Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Pizza Pie ...con Amore

cherry tomatoes
You know what I love about tomatoes? That each different quality has a different taste and a different texture.  You can eat tomatoes everyday but feel that you are eating something different each time. Take these cherry tomatoes for instance, they are tiny, juicy and not too sweet, slightly sour and perfect raw in a salad or next to some bufala mozzarella. Typically every tomato is sweet and sour but the balance in sweetness and sourness varies in each and that is exactly what makes them so delicious and versatile. 
cherry tomatoes
These same cherry tomatoes cooked whole in an oven at a low temperature, with some salt and olive oil will work their way to build a dense jam-like pulp intensifying the sweetness and reducing the sourness.  Now...imagine them scattered on a thick pizza dough with a generous amount of salt, some good olive oil and fresh basil.  Those little tomatoes become candies and that sweetness on pizza is just mouthwatering.  I hope the photo speaks for itself because I can't find any other words that define such deliciousness.

I prepared this, on a late Sunday afternoon, in 2 hours (including the dough rise and cooking time), after a day at the beach...tired...starving and craving for something that would satisfy my (our) appetite. That sort of craving you don't exactly know what you want but you know it needs to be good? ...and that's how the cherry tomato pizza-pie was born at my house.  


There is no real recipe here, all you need is pizza dough ( I used a basic bread dough recipecherry tomatoes, salt, extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil.  Place the dough in a greased round tin, press the tomatoes and basil in the dough and let it rise for 1 hour, drizzle with olive oil, salt and bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. The amount of dough may vary depending on the tin, use enough to result 2 cm high and 4 cm when rised.  Add lots of cherry tomatoes as possible, that's where all the flavor comes from.  Once the pizza is baked, drizzle more oil and sprinkle more salt.  


  1. complimenti di vero cuore , il tuo blog e' stupendo e le ricette fantastiche ,tutte da provare ....da oggi ti seguo con molto piacere....felice giornata.

    1. Ciao Maria, grazie. Fa sempre un gran piacere ricevere dei bei complimenti. A presto!

  2. It looks extremely good and really tempting! A great summer pie.