Fabulous Florentine Pizza

Recipe by MsBindy
READY IN: 3hrs
YIELD: 8 slices




  • Put the pizza dough ingredients in to a breadmaker (in the order specified by your breadmachine), and process on pizza dough cycle.
  • When cycle completes, remove the dough from the machine and put it in a bowl sprayed with cooking spray; cover it and let it rest for about 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, roll out the dough and put it on a greased 15 inch pizza stone sprinkled with some corn meal.
  • Bake in 375F oven for about 5 minutes. Because the toppings on this pizza will generate some moisture, pre-baking the crust for a few minutes will prevent the pizza from becoming soggy. There's nothing worse than a soggy pizza! After pre-baking the crust, remove the pizza from the oven, and raise the temperature to 430°F If your pesto and toppings aren't ready yet, cover the crust with a cloth and set aside while preparing the toppings.
  • While pizza dough is processing, make the pesto. You will have more pesto than you will need for the pizza. But, it is better to have a little too much, than to come up short! Just save the extra in the fridge and use for something else. In a food processor or blender, blend the basil, garlic and pine nuts.
  • Slowly add the oil and continue to blend.
  • Add the parmesan cheese and blend until creamy.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Set the pesto aside.
  • Prepare the pizza toppings. Slice the mushrooms, chop the spinach fairly fine, julienne cut the sundried tomatoes; shred the 2 cheeses and mix the cheeses together.
  • Prepare the pizza! Spread the pesto on the pizza dough. Depending on your preference, you will probably want between 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup of pesto. Spread it right out to the edges.
  • Add the toppings; first the spinach, then the mushrooms, then the sun-dried tomatoes, and finally the cheeses.
  • Bake in a 430F oven for about 15 minutes.