Sicilian pizza (sfincione)

Sicilian pizza (sfincione)

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Prep: 1 hr, 25 mins Cook: 35 mins

Easy

Serves 6
Deep pan pizzas came to America via Sicily - this thick flavoured bread is topped with sausages, breadcrumbs and ricotta

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze sauce only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal470
  • fat20g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre2g
  • protein20g
  • salt2g
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Ingredients

For the dough

  • 2 x 7g sachets fast-action dried yeast
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 200ml warm water
  • 375g strong white bread flour

    Flour

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    Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

For the topping

  • 2 pork sausage, preferably fennel-flavoured, skins removed then crumbled
  • 4 tbsp good-quality tomato sauce
  • 4 tbsp ricotta

    Ricotta

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    Ricotta is an Italian curd cheese. Made from whey, it is traditionally a by-product of making…

  • 6 slices provolone cheese, cubed
  • 2 tbsp dried breadcrumb
  • drizzle of olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

Method

  1. First, make the dough. Mix the yeast and sugar with the warm water. Place the flour and salt in a mixer with a dough hook, or in a bowl, make a well in the middle and pour in the liquid and oil. Mix by hand for 10 mins or 5 mins in the mixer, until dough is silky. Tip into a well-oiled bowl, cover with a cloth and place somewhere warm for about 40 mins or until doubled in size.

  2. Tip the dough onto a work surface and knead for 2 mins, knocking out any air pockets. The dough should be soft but not too elastic.

  3. Dust a 25 x 16cm baking tray with a little flour and place the dough in the centre. Using the palms of your hands and tips of your fingers, push the dough to the edges of the tray. Leave it for 30 mins to rise. While the dough is rising, fry the sausage in a dry pan until crumbly.

  4. Heat oven to 230C/210C fan/gas 8. Spread the tomato sauce over the base, followed by the sausage, ricotta, provolone and dried breadcrumbs. Finally, drizzle with olive oil. Put in the oven for 5 mins, then turn down the heat and cook at 200C/180C fan/gas 6 for 20-25 mins, until golden brown. Leave to cool slightly, then cut into 6 chunks and serve.

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Comments (1)

rdsparrow's picture

I left this to rise for two hours. I also used chili oil and mixed 1/2 tsp of chili flakes to give the dough flavour. It's a bit bland and chewy without it.

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