Sunday Pizza and Pie

February 7, 2013

Last Sunday my friend and fellow blogger, Carly, came to visit. It’s so lovely when friends are eager to travel down to the Red Hill to see where I grew up, where I’m currently living. I suppose they know that they’re in for eats, perhaps that explains their enthusiasm…. Either way, it’s terribly lovely and I had such a nice day with Carly and my parents. We visited some food stores and the beach, before heading home to prepare the pizza. It was a beautiful way to spend a Sunday afternoon, sitting and eating outside together, enjoying the gently warm day we were gifted.

Earlier on, Dad made his pizza dough, ever so perfectly.

Afterwards he designed a refreshing drink for us. This ginger and plum afternoon cocktail was a delightful mix of tart plum syrup, ginger liqueur, bourbon, ginger sugar syrup and sparkling water.

Our four pizza creations then went into the oven. We had a subtly beautiful mushroom pizza, my favourite of the day. As well as a chorizo and pesto pizza with bocconcini, smoked mozzarella and a tomato base. I tend to favour a bianco base, but this was a nice change. Our third pizza consisted of potato, ham, anchovies and provolone. And lastly, we made a ham, fig and red current pizza with blue cheese and mozzarella. These figs were just gorgeous, a present from Carly on the day. I also made a kale salad which provided a break from all that dough. We served our pizza with chilli oil, which I believe to be mandatory. Let’s eat.



Pie is everything I adore about creating and cooking and eating.

Out of a desire for something sweet on this Sunday, as well as a fervent need to continue experimenting with the woodfired oven, I made an apple galette with rustic rye dough. I adapted Kim Boyce’s recipe for a fruit tart from her book, Good to the Grain. I am completely in love with this book. Whimsically, I used fig jam as my base and filled the pie with cooked, spiced, sweetened apples. It’s a tad early for apples, this is true. However I had seen a lovely pile of Delgrosso-grown apples at the Red Hill Market the day before and instantly thought of the woodfired oven and pie. I had to buy them. I had to buy them and make pie.

I was so very pleased with this beauty, which we served with vanilla ice-cream. The dough was terribly rustic and I adored the unapologetically earthy tones of the rye flour. It also contained less butter than many pie recipes out there, so it didn’t feel too rich. The technique involved in making the dough, respecting the butter as royalty and giving it the chilled treatment it deserves, allowed for a beautifully flaky pastry. I will most definitely be making this dough again, and I promise to scribe my recipe next time.

Thank you for visiting, Carly. And for the figs, raspberries and yoghurt. I love that you brought these goodies and enjoyed your time in Red Hill at our little pizza party.

I had more pie for dinner that night. It was a good Sunday…

Heidi xo

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  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 7, 2013 at 8:34 am

    what a delightful meal 🙂

  • Yasmeen February 7, 2013 at 10:17 am

    What a fantastic day! Pizza and pie can't be beat, and I agree, it is always so nice to have visitors on "your turf."

  • Leah February 7, 2013 at 11:42 am

    pizza and pie makes everyone happy! glad you girls had such a lovely day 🙂

  • Dayna February 7, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Everything looks so delicious! It looks as though it were a perfect, relaxing day. 🙂

  • Heavenly Ingredients February 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    wow, that pie! And I am trying to imagine all the extra beautiful woody flavours that baking it in a woodfire oven would bring. so yummy.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    How fabulous to meet up with Carly! She's an inspiration and I'd love to meet her one day 😀

  • Heidi February 7, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Lisa – very 🙂

    Yasmeen – yes!

    Leah – thanks, lovely!

    Dayna – completely 🙂

    Heavenly Ingredients – it turned out so well! Was not crisping at first, we feared it'd be soggy, but then just turned wonderfully crisp – perfect!

    Lorraine – agreed! We always have fun, & she surely appreciates good food 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • jac February 7, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Yum – everything looks so delicious!

  • cquek February 9, 2013 at 3:33 am

    ummmm this is awesome, just beyond awesome.

  • Gourmet Getaways February 9, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I love making pizza at home from scratch with home made dough, nothing tastes as good! our flavour combinations sound wonderful, I haven't had a sweet pizza for ages… I will have to fix that 🙂

  • Hannah February 9, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I'm so glad you're making sure to fill your weeks sans-Ben with love, hugs, friendship, family, and happiness. xo

  • The InTolerant Chef February 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    What a great time indeed!

  • Carly Findlay February 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    This was such a fun day! I am yearning for pizza and pie. Thank you for having me. Listened to KCRW good food podcast last night and thought of your parents 🙂 Thanks for this post too xx

  • Heidi February 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Jac – thanks!

    cquek – hehe thank you!

    Gourmet Getaways – yes, I'm not a huge dessert pizza fan but should experiment a bit. Agree – homemade = best!

    Hannah – it's been easy to do, I must say – spoilt!

    InTolerant Chef – yes 🙂

    Carly – must start listening myself! x

    Heidi xo

  • Ling February 11, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Girl.. i'm coming down this weekend. kthxbai. LOL kidding.. but pizzas look amazing.

  • Iron Chef Shellie February 23, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I want a Red Hill lifestyle!! I am determined to come down more this year, I already have been doing way more trips than I usually would!