Making a flatbread seems complicated, but it’s really not so bad. Just use your favorite pizza crust recipe, here is the one I usually use or buy a store bought one. Pizza dough is generally a bit more soft and sticky than bread dough, so to get around that I knead it and then roll it in oil before I stretch the dough out and flatten it, that way it doesn’t stick all over my hands, the surface, etc.
The second time I made this I was making sourdough bread at the same time, so I threw in some sourdough starter and let it sit in the fridge for awhile, which lead to a nice sourdough taste!
Pear and Garam Masala Flatbread
- 1 pizza crust recipe of your choice or store-bought
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2-3 tsp. garam masala to taste
- 1 pear sliced
- 1/2 onion- vegan mozzarella-style cheese of choice or make your own
- salt to taste
- Preheat your oven to 400ºF (200ºC).
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (I also sprinkle some fine cornmeal or semolina on the parchment paper to further prevent sticking, but that's up to you).
- Prepare your pizza crust or take your store bought one out of the fridge. Let it rest for 5 minutes before shaping. You might want to roll it around in a little bit of olive oil first to make it easier to handle.
- For a personal pizza, I use a ball about the size of my fist. The rest of the dough I stored in the fridge in plastic wrap for the next day. My trick is to make a circular ball then stretch it over the rim of a medium-sized bowl. Once it's stretched over the bowl you can pull out the sides a bit more, then pick it up off the bowl and transfer it to the parchment paper. You want it to be thin, less than a 1/4 an inch. You might think then it won't hold the toppings, but once it cooks it will rise a bit, get crispy and be fine.
- In a small bowl or cup combine the olive oil and garlic, then brush over the crust.
- Sprinkle the whole crust with a good amount of garam masala, cover with the pear slices, some onions, a bit of salt and then the vegan cheese.
- Bake in the oven on the middle shelf for 15 minute. You might want to move it up to the top shelf the last 5 minutes if your cheese isn't melting.
- When the crust has browned and the cheese is melty, you're done!
Here is a bad dark picture of my pizza pre-cheese:
Remove from the oven and let sit a few minutes to cool. Cut. Eat. Enjoy!
Seriously…pear, garam masala and vegan mozzarella is a seriously winning combination.
What are the weirdest things you’ve ever combined on a pizza?!