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preserved lemon pizza

Sweet preserved lemons on a pizza? Yes, please.

Preserved Lemon Pizza


I always fancy pizza on cold, winter nights. When I first learned how to make dough, I couldn’t believe how simple it was. The first time I made it, it was a little too thick and yeasty but the below recipe has worked for me every time. The below recipe for dough makes enough for three pizzas.


500g of type 00 pizza flour (or strong flour)

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of Dove’s Farm Quick Yeast (about 12g)

300ml of warm water

5 mushrooms

1 clove of garlic

1 tablespoon of olive oil

3 tablespoons of ricotta

2 preserved lemons



Handful of chopped walnuts

Fresh thyme


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, yeast and water. Bring together with your hands until you have a firm dough. Transfer to a floured surface and knead with your hands for about five minutes, until the dough is soft. Put in an oiled bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave somewhere warm for 30 minutes. Once it has doubled in size, cut it into three and roll each piece into a dough ball. You can cover these in clingfilm and keep in the fridge for about a day, or freeze them for a future pizza party. Take one of the dough balls and use a rolling pin to roll it out into a pizza base on a floured surface.
  1. Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan. Slice the mushrooms and garlic clove and fry for 2 minutes until softened but not cooked through.
  1. Put some oil on a baking tray or pizza stone. Heat your oven to as high as it will go and place the baking tray in it. When it’s really hot, carefully remove it from the oven and transfer the pizza base onto it. Now spread the ricotta on top and the cooked mushrooms. Slice the preserved lemons and add to the pizza. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  1. Cook for 11 minutes, or until the dough has started to blister and blacken. Serve with a sprinkling of chopped walnuts, some fresh thyme and a drizzle of olive oil.


Storecupboard Essential: Dove’s Farm Quick Yeast

This organic flour company do a great quick yeast. It is reliable and doesn’t disrupt the flavour of the dough. You’ll find it in specialist food shops. Find out more on

These recipes first appeared in The Irish Independent on October 22nd

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