River Cottage Australia



Rustle up this rustic style pizza made with pumpkin, goat's cheese and pear recipe by Paul West of River Cottage Australia.


  • 500g strong white bread flour

  • 1/2 tbsp fine sea salt

  • 7g sachet dried yeast

  • 1/2 tbsp caster sugar

  • 325ml warm water

  • Extra virgin olive oil, for greasing

  • 3 tbsp fine polenta, for dusting

  • 2 pears, cored and thinly sliced lengthways

  • 2 large handfuls baby rocket leaves

  • Pumpkin Puree


  • 1.

    Pile flour and salt on to a clean workbench and make a well in the centre.

  • 2.

    In a small bowl, combine yeast, sugar and water, whisk together with a fork and let sit 2-3 minutes.

  • 3.

    Add yeast mixture to the well and use a fork to slowly bring the flour into the well, whisking in circular motions with the fork. When all the flour is combined, use your hands to work the mixture into a ball.

  • 4.

    Knead the dough, rolling it up to 10 minutes until elastic and stretchy.

  • 5.

    Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and let rise 40 minutes until doubled in size.

  • 6.

    Divide dough into two balls, dust with flour and wrap each in plastic wrap. Let rest 10 minutes.

  • 7.

    Roll out one ball on a clean work surface, until 0.5mm thick. Preheat oven to 250C or preheat pizza oven.

  • 8.

    Smear pumpkin puree over pizza, leaving a 1-2cm edge bare. Arrange pear slices over pizza and dollop over goats cheese.   Bake in oven 8-10 minutes, until crispy and golden.

  • 9.

    To serve, scatter over fresh rocket leaves, season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, if liked.

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Posted by L48Report
It doesn't have goats cheese in the recipe either...
Posted by LeaveReport
I love this show, but when I saw Paul spread that pumpkin I seriously did not think that looked good or would be very good as a pizza "sauce". The people eating it did not say much and neither did Paul. Was it good? It did not sound like a good pizza idea to me.
Posted by Kathy494Report
the pumpkin pear pizza does not have pumpkin in the ingredients list
Posted by LeaveReport
Good catch! I guess no one is rushing to make this pizza. Where is the pumpkin spread recipe that Paul used for his base out of pumpkin?