Pitta china Calabrese – Calabrian stuffed pitta

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45 minutes

Ingredients

Dough

  • 300g of strong white bread flour
  • 7g of fast-action dried yeast
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 175ml of water, lukewarm
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

Filling

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tropea onion, or red onion, sliced
  • 50g of mozzarella cheese, torn
  • 30g of ricotta salata, or pecorino, chopped
  • 7 slices of soppressata, or another Calabrian salami
  • 1 tbsp of capers
  • 1 handful of basil leaves, torn
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Method

1
Place the yeast in a bowl with 25g of the flour and the sugar. Stir in 50ml of lukewarm water until the mixture is smooth, then leave to activate for 30 minutes
2
After this time, the mixture will have grown in size and will be light and airy. Place the remaining flour and salt in a bowl then, using a wooden spoon, stir in the activated yeast mixture, followed by the remaining 125ml of lukewarm water
3
Once the dough has come together in the bowl, tip out onto a floured surface and knead with your hands for 7–8 minutes, until the dough is nice and smooth and springs back when prodded
4
Oil a clean bowl and place the dough inside. Oil the top of the dough and cover lightly with cling film. Leave to prove in a warm place for 2 hours
5
In the meantime you can prepare your fillings. Boil the eggs for 8 minutes, then chill in cold water. Peel, roughly chop and set aside
6
Sweat the onions down in a little olive oil until soft and season with salt and pepper
7
When the dough is ready, it will have doubled (if not tripled) in size. Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and knock back the dough by folding it back on itself until the large air bubbles have all gone. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
8
Divide the dough into two pieces. Roll out one piece into a 5mm thick circular pizza base
9
Arrange the toppings equally over the dough, then roll out the second piece of dough to the same size
10
Place the second piece of dough over the filling and crimp the edges together with your thumb and fingers. Use a small knife to pierce a hole in the centre of the lid and dust with a little flour
11
Bake in the oven for 15–20 minutes, or until light golden brown. Serve hot