I had some left over dough from my pull apart bread recipe that I totally love. I decided to use it and make flatbread pizza with a pesto sauce that I picked up at my local Trader Joe’s. Its simple and quick if you already have the dough prepared. If not make some dough and cook a lot of flat bread pizzas.
I used the Trader Joe’s Pesto alla Genovese Basil Pesto for the base and topped it with mozzarella cheese and sliced cherry tomatoes. I also added the everything but the bagel seasoning on top. Trader Joe’s is the best for sauces and seasonings.
You can top your pizza with anything you want. Throw it in the over at 475 degrees for about 10-15 mins or until the edges are golden brown. Enjoy!
Flat Bread Pizza
- 2 tsp Red Star® Platinum yeast
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup milk warm
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour spoon & leveled, plus more as needed
- 1 tsp salt
Cream Cheese / Butter Filling
- 2 ounces brick style cream cheese at room temperature
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1-2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1-2 teaspoon dried basil
Make the dough:
Place the yeast and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or paddle attachment. Or, if you do not own a stand mixer, a regular large mixing bowl. Heat the milk on the stove or in the microwave until warm to touch. Pour warm milk on top of yeast/sugar. Whisk gently to combine, then loosely cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. The mixture will be frothy after 5-10 minutes.
If you do not have a mixer, you can mix by hand in this step. Add the butter, egg, flour, and salt. Beat on low speed for 3 minutes. Dough will be soft. Transfer it to a lightly floured work surface. Using lightly floured hands, knead it for 1 minute. If the dough is too sticky to handle, add 1-3 more Tablespoons of flour, but you want a very soft dough. Shape into a ball.
Place the dough in a greased bowl (I use nonstick spray to grease) and cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place in a slightly warm environment to rise until doubled in size, around 60-90 minutes. For this warm spot, I suggest using the oven. Preheat to 200°F (93°C), then turn the oven off after preheating. Place the covered bowl inside and shut the oven door. This is your warm environment.
As the dough rises, prepare the filling in the next steps.
Make the cream cheese / butter filling:
In a large bowl spoon all of the filling ingredients together until combined. Cover tightly and set aside until ready to use.
Punch down the dough to release the air. Add the cream cheese filling to the dough and knead together.
Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and allow to rise once again in a slightly warm environment until puffy, about 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
Roll out the dough and make a flatbread pizza shape, top with any kind of sauce and add your toppings. Bake for 10-15 minutes of until the edges are golden brown.