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Pancetta and Rocket Pizza with Washed Rind Cheese and Balsamic Figs


  • ¼ cup water

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 60g dried figs, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 2 x 30cm pizza bases (see recipe below) or use store-bought bases

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 2 cups (250g) grated mozzarella

  • 16 thin slices pancetta or bacon

  • 2 x 140g pieces Tasmanian Heritage Red Square washed rind cheese,sliced

  • 100g rocket

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, extra

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Quick Pizza Dough

  • Makes 2 x 30cm pizza bases

  • 4 cups (500g) flour

  • 3 teaspoons (10g) dried yeast

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 350ml lukewarm water

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • 1.

    Heat water and brown sugar in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar, and then boil for 10 minutes.

  • 2.

    Add figs and vinegar and allow to cool. Combine oil with garlic and brush over pizza dough. Sprinkle with mozzarella, arrange pancetta on top and bake at 220°C for 10-15 minutes or until cooked and golden. Cover with slices of Tasmanian Heritage Red Square cheese.

  • 3.

    Combine extra oil with 2 tablespoons fig syrup and use to dress rocket. Place rocket in the centre of each pizza and then sprinkle with figs. Serve immediately.

  • Quick Pizza Dough:

  • 1.

    Combine flour, yeast, salt, sugar, water and 2 tablespoons oil in a large bowl or stand mixer and mix and knead to form a smooth dough. Divide and roll dough out to fit 2 x 30cm pizza trays.


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