Monday, 3 August 2015

Butternut Squash, Goats' Cheese & Thyme Pizza

Butternut Squash, Goats' Cheese & Thyme Pizza

Mmm, pizza!  It's a popular meal choice in our household, somehow it's just so comforting.  The bread base, topped with your favourite flavours and cheese.  It's just so versatile.


As I mentioned in my post homemade pizza with feta & pesto last month, Mr E & I make our own pizza from scratch 95% of the time now.  It's so straightforward to make your own pizza base, and of course it means you know exactly what the family is eating; rather than wondering what all of those long, unpronounceable words actually are in the ingredient list.

Butternut Squash, Goats' Cheese & Thyme Pizza

Now Mr E & I are creatures of habit, I guess like a lot of people.  We often enjoy the same home made pizza; we know what we like!  However, last week we decided to change it up a bit and use some different flavours on our pizza; after all, as they say "a change is as good as a rest!"   So knowing that butternut squash and goats' cheese are a perfect marriage, we thought we'd give those flavours a whirl on our pizza.


We certainly weren't disappointed.  The sweetness was brought out of the butternut squash during the roasting process and when served with the creamy goats' cheese a beautiful flavour combination was had.  We'll certainly be using these flavours on our pizza again.

The pizza base was topped with our usual tomato sauce, scattered with a couple of handfuls of mozzarella, topped with chunks of roasted butternut squash, sprinkled with goats' cheese, and finished with a scattering of thyme leaves before baking in a hot oven.  Mmmm, yum!


As I've mentioned before, I make the pizza base in the morning and allow it to prove in the fridge during the day.  This allows me to get on with my day and assemble the pizza quickly when we're ready for our feast.  It's simply a case of remembering to remove it from the fridge about 15 minutes before you're ready to shape it thus allowing it to come to room temperature.  Should you need any tips about bread dough, have a look at my 'A Guide to Making .....Bread', it's really straightforward.  The sauce I use for my pizzas is made from a 400g can of tomatoes.  This clearly makes a LOT of sauce, but I portion it into small Tupperware containers and freeze them, simply pulling a portion out of the freezer when required.






So, let's get to it and bake.


Butternut Squash, Goats' Cheese & Thyme Pizza       Yum

Yield: 1 large pizza
Serves: 2 adults, generously
Difficulty: Easy
Freezable: N/A
Time: Dough 15 minutes, plus proving time.  Tomato sauce 15 - 20 minutes.  Baking time 10-12 minutes.

You will need:

1 large flat baking tray (ideally with no sides)
Grease proof paper

For the pizza dough

50g  Strong Wholemeal Bread Flour
160g Strong White Bread Flour
3g Easybake Yeast
3g Salt
1 tbsp. Virgin Olive Oil
125ml approx. Lukewarm water.

For the tomato Sauce (this will make sufficient for 4 or 5 pizzas) (freezable)

400g tin Tomatoes
pinch of Sugar
pinch of Salt
generous squirt of Tomato Puree
generous squirt of Garlic Puree (or 1 or 2 garlic cloves)
1-2 tsp dried Basil (or fresh)

For the topping

2 - 3 handfuls of Grated Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 Butternut Squash
70g rindless soft Goats' Cheese
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves


How to make it:


1. Roast the butternut squash.  Pre heat the oven to 220c / 200 Fan / Gas 7.  Wash the butternut squash, and using a sharp knife cut it in half just above the bulbous part.  Cut the main part of the squash into good sized chunks (you can leave the skin on, removing it after cooking) and place into an oiled roasting tin.  Place in the oven and roast for about 20 minutes.  The squash will be par-cooked at this point, but will be cooked through once the pizza is ready to serve.  Remove from the baking tray & place onto some absorbent paper to remove any excess cooking oil.  Set aside until you're ready to assemble your pizza.

2.  Meanwhile make the pizza dough.  Place the flours, salt and yeast in a good size bowl.  Combine with your hand.  Make a well in the flour.  Add the olive oil & two thirds of the water.  With your hand mix the flour into the liquid aiming to make a dough.  Add more liquid as required.  Once all the flour has been picked up with the dough and the bowl is 'clean', place the pizza dough onto the work surface.

3. Knead.  Knead the dough for about 10 minutes. 

4.  Prove the pizza dough.  Once it is smooth and stretchy place into a large clean bowl and cover with either cling film or a new (clean) shower-cap.  Place either in the fridge (if you don't require the dough for several hours) or warm place if you're looking to eat within the next hour or two.  Leave the dough until it has doubled in size.

5.  Meanwhile make the tomato sauce topping.  Place the tinned tomatoes (cutting the tomatoes up if you buy whole tomatoes, like us), sugar, salt, tomato purée, garlic purée and basil in a pan.  Stir to combine.  Place on the hob over a low to medium heat and allow to cook for about 15 to 20 minutes until the sauce has reduced by about half.  Stir regularly to avoid the mixture from sticking and burning.  You're aiming for a thick sauce.

6.  Remove the dough from the fridge.  Fifteen minutes before you're ready to assemble the pizza, remove the dough from the fridge, to bring back up to room temperature.

7.  Preheat the oven to 250C / 230 Fan / Gas 9.  Place a flat pizza tray in the oven to be heating.

8.  Start the stretch the pizza dough.  Place the pizza dough on a lightly floured work surface and knock-back. Start stretching the dough into a flat disc to form your pizza base.  It will soon start to feel as though it wants to spring back.  Leave it for a couple of minutes whilst you prepare your pizza toppings.  Gently complete stretching the dough to form the pizza base, about 28 - 30cm diameter. Remember you don't want it too thick so it's not cooked through; but not too thin so the dough tears.

9.  Transfer the pizza base.   Place the stretched pizza base onto a piece of greaseproof paper.  Slide this onto a large chopping board.  This will allow you to transfer the dressed uncooked pizza onto the heated cooking tray far more easily.

10.  Dress the pizza.  Place 3 or 4 teaspoons of the tomato sauce onto the pizza base & spread out.  Scatter on the grated mozzarella. Remove the skin from the butternut squash and place chunks onto the pizza.   Break up the goats' cheese and distribute over the pizza.  Scatter the thyme leaves over the top.

11.  Bake the pizza.  Remove the heated baking tray from the oven.  Slide the uncooked pizza from the chopping board onto the baking tray.  Place the tray back in the oven and bake for 10 - 12 minutes.  You may need to rotate the tray after about 8 minutes.

Enjoy!












 If you like this recipe post, you may also enjoy:



If you enjoy the butternut squash & goat's cheese combination, you may also like this Warm Roast Butternut Squash, Mixed Bean & Goats' Cheese Salad.






Or if pizza is more your thing, you may enjoy this Homemade Pizza with Feta Cheese & Pesto.












This recipe has been shared with:
Meatfree Mondays, hosted by Jacqueline from Tinned Tomatoes
Fabulous Foodie Fridays hosted by Lucy at Bake, Play Smile & Lauren at Create Bake Make


Cuddle Fairy CookBlogShare Link up your recipe of the week
Tasty Tuesdays on HonestMum.com








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38 comments:

  1. This looks so good. I loooove pizza for dinner but we rarely make our own. I think this combination would be awesome! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. Thank you Jasmin Charlotte x It was SO tasty, really nice and made such a lovely change from our usual one with feta & pesto. You'll have to give it a whirl even if you buy in the pizza bases rather than making your own dough.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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    2. What an inspired combination for a pizza! One to try for the kiddies - thanks #tastytuesdays

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    3. Thanks Jemma! Yes, I think given the colour and natural sweet flavours of butternut squash I would image young children being keen to eat this. And I'm sure they'd be more than happy to help with making the pizza dough! ;-)
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  2. Wow this sounds incredible! I love all of these flavours - certainly going to add this to our meals next week :) #TastyTuesdays

    Helen x

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    1. It truly was Helen, the flavours were really lovely. And the colours just made it look so cheerful! Do let me know how you get on with it.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  3. Ooh I love the sound of this! Goats cheese on a pizza is one of my favourites. Even better, the kids don't like it so I can eat it all myself! #cookblogshare

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    1. Ha-ha-ha, ;-) We use goats' cheese quite a lot in our household, but only the crumbly rindeless produce - we (or rather I cos I do the shopping) are not keen on the ones with the skin.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  4. Wow, that looks so good - I'm not a fan of goats cheese so I am thinking I'm going to try this with some ricotta instead! I really like the way your dough has wholemeal flour in it - does that make it a healthy pizza?! I'm sure it does! Rachael x

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    1. Of course it makes it healthy ;-) and it includes vegetables so that's a definate yes. Being serious, I only add the wholemeal flour because we find it gives the pizza so much more flavour than simply using all white. The ricotta sounds a great idea, I've never used that on a pizza before I shall have to give it a whirl.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela
      Angela x

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  5. I have been looking for inspiration for veggie toppings for my pizza and this sounds delicious, I'm a big fan of butternut squash but Tom won't touch it. When we have pizza though we have one each so I can have what I like then :) I will be trailing this next pizza night ;)

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    1. Ooh, do let me know how you get on with it Mands. I think Mr E would like the idea of having a pizza each ;-)
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  6. Can you believe I've never tried goats cheese and butternut squash together before. Given you've described them as a perfect marriage it sounds as though that's something I'm going to have to fix pretty quickly! #TastyTuesdays

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    1. Ooh yes do Charlotte. For us it was incredibly tasty - the roasting seemed to bring the sweetness out of the squash and it was just lovely sat alongside the slightly creamy goats' cheese.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  7. Goats cheese is definitely one of my favourite cheeses. This looks so good I really must try butternut squash and goats cheese combination! Thank you for linking up with #cookblogshare x

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    1. Isn't it just scrummy! Ooh yes, do try the two together Kirsty, we found it really lovely - I'll certainly be using this flavour combo again.
      Your welcome, and thanks for hosting & popping by,
      Angela x

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  8. Love those flavors and I bet this would be spectacular on a pizza! Thanks again for stopping by #TryaBiteTuesday and sharing your recipe! Hope to see you back again next week - off to share your recipe! :D

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    1. It certainly did Debra; we were both really pleased with how tasty it was.
      Thanks for hosting & popping by,
      Angela x

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  9. I love the sound of this, buternut squash is such a versatile ingredient!! #foodpornthursday

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    1. It is isn't it, and so yummy as well :-)
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  10. That looks amazing! Love goats cheese and love butternut squash. Will definitely have to give this a go. Pizza always goes down well here. Thanks for sharing #FoodPornThursdays

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    1. There's just something about pizza; I would make the suggestion of pizza to Mr E (hubby) for tea and he keenly gives the thumbs up in agreement! I really enjoy it too. If you try the combo on your pizza, do let me know how you get on with it.
      Thanks for popping by Sara and commenting,
      Angela x

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  11. Yum!!! We love making our own pizzas so this would be a total hit at our house. Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! Have a great weekend xx

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    1. Homemade pizzas are just so yummy aren't they.
      Thanks for hosting Lucy,
      Angela x

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  12. Love the look of these flavours. We regularly make our own pizzas so will have to keep this combo in mind.

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    1. Thank you Malinda. Yes do give the flavours a go when you have chance, it's really scrummy.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  13. I've decided I love butternut squash in everything...and this pizza is perfect! Can't wait to try it! #foodpornthursdays

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    1. Ha-ha, it's such a gorgeous flavour isn't it. Hope you give it a try Jenn.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  14. My mouth is watering at the thought of this. YUM! #foodpornthursday

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    1. :-) Hope you give it a go Sophie.
      Thanks for popping by to read,
      Angela x

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  15. Interesting flavours, I would never have thought of using butternut squash on pizza x

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    1. Thank you Cathy. My hubby and I really enjoy butternut squash so one day I decided to try it on our pizza to see what would happen. I roasted it first simply to par-cook it. We were really very pleasantly surprised by how yummy it was; and the colours were just so beautifully vibrant. It'll certainly be made again. Do let me know how you get on with it if you give it a go.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting Cathy,
      Angela x

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  16. I agree, pizza is a reliable favourite and I love your gourmet version

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    1. Gourmet? :-) Your too kind. yes, pizza is just such a popular choice, I imagine there are VERY few people who actually dislike pizza.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  17. Wow what a creative idea for pizza! I'd never thought of this! Thanks so much for linking up with #foodpornthursdays x

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    1. :-) Thank you, It was really yummy too x
      Cheers for hosting and popping by,
      Angela x

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  18. This looks delicious, such an original flavour combination! Thanks for linking up x

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    1. Thank you Vicki, it was really scrummy and very easy to make.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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