Macadamias aren’t just for biscuits and cakes because their buttery flavour makes them a versatile choice. In the following recipe, the focus is on the macadamia nut, from the oil to the topping you won’t be disappointed.
Remember, the best pizzas are made from scratch, starting with the dough. Making your own dough isn’t as difficult as you think, you just need to give yourself enough time to prep.
Why not add a Mediterranean twist to your next pizza night?
Mediterranean Vegetable and Macadamia Pizza
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 sachet dried yeast
pinch of caster sugar
4 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup macadamia oil, plus extra for brushing
300g semi-dried tomatoes
2 tablespoons macadamia oil
1 1/4 cups unsalted macadamias
2 teaspoons chopped rosemary
1-2 tablespoons of the semi-dried tomato oil
macadamia oil for brushing
2/3 cup macadamia pesto
2 large red capsicums, roasted, skin removed and cut into strips
1 large eggplant, trimmed, cut into 5mm-thick slices
2 zucchini, trimmed, thinly sliced lengthways
1/2 cup unsalted macadamias
80g rocket leaves
pepper, for seasoning
To make the pizza dough
Combine the water, yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes or until foamy. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture and oil. Use a round-bladed knife in a cutting motion to mix until combined. Use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Brush a bowl with oil. Add dough. Turn to coat.
Cover with a damp tea towel. Set aside in a warm place for 30 minutes or until dough doubles in size. Punch down dough with your fist.
Knead for 30 seconds or until dough is its original size. Split the dough into quarters. Cover 3 portions with a damp tea towel. Roll out the other portion to 30cm long and 10-12cm wide.
Use your fingers to press the base, avoiding the edge, to make indents. This stops it from rising in the centre. Repeat with the remaining dough.
To make the pesto
Place the semi-dried tomatoes and macadamia oil in a blender and process until smooth. Add macadamias, chopped rosemary and semi-dried tomato oil – start with 1 tablespoon first then if still dry add 1 more.
Pulse until the macadamias are chopped roughly and a pesto consistency is achieved.
To assemble the pizza
Preheat a chargrill on high heat. Lightly brush eggplant and zucchini with macadamia oil.
Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until tender.
Preheat oven to 220°C fan-forced. Place pizza bases on baking trays. Spread a thin layer of pesto over each.
Top with grilled vegetables and capsicum.
Tear the bocconcini into small pieces and place them on top of the vegetables.
Place the pizzas into the pre-heated oven and bake for 7-10 minutes. Add the macadamias and cook for a further 3-5 minutes or until the bases are crisp.
Remove to a board, slice. Top with rocket and season with pepper. Serve.
TIP: Add roast pumpkin to your topping for an extra flavour boost.
Recipe courtesy of Australian Macadamias
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