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Pear and prosciutto pizza is the perfect combination of sweet and salty

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A gourmet pizza topped with pears and prosciutto (without the gourmet price tag)

My husband has a full-out obsession with our local pizza joint's Buffalo chicken thin-crust Sicilian pie. And yes, that's its name despite the fact that "Sicilian" and "thin-crust" are pretty much contradictory adjectives when in the same name. It drives me crazy, but I'm not going to argue with the place — the pizza is in fact out of this world.

The only problem is that this pizza costs $22-plus, and I refuse to make that a habit when really, I myself can make a pretty epic pizza at home for less than half that price.

A gourmet pizza topped with pears and prosciutto (without the gourmet price tag)

I feel like pears go somewhat unnoticed in the fall. First it's apples everywhere, then pumpkin jumps in, steals the show for a good two months or so, and then we're straight into cranberries and pomegranates, while pears sit on the sideline, like "yo, when's it my turn?"

This pizza gives pears a chance to shine. Paired (see what I did there?) with salty prosciutto, crispy fresh watercress and taleggio, the sweet pears are the perfect topping for making a special pizza night — minus the $22 price tag.

Pear, prosciutto and watercress pizza recipe

This is a fancy pizza you can easily make at home without the fancy pizza price tag.

Serves 4

Prep time: 15 minutes | Inactive time: 1 hour | Bake time: 17 minutes | Total time: 1 hour 32 minutes

Ingredients:

For the dough

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 packet dry active yeast (2-1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the pizza
  • 8 ounces grated taleggio cheese
  • 1 pear, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 pound prosciutto, torn into pieces
  • 2 cups watercress, roughly chopped

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast, sugar and olive oil, and gently stir. Let sit for 10 minutes, until the yeast activates and becomes foamy.
  2. Add the flour and salt to the bowl, and knead a few times to combine.
  3. Turn the mixture out onto a flour surface, and knead for about 2 minutes, until the dough is smooth.
  4. Into an oiled bowl, place the dough, and cover it with a towel. Place the bowl in a warm spot, and let the dough rise for about an hour, until about doubled in size.
  5. Grease a baking sheet with olive oil or baking spray.
  6. Punch down the dough, and roll it out into a rectangle to fit on the baking sheet.
  7. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  8. Sprinkle the cheese all over the dough.
  9. Lay the pear slices on top of the cheese and 1/2 the chopped watercress on top of that.
  10. Place the pizza into the oven for about 12 minutes.
  11. Remove the pizza from the oven, and add the prosciutto.
  12. Bake for another 5 minutes or until the dough is cooked through and turning golden brown on the edges.
  13. Remove the pizza from the oven, top with the remaining watercress, slice, and serve.

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