Two Peas and Their Pod

Peach, Basil, Mozzarella, & Balsamic Pizza

We love making homemade pizza. Josh is the dough master and I take care of the sauce and toppings. I usually choose a veggie loaded pizza while Josh goes for a sausage or pepperoni pizza. This time I decided to really switch up the toppings. One of my latest pregnancy cravings is peaches. I have been eating 3-4 a day. I can’t get enough! So when Josh suggested we make pizza, I asked if I could make a Peach, Basil, Mozzarella, & Balsamic Pizza. He knows not to mess with his pregnant wife’s cravings, so he said sure:)

Our basil is going crazy this year, so I went outside and picked a handful for our pizza.  I also got out four juicy peaches from my stash and sliced some fresh mozzarella. While Josh was working on the pizza dough, I made a balsamic reduction to drizzle over the pizza. We really do make a great team in the kitchen:)

After Josh rolled out the pizza dough into a circle, I stepped in to top the pizza with my delicious toppings. I lightly brushed the dough with olive oil and then added fresh mozzarella slices, peach slices, and chopped basil. Next, I drizzled the pizza with the balsamic reduction. Such a pretty pizza!

Place the pizza in a hot oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes. This recipe makes two pizzas. You can assemble the second pizza while the first pizza is baking. If you only want to make one pizza, you can save the other half of the dough for another time. The dough freezes well.

We let the pizza cool for a few minutes, sliced it, and started eating. The juicy peaches made a terrific pizza topping. I loved the sweetness the peaches and balsamic reduction added to the pizza. The fresh mozzarella and basil were also divine. The flavor combination was phenomenal! Josh was pleasantly surprised by my pizza creation. We both loved this pizza!

If you are looking for a fun, fresh, and unique pizza-try this Peach, Basil, Mozzarella, & Balsamic Pizza. It is the perfect pizza for summer!

Peach, Basil, Mozzarella, & Balsamic Pizza

Yield: 2 pizzas

Ingredients:

For the pizza dough:
2 1/4 teaspoons rapid rise yeast
1 cup warm water
Pinch of sugar
1 3/4 cups semolina flour
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Corn meal-for spreading on pizza peel

For the balsamic reduction:
1 cup balsamic vinegar

Pizza toppings:
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces fresh mozzarella-sliced
4 peaches-thinly sliced
1/2 cup freshly chopped basil

Directions:

To make the pizza dough:

1. In a glass measuring cup or small bowl, combine yeast and 1 cup warm water. Add a pinch of sugar and let sit for 5 minutes.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add semolina flour, all-purpose flour, and salt. Mix the ingredients until combined.

3. Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture. Next, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix until combined. Switch to the dough hook and knead for about 5 minutes on medium speed.

4. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Form dough into a ball and place in the bowl. Cover pizza dough with a damp towel and set in a warm area to rise. Let the dough rise for 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size.

To make the balsamic reduction:

1. While the dough is rising, make the balsamic reduction. Pour balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan, bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the vinegar has reduced to 1/4 cup. Set aside, and cool to room temperature.

To make the pizza:

1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F or as high as your oven will go. If you have a pizza stone, place the pizza stone in the oven to get hot.

2. After the dough has risen, cut the dough in half. Take one piece of dough and punch it down on a lightly floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a circle. Place the pizza on a pizza peel or pan that has been generously coated with corn meal. Lightly brush the dough with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Top the dough with fresh mozzarella rounds, peach slices, and fresh basil. Drizzle the pizza with balsamic reduction. Follow these same steps to make the second pizza.

2. Place the pizza in the oven-directly on the pizza stone, if using one, or on the oven rack. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until pizza crust is golden and cheese is melted. Remove from oven and bake the second pizza.

3. Let the pizza cool for a few minutes and then cut into slices and serve warm.

If you like this Peach, Basil, Mozzarella, & Balsamic Pizza, you might also like:

Pear Pizza with Caramelized Onion & Blue Cheese from Sophistimom
Nectarine and Prosciutto Pizza from A Cozy Kitchen
Whole Wheat Veggie Pizza from Two Peas and Their Pod
Fruit Pizza from Two Peas and Their Pod

 

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104 Responses to “Peach, Basil, Mozzarella, & Balsamic Pizza”

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — July 20, 2011 @ 6:15 am

    SO, so, so pretty! I would dominate this pizza.

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    Maria it looks sooo good! So beautifully photographed, too. Peaches are just divine this time of year!

    And thanks for all your ‘likes’ on my instagram photos….I smile each time I see one come in so thank you :)

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    Katrina — July 20, 2011 @ 6:41 am

    This is so creative! Awesome idea. I love all the flavours you mixed together here!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — July 20, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    This pizza sounds amazing! I have had some wonderful peaches this summer and they would be perfect on your pizza!

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    What a mouthwatering pizza! That wouldn’t last long in my house. :-)

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    Lindsay — July 20, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    Yes, please! This one’s definitely going in the “to-make, immediately!” pile!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — July 20, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    what a beautiful pizza…and i love the different flavors!

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    beth — July 20, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    beautiful photo – great flavours

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    Blog is the New Black — July 20, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    WOW! This looks wonderful!

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    Marty — July 20, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    I’ve gotta try this. I’m obsessed with pear slices, gorgonzola cheese, and walnuts on my pizza, this has gotta be just as delicious! Yum!

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    Kathryn — July 20, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    It looks so pretty! What a fantastic idea :)

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    This is the most awesome recipe I’ve seen in a while! Oh yum! You have my heart!!

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    thehealthyapron — July 20, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    That looks marvelous! So gourmet! I LOVE a good homemade pizza! I havent mastered making dough yet!

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    TidyMom — July 20, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    WOW ! beautiful!! I would have never thought of peaches on pizza!….now my mouth is watering for this!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — July 20, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    What a great combination.

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    marla — July 20, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    Lovely pizza today Maria. You and Josh are quite the team in the kitchen :)

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — July 20, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    What great teamwork! The pictures are great!

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    Barefeet In The Kitchen — July 20, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    Oh. My. Gosh. You are making me drool!

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    brandi — July 20, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    Homemade pizza is one of our very favorite things to make together – it’s so fun and SO much better than take out or storebought.

    This looks perfect with those peaches.

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    Bev Weidner — July 20, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    In. Love.

    Seriously, AND we have everything in stock to make it!

    Bo to the YAAA!

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    Jessica — July 20, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    YUM! Looks delicious…

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    Oh my gosh this looks delicious! So beautifully photographed too.

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    Katrina — July 20, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    Yum! I would SO love this! My husband–probably wouldn’t. But we often make our own pizzas! I’m tempted to try it on a pita for lunch today!

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    Wow! That looks amazing. If you are still craving peaches in August stop by for some peach recipes. The whole month of August. My neighbor picked 8 lbs. worth and I’ve had peaches up to my ears! Too bad you don’t live closer-I would have shared! :)

    I can assure you though, I was not as creative with my peaches as you were with your here on this post!

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    Ashley — July 20, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    This pizza looks absolutely delicious!!! The perfect summer sweet & savory treat!!

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    Gorgeous pizza!

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    With Style and Grace — July 20, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    This looks ah-mazing and your photos are awesome!!

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    Kelley — July 20, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    Holy yum is all I have to say!

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    Megan — July 20, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    I just got a new bottle of fancy balsamic vinegar and was thinking about pairing it with peaches. This recipe sounds fabulous!

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    Cupcake Activist — July 20, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    I would love to make a pizza like this. The peach and mozzarella sound like a great combination. BUT my husband hates sweet stuff for dinner. Maybe I’ll have to try when he’s not around.

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    Aggie — July 20, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    This is so different!! I love it.

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    Cookin' Canuck — July 20, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    What a great way to use all the sweet peaches available right now. So pretty!

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    Mallorie — July 20, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks so good!! I bet goat cheese would be really yummy with the peaches too! Delish.

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    Joanne — July 20, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    well I KNOW I’m not pregnant but you’ve got me craving this! Definitely making it soon.

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    Georgia Pellegrini — July 20, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    Looks so tasty! I made one a few weeks ago with peaches, thyme and goat cheese and it was out of this world! It helps that the peaches are so wonderful this time of year.

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    Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat — July 20, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    So pretty! And it totally screams summer.

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    This looks incredible. I have never tasted it and already it may be my new favorite pizza!

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    Deborah — July 20, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    I would have never thought of this combination of flavors but it sounds divine!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — July 20, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    wow! Great combination! I am trying this one for sure!

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