Pissaladiere

by Leah Halmagyi
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Ingredients

  • 300g bakers’ flour
  • 1 sachet (7g) instant dried yeast
  • 175ml cold water
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ tsp (7g) fine salt)
  • 2 Tbsp semolina
  • 6 brown onions, finely sliced
  • sea salt flakes and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ bunch thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 24 anchovy fillets, halved lengthways
  • ½ cup pitted small olives, halved

Instructions

Preparation time: 20 minutes + rising
Cooking time: 1 hour
Serves: 12

1 Preheat oven to 200°C. Combine the bakers four, yeast and water in the bowl of an electric mixer and stir with the dough hook or 2 minutes. Add 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil then mix for 2 more minutes. Finally, add the salt and semolina, mix for 4 minutes, then cover and set aside for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
2 Sauté the onions in the remaining olive oil, seasoning well with salt and pepper. Once browned, add the garlic and thyme, cook for 1 minutes, then mix in the vinegar, molasses and sugar. Cook until completely thickened.
3 Roll the dough out to 1cm thick, then cover with the onion mixture. Top with the anchovies and olives in a trellis pattern. Set aside for 20 minutes, then bake for 30 minutes.