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Heart Shaped Pizza Pocket

By Chef Maria Cummins

Course
entree
Cuisine
american
Servings
10 - 12

Equipment

  • Stand mixer with hook attachment

Ingredients

  • pizza dough (see our recipe below)
  • mozzarella cheese
  • pizza sauce
  • turkey pepperoni

Instructions

  1. Divide your dough into 2 equal pieces and roll each of them out thin. Using a pizza cutter cut each rolled-out pizza dough into a heart shape, about 6-7 inches in diameter.
  2. Place one dough onto a sprayed pizza pan. Add the sauce and cheese.
  3. Now top the pizza with anything you like such as turkey pepperoni, peppers, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, etc.
  4. Place the second heart-shaped pizza dough over the filling. Seal the edges with your fingers by pressing down and making sure no filling will come out.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F for 8 minutes.
Pizza Dough
Ingredients
  • 6 cups OO flour (you can use AP flour if run out of 00 flour)
  • 2 cups Lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
Instructions
  1. To Proof yeast- Add water, yeast, and sugar in a small bowl or container, mix it using a whisk, and let it sit for a few minutes.
  2. In a stand mixer with a hook attachment, add proofed yeast, flour, oil, and salt. Mix it on low speed until the dough forms a ball on the attachment. Remove dough to a large, oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes or until dough has doubled in bulk.
  3. Punch down the dough and transfer it to a floured board and knead briefly. Divide dough into 10-12 equal portions and roll each piece into a ball. Place the balls of dough onto a floured sheet tray and cover with plastic until ready to use.

Chef Maria Cummins

Born in Venezuela, Maria Cummins discovered her deep-rooted passion for food from an early age. Her culinary journey led her to Lima, Peru, where she immersed herself in the rich secrets of Peruvian gastronomy during part of her childhood. In her early twenties, she embarked on a new chapter by coming to the United States and delving into the Hospitality Industry in Boston, Massachusetts.

Maria's culinary adventure continued as she relocated to San Diego, California, where she made her mark by opening the renowned El Tucan Restaurant. Her extensive travels and diverse experiences greatly influenced her innovative culinary style, shaping the unique approach she is celebrated for today.

During her time in San Diego, Chef Maria not only honed her culinary skills but also gained a profound understanding of the importance of nutrition, particularly through the use of organic and unprocessed ingredients.

Today, Maria Cummins is the proud owner, founder, and head chef of the Real Food Academy, a culinary haven nestled in the vibrant city of Miami. Here, both kids and adults come together every week to share the joy of connecting through the power of Real Food and Real Fun!

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