Pizza Rustica

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on April 7, 2010

in Italian, pizza, simple recipe

There are some days when nothing but pizza will do. Sometimes, the pizza needs to be standard Chicago-style deep dish, full of lots of gooey cheese and loaded with sausage and spinach. Those days are usually full of misbehaving students, bad traffic, and fights with a stapler. Today wasn’t one of THOSE days.

Today was the kind of day where two eighth grade boys so desperately want to earn incentive “bucks” that they offered to help me out after school. These two “tough guys” sat and checked in 6th grade projects, hung up a bulletin board, and almost forgot that they’re supposed to be “cool.”

Today was a day where, even though it was pouring rain, I went to four different stores to get supplies for my love’s birthday tomorrow, and am embarking on a super-secret challenging baking project to give him the birthday cake (or pie? or cupcakes? or torte?) he deserves.

Today was a gourmet pizza kind of day. It was a super-thin-crust, topped with vegetables and fancy cheese baked in a super-hot oven pizza kind of day.

pizza rustica

I made a super simple quick-rise pizza dough with organic whole wheat flour that I’m calling 10-10-10 Dough.

* 2 1/2 c. whole wheat flour

* 1 packet yeast

* 1 c. warm water

* 2 Tbsp. olive oil

* 3/4 tsp. salt

Combine yeast, water, and salt in the bowl of a mixer. Allow to bloom about 10 minutes. Add flour and oil, and mix well with a dough hook, allowing it to knead for about 10 minutes. Remove it from the bowl and allow it to rest for (you guessed it) 10 minutes. Cut in half and stretch each piece into a thin crust atop a pan with cornmeal. Top with desired toppings and bake at 425* for about 10 minutes.

pizza rustica
pizza rustica

I cut it into 4 slices and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. I think I’ve come to the conclusion that goat cheese is among my favorite foods. I showed a lot of restraint by not eating the whole container of Chavrie in one sitting!

pizza rustica

I’m off to bake… wish me luck!

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Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly April 7, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Oh dear lord that looks amazing!
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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 7, 2010 at 6:40 PM

YUM! That looks so fabulous love. :) Good luck baking. :)
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Brandie April 7, 2010 at 6:46 PM

That’s a beautiful pizza!
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Ann @ Appalachian Appetites April 7, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Good luck! Can’t wait to see what you make!
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Christina April 7, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Oh yum Mara that looks absolutely beautiful!! Good luck w/ the baking project!!
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Gabriela (froyolover) April 7, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Holy YUUM!
I wish I had your cooking skills.. That pizza looks amazing!
Have a great night, Maya!
Brazilian XOXO´s,
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Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) April 7, 2010 at 7:04 PM

I love pizza in all ways… can do no wrong!!
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Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary April 7, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Mara! You’re making my mouth water!! That pizza looks so good. Can you teleport me a slice ? ;P I am SO jealous of your yeast bread making skills… I always end up buying whole wheat dough at Trader Joe’s. I’ve tried several times and always end up with a fail.. BOO. Try try again right? :)
Ps my fav cheese is goat too! Great minds…? hehe
Have a great night!
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coco April 7, 2010 at 7:38 PM

agree! somedays there’s nothing better than pizza! :)
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M.J. Jacobsen April 7, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Wow, every day should be a pizza day………..I have to try that goat cheese!


Mama Pea April 7, 2010 at 10:57 PM

What a gorgeous pizza and what a fun way of presenting it to us. I am just that kind of girl that would drive all around town for the right “cake” ingredients. I can’t wait to see what you make!!!
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Jenn ( April 8, 2010 at 1:12 AM

That pizza looks awesome! I love goat cheese, too. I’ve had it on pizza a few times and it’s heavenly. I actually have some that I need to use up, perhaps pizza’s on my menu this week? :) I think it’s on my menu almost every week anyway LOL.

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Jackie April 8, 2010 at 3:13 AM

That’s what the secret baking was about…

And woah- that pizza dough recipe looks AWESOME. Yea for whole wheat crust! I need to get a pizza stone again asap (broke my last one when i forgot the broiler on too long…)

Next time i suggest you try goat cheese with caramelized onions. YUM!
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Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 8, 2010 at 7:19 AM

A super fast pizza dough? This I need to try!!! :)
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Matt April 8, 2010 at 11:10 AM

That looks good!


Quix April 8, 2010 at 11:29 AM

That looks GREAT. Have fun baking! :)
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Tyler April 8, 2010 at 12:16 PM

i love homemade pizza, but i’be never tried to make my own dough before! i love your simple recipe :)


Andrea (Off Her Cork) April 8, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Girl you know I love pizza! Looks amazing! And can you believe, I have yet to try goat cheese on my pies. Crazy, I know!


glidingcalm April 8, 2010 at 7:11 PM

pizza= my love.

that looks delectable.


jo April 8, 2010 at 7:35 PM

I say bring it on .. this pizza looks so good and crispy. Just the way I like my pizzas to be.


Melissa S. April 8, 2010 at 7:39 PM

MMmm!! The pizza looks great, and like it came from a restaurant!
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Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) April 8, 2010 at 7:58 PM

I can never manage to get my crust to stay so thin. That looks so fancy and elegant. I’m jealous!
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Ashley April 9, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Fiance and I keep talking about making our own pizza dough … I’ll bookmark your recipe!!
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