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Heart-Shaped Pizza Recipe

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Seems to me like there are a lot of Valentine’s Day haters out there, but I will confess right now, I’m not one of them. I’m not the hugest fan – I don’t go all out and decorate my house with pink and red hearts, but I do appreciate the large outcropping of heart-shaped foods that tend to pop-up in February. I literally squealed when I saw a heart-shaped doughnut for the first time. Heart-shaped food is just so much cuter than regular shapes.

If I wanted to have a problem with Valentine’s, it would probably be this: too many sweets. Don’t get me wrong, I have a major sweet tooth, but Valentine’s seems like overkill. There are entirely too many chocolate covered offerings and not enough savouries. Last year I combatted the barrage of sweets with Afternoon Beer: three tiers of man-approved miniature nibbles. This year I decided to go with mini heart-shaped pizzas.

These pizzas come together quite quickly, if you have the foresight to make your no-knead dough the day before. Once your dough is made and proofed all you’re doing is rolling, topping and baking. If the heart shapes are too twee for you, go ahead and just make mini pizzas, or a giant pizza if that’s your thing. The best thing about at home pizzas is that you get to put on whatever strange topping combinations you fancy. Broccoli and ricotta? Bring it on! Spicy pepperoni and pineapple? I’m game!

No-knead pizza dough produces a pizza that is crisp, crackle-y and has a light and airy cornicione. I seriously recommend it for all of your at home pizzas, hearts or otherwise. Hope your Valentine’s is filled with love, and of course, good food!

i am heart-shaped, i am pizza: i am heart-shaped pizza!

No-Knead Pizza Dough Recipe from bonappetit.com
yield: 8 mini heart pizzas

  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for shaping dough
    1 teaspoons fine sea salt
    1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast
    3/4 cups water

Whisk flour, salt, and yeast in a medium bowl. While stirring with a wooden spoon, gradually add 3/4 cups water; stir until well incorporated. Mix dough gently with your hands to bring it together and form into a rough ball. Transfer to a large clean bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rise at room temperature in a draft-free area until surface is covered with tiny bubbles and dough has more than doubled in size, about 18 hours.

The next day, transfer dough to a floured work surface. Gently shape into a rough rectangle. Divide into 8 equal portions. Working with 1 portion at a time, gather 4 corners to center to create 4 folds. Turn seam side down and mold gently into a ball. Dust dough with flour; set aside on work surface or a floured baking sheet. Repeat with remaining portions.

Let dough rest, covered with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel, until soft and pliable, about 1 hour.

To Make the Pizzas

During the last hour of dough’s resting, prepare oven: arrange a rack in middle of oven and preheat to its hottest setting, 500°–550°. Working with 1 dough ball at a time, dust dough generously with flour and place on a floured work surface. Gently shape dough into a heart-shape.

Arrange dough on baking sheet; top with desired toppings. Bake pizza until bottom of crust is crisp and top is blistered, about 8-10 minutes.

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25 Commentsadd yours

  1. So cute! Totally love this, especially that heart shaped pepperoni!

  2. I am happy to see you back! I love your blog.

  3. I missed you, too. You write my favorite food blog. Your photos are gorgeous, too.

  4. I’ve actually never made my own pizza (I know I know, shame on me) but this make it looks so easy (and cute) I’m just gunna HAVE to try it!

  5. Good to have you back! I love your own special take on Valentine’s Day treats.

  6. This is a creative and savory spin on heart shaped foods! I must agree, I ADORE heart shaped foods! :D

    I`m glad you`re back as well!

  7. Yay, you! You’re back! And with a perfect recipe to combine Valentine’s gimmicks with THE BEST FOOD IN THE WORLD.

  8. I’m with you on Valentine’s Day. Pizza, however, in any shape has a hold over my heart.

    Lovely post and so glad to see you back!

    Kate
    xx

    http://www.i-am-not-a-celebrity.com

  9. I love seeing a heart shaped food that doesn’t involve red food coloring :) Glad you’re back!

  10. i miss you and your food. xoxoxoxooxoxox

  11. i am surprised you are back. i am also glad ;) used to love your blog. i just wish you would post more than every 6 months………..

  12. So glad you’re back! Looking to see a lot more to come!

  13. Welcome back!

  14. yay! love your posts!

  15. Missed your posts. Please don’t disappear again.

  16. Holidays are great times to come up with creative new ways to make and serve food. The idea of a heart shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day is great for those who aren’t too “lovey dovey,” but still want to show eachother they care. It also seems great for kids too!

  17. You had us waiting a long time! I don’t usually comment but I’m about to start my own food blog and yours is one of the best designed that I know. So, yeah, just wanted to say I’m glad you’re back I guess! Keep it up :-)

  18. I seriously love your blog! Not only does it make me hungry and my mouth water at the pictures, it inspires me and makes me want to cook!

    This heart shaped pizza idea is great and the idea is so cute. It adds a nice twist to Valentine’s day because dare I say it theres just too many sweets associated with that holiday! Pizza is more of my thing!

    Sarah Kerin
    Tulane University

    Sarah Kerin on March 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm
  19. Ciao, da tanto tempo seguo il tuo blog, e’ un piacere ritrovarti! Vivo in Italia, da molto tempo, in Sicilia. Non so in quale parte del mondo tu sia ma fammi sapere se hai bisogno di qualcosa! Gianfranco

    sul mio sito capilloquality.it troverai tanti prodotti italiani provenienti dalal calda Sicilia !!!

  20. Now I believe that chefs are also great artists!!

  21. Aah Superb Recipe…
    Its really helpful for me…
    Thanks for this recipe…. :)

  22. Wow! Love this heart shaped pizza. I will try it soon.

  23. This is too cute! Next Valentines day treat!

    Marissa Sese on June 18, 2013 at 9:35 pm
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