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Plaited Pizza Loaf with creamy blue cheese, Beetroot, Pine nuts and Thyme – The Ultimate Recipe

Plaited Pizza Loaf with creamy blue cheese, Beetroot, Pine nuts and Thyme – The Ultimate Recipe

Cook 1 hr 4 servings

Maybe it is the satisfying crunch of the crust followed by a greeting of delicious fillings, or perhaps it is the effortless preparation and fresh ingredients that makes our Plaited Pizza Loaf recipe a must-try. Enjoy a perfect slice every time and fall in love with an intricately balanced center of fresh herbs, thinly sliced beetroot, toasted pine nuts and a rich serving of creamy blue cheese. Resembling a golden-hued baguette with a savory inside, our Plaited Pizza Loaf is a great way of keeping things fresh come dinner-time. By itself, it stands as a decadent entrée or an exciting main course. Sporting a woven crust, it styles dinner tables with grace, only matched by its equally enticing flavor.

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  • 1 portion basic pizza dough (for two large loaves)
  • 1 portion basic tomato sauce
  • 5⅗ ounces beetroots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ⅞ ounce olive oil
  • 5¼ ounces blue cheese, cut into little cubes
  • ⅞ ounce pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 1 tbsp lemons zest, finely grated
  • freshly chopped thyme
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp water



1. Combine the beetroot with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and bake at 200°C for approx. 35 min. or until tender.

2. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into an elongated oval shape. Carefully move the dough over to a piece of baking parchment, then cut the dough along the edge on both sides moving towards the middle.

3. Spread tomato sauce, baked beetroot, Creamy Blue cheese, pine nuts, lemon zest and thyme on the middle 1/3 of the pizza dough.

4. Plait the pizza so the narrow bands of dough on each side cross each other.

5. Beat the egg yolk with the water and brush the pizza dough with the mixture.

6. Carefully move the pizza on the baking parchment over to the hot baking sheet and bake on the bottom rack at 250°C for approx. 15 min. or until crispy and golden.

Serving Suggestion

Serving Suggestion

Enjoying intricate flavors and an all-encompassing crust, our Plaited Pizza Loaf recipe offers a unique angle on festive dining with classic pizza flavor and a blue cheese twist. Having been added fresh thyme and lemon zest, aromas are bright, running in unison with a dash of sweet tomato sauce. A light drizzle of balsamic vinegar and thinly sliced beetroot ensures that flavors retain their intensity when baked, resulting in golden treats perfect for sharing!

Serving Suggestion

Serving Suggestion

Rich, balanced and intense – when picking a cheese for your dish or pizza, it should always cater to other ingredients and nuances, delivering satisfying contrasts in return. The perfect cheese makes up for any gaps in flavor, while offering a toothsome dimension of its own. For this recipe, we chose our Castello Double Crème Blue as it provides rich flavor and a smooth consistency to follow. Seamed with blue marbling amidst a velvety center of creamy cheese, it offers complexity and nuance to this unique take on classic pizza. Slightly crumbly from maturation, it melts easily while flavors intensify, making this blue cheese a perfect addition to any pizza. Never too strong, never too shy, its coats your palate in a smooth wave, offering a satisfying finish that lingers. Enjoy colorful contrasts from zesty balsamic vinegar, subtle tomato sauce and vibrant herbs as the Castello Double Crème Blue imbues its distinct flavors and aromas to create a decadent profile of rich flavors.

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

Make your home-styled Pizza even more special with a drink that caters to the flavors of your dish. Regardless if you prefer wine or beer, the beverage you choose to pair with your dish works a lot better when it adds a bit of contrast. When dealing with savory Pizzas with intricate profiles of flavor, some beers might be too sweet, while some wines might feel too dry. It is all about finding the perfect balance in flavor, and it is easier than you think.

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

Our Castello Double Crème Blue intensifies in flavor as it bakes, making white wines, such as a fruity Riesling, the perfect match for the complexity and creaminess of this savory blue cheese. Soft red wines, like a gentle Valtellina Superiore also makes for a great pairing. A mild lager works wonders when partnered with a creamy blue and experimenting with the flavors that work best for you is sure to deliver a satisfying result.