Spelt base pizza with blackberries, gorgonzola, kale and walnuts

19 September 2017 by
First published: 11 October 2017

Spelt base pizza with blackberries, gorgonzola, kale and walnuts

Experiment in the kitchen with this spelt base pizza with blackberries, gorgonzola, kale and walnuts recipe. Pizza lovers, this one’s for you!

Serves 2-4


For the Biga

75g spelt flour

75g plain white flour

1/2tsp fast action yeast

1/2tsp sugar

For the final dough

150g spelt flour

125g wholemeal flour

1tsp fast action yeast

2tbsp olive oil

For the topping

50g Driscoll’s Sweet Blackberries

1 garlic clove, crushed

75g crème fraîche

50g soft gorgonzola, plus extra for crumbling over

1/2 red onion, sliced

2tbsp extra virgin olive oil

A handful of walnuts

100g kale or chicory – I like to use the frilly green and purple, stems removed

2 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked


Make the biga the night before. In a bowl, combine the two flours, yeast and sugar. Slowly add 150 millilitres lukewarm water, stirring to create a thick batter-like dough. Cover with a plastic carrier bag or dry tea towel and leave in a warm place overnight.

For the second stage, add the flours, yeast and olive oil along with 1 teaspoon of salt to the biga, then gradually mix in enough water to make a soft wet dough that still holds its shape (we used around 200ml-220ml water). Cover and leave to rise for two to four hours or until tripled in size, being careful that it doesn’t over prove and collapse on itself.

Once the dough has risen, knock it back in the bowl then tip out onto a heavily floured surface. Knead in the flour until the dough stops sticking to your hands, it should be very soft and springy, but not so wet that it sticks to the surface. Divide into two balls (freeze one to use later) use the other to make either 2 small or one large pizza rolled out with a floured rolling pin to approx. 1 centimetre thick. Heat the oven to 210°C/190°C fan/gas mark 6 1/2. Transfer the base to an oiled baking sheet. Prove this for a further five minutes while you get the topping ready

Beat the crème fraîche, garlic and gorgonzola together to make the base. Spread it across the pizza dough. Toss the kale and red onion in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. Add this to the top of the pizza base along with the blackberries, extra gorgonzola and walnuts, drizzle with olive oil and season with thyme. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the base is puffed and golden.

Recipe courtesy of Driscoll’s

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