Pissaladière is a dish which originated from Nice in Southern France. The dough is usually a bread dough thicker than that of the classic Italian pizza. This is a great version using leeks, green olives and sultanas
- Strong white bread flour 200g
- Easy-blend dried yeast 2 tsp
- Olive oil
- Leeks 500g, finely sliced
- Sultanas 3 tbsp
- Parmesan or vegetarian alternative 75g, finely grated
- Green olives 16, pitted and quartered
- Bay leaves 2, halved
Put the flour, 1 tsp salt and the yeast in a bowl, add 150ml hand-hot water and 2 tbsp olive oil, then mix everything together using a wooden spoon and then your hands. Tip onto a floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth but not sticky. Put in a bowl and cover, then leave to rise for an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
Heat 4 tbsp oil in a large frying pan, add the leeks, stir, then cover and cook very gently for 40-50 minutes, stirring every now and then. You want the leeks to soften completely without turning brown. Season well and stir in the sultanas.
Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Oil a baking sheet. Knead the dough to knock out any air, then roll and press it out to make a large rectangle. Sprinkle the parmesan over the surface. Spread the leek mixture on top of the parmesan, add the olives to the top (make a pattern if you like) and dot the bay halves over. Drizzle with a little more olive oil. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the bread base is cooked through.