Anchovy and caramelised onion rustic pizza

Anchovy and caramelised onion rustic pizza serves 2; makes 2 individual pizzas 

all the favourite, albeit acquired, Italian flavours rolled into a single pizza


For the pizza bases:

  • 175g strong white flour
  • 120ml lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

For the toppings: 

  • 1 medium sized brown onion, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 8 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tin of anchovy fillets in olive oil
  • Capers
  • Olives
  • 100g mozzarella, torn into 10 pieces


  1. Begin by caramelising the onions. Heat a saucepan with 1 tbsp olive oil, and drop in the finely sliced onions. Add a clove of crushed garlic and a bay leaf. Cover the pan with a lid, and leave to stew for 45 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. While the onions are caramelising, pre-heat the oven to 190ºc and make the pizza bases.
  3. Sift the flour into a bowl with the salt and yeast. Make a well in the middle of the bowl, and then pour in 120ml lukewarm water, followed by 1 tbsp olive oil. Mix with a wooden spoon until it forms a smooth dough. On a floured surface, knead the dough for 5 minutes. Pop the dough back in the bowl and leave to rise for 25 minutes in a warm place.
  4. While the dough is rising, make a basic tomato sauce for the bases. In a saucepan, cook 2 chopped tomatoes with 1 tbsp tomato puree on a low heat. Add the basil and chilli flakes at the end.
  5. Once increased in size, roll out the dough and shape into two individual pizza bases. Place on baking paper on a tray, ready for the oven.
  6. Assemble the pizzas! Coat the bases in tomato sauce, then spread over the caramelised onions. Drain the anchovies, and line them in a criss cross pattern. Add the capers, mozzarella, and olives – alternating to form an aesthetically pleasing pattern.
  7. Bake in the oven for 18 minutes.

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