My husband was away on a business trip for Valentine’s day so it was just Olivia and me celebrating together this year. We went to the park and then for a walk on the beach and when we came home we made heart shaped pizzas. Olivia helped me mix the dough and pick the fresh herbs. I set the table with straw woven place mats and red striped cloth napkins and we had our romantic Valentine’s dinner together in candlelight listening to classical music. I couldn’t have asked for a better Valentines day!
Valentine’s Pizza Recipe
The recipe is adapted from Super Nutrition for babies by Katherine Erlich and Kelly Genzlinger. I used a combination of organic sprouted wheat flour for easier digestibility, arrowroot starch and organic coconut flour. To make a grainless version use only coconut flour and arrowroot starch or for a grain only version omit the coconut flour and starch. When using coconut flour instead of wheat flour more liquid may need to be added to the dough. You can also use store bought whole-grain flour but it should be prepared the night before by soaking 2/3 cup flour with 1 tablespoon yoghurt and 1/4 cup water overnight to make it more digestible and nutritious.
1/3 cup organic sprouted wheat flour
2/3 cup organic coconut flour
1/4 cup arrowroot starch
2 tablespoons softened organic pasture butter, plus more for greasing pan
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt or sea salt
1 organic pastured egg
1/2 cup organic raw pastured yoghurt (or any other type of liquid such as milk or coconut milk)
handful chopped fresh basil
handful chopped fresh oregano
3/4 cup organic tomato sauce (homemade or store bought in glass jar to avoid BPA from lining of cans)
1 cup grated organic raw pastured cheese
Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Mix the flour, starch, butter, salt, egg, yoghurt and herbs. If using coconut flour add more liquid (yoghurt or milk) to make it the consistency of dough. Grease a baking pan or cookie sheet with butter or use a baking pan lined with unbleached chlorine-free parchment paper. Spread the dough over the pan about 1/4 inch thick and form into the shape of a heart. Bake the dough for 10 – 20 minutes until it is crispy around the edges. Take out of the oven and first spread the tomato sauce and then the cheese over the top or add additional toppings. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until cheese is melted and golden. If you want to make mini pizzas for kids you can cut out smaller shaped hearts or use a cookie cutter.