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Strawberries Get a Pizza Makeover

Hand-Dipped Ricotta from Maplebrook Farm is the perfect base for one of our favorite summer fruits
  1. 1 (1/4 oz) package active dry yeast
  2. 1 cup warm water
  3. 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 2 teaspoons olive oil
  5. 2 ½- 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  6. 16oz Maplebrook Farm Hand-Dipped Ricotta
  7. 4oz cream cheese
  8. ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
  9. ½ teaspoon lemon extract
  10. 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  11. 2 tablespoons washed basil, thinly chopped
  12. Balsamic vinegar for drizzle
  1. For the Pizza Dough:
  2. Dissolve yeast in warm water in warmed bowl.
  3. Add salt, olive oil, and 2 1/2 cup flour.
  4. Attach bowl and dough hook, turn to speed low speed and mix 1 minute.
  5. Continuing on speed 2, add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough clings to dough hook and cleans sides of bowl.
  6. Kneed on low speed for 5 more minutes, or until dough is smooth, and stretches easily
  7. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top.
  8. Cover, let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk (about 1 hour).
  9. Punch dough down.
  10. For the Ricotta Sauce:
  11. In a mixing bowl, whisk the cream cheese and ricotta together until fully incorporated
  12. Add lemon extract and confectioner’s sugar, whisk until combined
  13. Pre-heat the oven to 425 F
  14. Roll dough into a large circle (approximately 15”) with a rolling pin, or stretch by hand for a more rustic look.
  15. Put a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and put your dough on top
  16. Spoon generous portions of the ricotta sauce on the dough, covering the entire circle
  17. Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes
  18. Remove from the oven and cover with sliced strawberries
  19. Put back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes, or until the crust is browned
  20. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chopped basil
  21. Garnish with a few drops of balsamic vinegar to taste
  1. Specialty Equipment Needed: Kitchen Aid Mixer, Dough Hook Attachment
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Maplebrook Farm

Maplebrook Farm produces handmade artisanal cheeses in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Now offering over twelve cheeses, Maplebrook Farm uses old world cheesemaking techniques to produce fresh quality products, with remarkable flavor and texture. rBGH & rBST-free, 100% Vermont Milk provides a distinguishable quality and unparalleled flavor.

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