Monday, October 26, 2009

Savory Pumpkin Pizza Dough

I snuck in some real pumpkin for the cute pumpkin shaped calzones I'm attempting this evening. I don't know if they'll be very pumpkin shaped after baking, but they should taste good at least!

This dough isn’t sweet like most pumpkin recipes. Its savory and a touch garlicky. Use it for pizza, calzones, bread sticks, focaccia, or savory rolls.

½ cup barely warm water
1 teaspoon honey
1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
3 ½ cups bread flour
1 cup canned pumpkin, (Not pumpkin pie filling)
2 Tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the bowl
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder

1. Measure water in a wet measuring cup and stir in the honey and yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes.

2. In a stand mixer with a dough hook add all the ingredients including the yeast mixture and knead for several minutes.

3. Turn the dough onto a clean surface and knead with your hands for a couple more minutes. Coat a large bowl with a little olive oil, toss in the dough turning coat once to coat, and cover in plastic wrap.

4. Let the dough rise in a warm place for about an hour, or until large and poufy.

1. Three cream sauce recipes for pizza here.

2. Fast and easy red pizza sauce recipe here.

3. Pizza grilling information can be found here.

Recipe and photograph by Laura Flowers


Mary Bergfeld said...

How wonderfully seasonal. I would have never though of this. Very nicely done :-).

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

Laura, This is such an interesting concept, I'd really like to try it.

I hope you'll share your calzone results! xo

Coleens Recipes said...

What a CUTE idea...did they hold their shape during baking? Did they look like pumpkins?

Ginger said...

I love unique recipes and this one moves to the top of the list!! You have to tell me what you would put on a pizza? That would make an AWESOME appetizer to serve!!


Fresh Local and Best said...

What a neat twist to pizza crust!

Sherri Murphy said...

What a great idea for Autumn party appetizers.

Federica Simoni said...

mmmm...che buoni!! complimenti!

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Where in the world did you think this one up? You amaze me!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi Patricia,

I figured after the beet dough I could add anything lol. It turned out very well actually!


anna said...

I love this idea! I'm definitely going to make this sometime - it would lend itself well to lots of white pizzas I think.

Anonymous said...

I tried this recipe and it was a major fail for me. The idea is good but my poor execution ruined it.

The Cooking Photographer said...

I am so sorry! I hate it when that happens. Can you tell me what happened so I can help for next time?


Anonymous said...

Laura, this is amazing. I had a regular carving pumpkin that never got carved, and decided to roast it rather than throw it away. Unfortunately, I guess it's not really an eating pumpkin, and I now have three cups of not-sweet, not-particularly-delicious pumpkin puree in my refrigerator that I'm even more determined not to throw away, now that I went to all the roasting trouble! This looks like JUST the solution I was looking for. Thank you!!

Question(s) for you: Does this dough freeze well? If so, at what stage should it be frozen (before it rises? halfway through?), and how should it be stored?

The Cooking Photographer said...


I hope this one works for you. It worked really well here. I used canned pumpkin in it, but roasted should be very similar.

I found a really nice site for freezing dough.

I hope that helps!


bridget said...

This looks delish! Such a good idea.

Colleen said...

This is such a great idea! I am definitely going to try this. I love all things pumpkin! Found your blog the other day and will definitely be a follower! Love it :) :)

Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! said...

I bookmarked this about a month ago (I actually commented under my name Colleen just above there!), and I just made it finally tonight. Oh my goodness. I am in love with this pizza dough! Thank you so much for this fabulous and delicious idea! :)

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