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Pesto Ricotta Pizza Bites



Pizzettas are little appetizers made with pizza dough and various toppings. This is a great appetizer for a buffet party of afternoon snack. The little pizza bites are even good at room temperature, but you can keep them on a warming tray if you'd like to keep the cheese soft and melted.

We love using mozzarella on pizza. Mozzarella is cows milk and it melts just as well. 

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Pesto Ricotta Pizza Bites
Recipe

MAKES: 20
COOKS IN: 30 minutes plus rising time
DIFFICULTY: Moderate

Ingredients

FOR THE DOUGH

  • 100 g plain flour
  • 100 g corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 130 - 150 ml warm water

FOR THE TOPPING

  • 100 g fresh ricotta
  • 3 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 50 g sliced pancetta

Preparation

  1. Combine the flours, salt, sugar and dry yeast in a medium bowl and then make a well in the centre of the mixture.

  2. Pour in the lukewarm water, stir then use your hands to bring the mixture together to form a soft dough. You may need more or less water depending on the flours.

  3. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 2 - 3 minutes - until the dough feels smooth. Shape into a ball, place in a bowl, cover and set aside in a warm place until doubled in size (around 30 - 40 minutes).

  4. Take the dough and using a rolling pin roll gently it on a lightly floured surface. Cut in small circles place them onto a baking tray covered with baking paper.

  5. Brush the top of each piece with olive oil, spread some ricotta cheese and basil pesto. Bake in the oven preheated to 175°C  for about 10 - 12 minutes or until dough is crisp and golden. Finish with grating of black pepper. Serve immediately!


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