I started this pizza without fully reading the recipe. I had read the ingredient list to make sure I had every thing. I substituted red peppers and mushrooms for the meat. It was saturday around 5 p.m. when I began. The crust came together easily in the food processor , I only used a small amount of sugar as this seemed better given the savory inside. I rolled out the bottom and thought the dough was quite easy to work with. I then made the filling and thought it tasted rather bland. I added several spices including, basil, garlic powder and crushed red pepper. The taste improved from these additions. I then rolled out the dough for the lattice. This was my first time with lattice, it was pretty easy. I put the filling inside and added the lattice. All came together without much of a hitch. It was at that time my daughter, (home from college and planning to go out for the evening asked when we would be eating) I said it needs to cook for 35 minutes. I then read that it is supposed to cool completely before eating!! Oops, should have read the recipe all the way through. Any way it baked up beautifully and I let it cool for 15 minutes. Cutting this bad boy was not pretty!! It looked more like pudding then pizza. The consensus was that the taste was good even though the presentation left much to be desired. This seemed more like quiche then pizza but an interesting recipe all the same. l am very happy to add lattice to my baking repertoire.
TWD/BAKING WITH JULIA :PIZZA RUSTICA April 3, 2012