into wandering through uncharted (at least to you) territory! I’m so happy that you have the time and space for that during your stay.

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