Here I am late again! I intended on posting these on Thursday or Friday last week but I did not get chance too. However, who says Valentines Day is the only time you can cook a heart shaped item for your loved one. What about the rest of the year? As I mentioned in my previous Valentines post, I think cooking food for someone is a sign of affection anyway whether it is heart shaped or not and although you could just make a normal large pizza to share, these mini love heart pizzas are more like little snacks that you could enjoy while watching your favourite film or TV programme together. You do not need to make them heart shaped either. I am sure Thomas and Daniel would love these if they were car or train shaped so just use whatever cutters you have that suit the lucky person or people that you are cooking for. You have might have to adjust the cooking time slightly depending on the size of cutter that you use so just keep an eye on them.
My Mini Love Heart Pizzas are actually mini meat feast pizzas courtesy of Jamonprive who sent me a selection of their gorgeous cured meats to try. They sent me a pack of sliced grass-fed Iberian chrorizo Revisan Ibéricos, a pack of sliced acorn-fed Iberian chorizo Ibéricos Dehesa Casablanca and a pack of sliced acorn-fed Iberian shoulder Ibéricos Dehesa Casablanca. I love chorizo anyway and these were both excellent examples, however my favourite was the acorn fed chorizo as it completely melted in the mouth. I loved the acorn fed Iberian shoulder slices as well. I am not usually one for much fat but this was delicious. As the pizzas are very small, a little meat goes a long way and as these are so full of flavour, you can get away with using small amounts. Shipping costs are slightly expensive but if you want traditional Spanish cured meats straight from the source, by from flying there yourself to get some, this seems the best way to do it and I will be ordering more from them soon.
- 250ml water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (and extra for rolling out)
- 450g strong white bread flour (and extra for rolling out)
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 7g easy blend dried yeast
- 100g tomato & herb pasta sauce
- Various toppings of your choice (cured meats, cheese, vegetables etc)
- In a breadmaker, add in all the pizza dough ingredients and follow the instructions in the manufacturer's handbook for your machine. (Mine has a pizza dough setting)
- If not using a breadmaker, put all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl, except for your toppings (obvious I know) and ¾ of the water and mix it together with your hands. Add the rest of the water if required (you probably will) and continue mixing until you have some sort of ball of dough forming and all the flour has been mixed in. The dough should be slightly sticky. Put some flour on a work surface and tip the dough ball out. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until you have a smooth ball. You should be able to poke the dough with your finger and it should bounce back. Pour a small amount of olive oil in the bottom of the mixing bowl and roll the dough around in the olive oil to prevent it sticking to the bowl while it proves and cover the bowl with a damp tea towel or cling film and leave in warm place for an hour.
- Once the dough has risen either in the breadmaker or not, place some cling film on your work surface and coat with a thin layer of olive oil, place the dough on the oiled cling film and roll out until ½cm thick. You may need flour on your rolling pin or dough to prevent it from sticking.
- When rolled, using a heart cutter or another of your choice, cut out the shapes and then place on a oiled baking tray or a non-stick baking mat. Keep rolling out the dough until you have none left.
- Add a teaspoon of tomato sauce on each pizza and cover with a little of your chosen toppings.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 5-8 minutes until golden brown.
- Serve warm or allow to cool and use in picnics or lunchboxes
I was sent a selection of meats to review from Jamonprive. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review
For more pizza ideas, see my fellow food blogger’s posts here: