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Eggplant Pizza

1 package active dry or fresh yeast
1 tsp. honey
3/4 cup warm water (105 to 115)
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. olive oil

3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
2 cups grated fontina cheese
2 cups (about 1/2 pound) sliced fresh artichoke hearts, cooked
2 cups (about 5 ounces) sliced eggplant, grilled or sauteed.
4 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 tsp. chopped fresh oregano

In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and honey in 1/4 cup of the
warm water. In a mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the flour
and salt. Pour in 2 tablespoons of the oil and when absorbed,
scrape in the dissolved yeast. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of water
and knead on low speed about 5 minutes. Turn out onto a board and
knead 2 or 3 minutes longer. Dough should be smooth and firm. Let
rise in a warm spot, covered with a damp towel, about 30 minutes.
(Dough will stretch when lightly pulled.)

Divide the dough into 4 balls, about 6 ounces each. Work each ball
by pulling down the sides and tucking under the bottom of the ball.
Repeat 4 or 5 times. Then on a smooth unfloured surface, roll the
ball under the palm of your hand until the dough is smooth and
firm, about 1 minute. Cover with a damp towel and let rest 15 to
20 minutes. At this point, the balls can be loosely covered with
plastic wrap and refrigerated for 1 to 2 days. Preheat the oven
to 525 degrees. Place a pizza stone in the oven. Saute the eggplant
and mushrooms separately, each in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Use more
oil if necessary.

Place a ball of dough on a lightly floured surface. Press down on
the center, spreading the dough, or roll into a 7 or 8 inch circle,
with the outer border a little thicker than the inner circle. Brush
lightly with oil and arrange the topping of your choice only over
the inner circle.

Arrange ingredients on the pizza dough in the order listed above.

Arrange the pizza on a baking stone and bake 15 to 20 minutes, or
until the pizzas are nicely browned. transfer to a firm surface
and cut into slices with a pizza cutter.


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