Gennaro Contaldo’s alpine pizza recipe

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makes: 2 large pizzas
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 10 min
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  • Make a traditional Italian pizza, topped with crème fraîche, cheese and salami, with this recipe from Two Greedy Italians’ star Gennaro Contaldo


    • 500g strong plain flour, plus extra for dusting
    • 2 tsp salt
    • 1 x 7g sachet of dried yeast
    • 320ml lukewarm water
    • A few dried breadcrumbs or a bit of semolina, for dusting
    • For the topping
    • 80g Gruyère cheese, grated
    • 250g crème fraîche
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
    • 140g salami, cut into strips
    • a few marjoram leaves


    • Preheat the oven to 240°C/475°F/Gas 9. Combine the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Gradually add the water, mixing well with your hands to obtain a dough. If you find the dough too sticky, simply add a little more flour. Shape into a ball, cover with a cloth and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes and split it in half. Sprinkle some flour on a clean kitchen cloth and place the pieces of dough on it. Cover with a slightly damp cloth and leave to rise for at least 30 minutes in a warm place.

    • Meanwhile combine the Gruyère and crème fraîche in a bowl, adding some salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

    • Sprinkle some flour on a clean work surface and spread the dough into a circle about 30cm in diameter, making it as thin as possible (without tearing it), with the border slightly thicker. Repeat with the other dough ball. Sprinkle two flat baking trays with breadcrumbs or semolina and place the pizza bases on them.

    • Spread the crème fraîche mixture over each base. Top with the onions and salami. Bake in the hot oven for 10 minutes. Remove, sprinkle with the marjoram and serve.

    Top tip for making Gennaro Contaldo’s alpine pizza

    Gennaro says: 'Although Gruyère is not an Italian cheese, it goes really well with this ‘pizza of the mountains’, and is readily available to buy. Be warned, this is a very filling pizza, but it’s also very delicious!'

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