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Red Grape pizza – celebrating the bounty of the Cape

Posted on April 16, 2014 by in baked goods, rsg

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red grape pizza

Red Grape juice, yes! Red Grape Jelly, yes! Red Grape Pizza………. I’m not so sure! Well, I was wrong, it truly is delicious and I am so glad I stepped out of my pizza comfort zone and made it!

Red grape pizza is nothing new and many people have made it with a variety of cheeses and different grapes, but driving through our beautiful vineyards yesterday, I felt inspired to try this red grape pizza! At first I wanted to call it a harvest pizza, but on further inspection, I saw a harvest pizza is quite a tradition during autumn and the fillings are usually kale, butternut, spinach etc. Which I think could be quite a good option to try soon! So, a harvest pizza is not a red grape pizza! Jamie Oliver, makes his grape pizza with ricotta cheese, grapes, rosemary and honey, but some people even try blue cheese or  Pecorino!

red grape pizza

Last year about this time, I made mosbolletjies, because as with the red grape pizza, it is a seasonal thing and can only be made when there are grape must available, in other words harvest time. The red grape pizza is best made with the                 grapes because they are so intensely sweet. As I worked with the grapes yesterday I tasted a few and some of them are already beginning to taste like raisins, they are so sweet! Just perfect to pair with s a salty cheese, herbs and honey!

red grape pizza

We have such a lovely country and as someone once said: “After God made the Western Cape , He looked over His handy work and He lingered a bit!” This time of the year especially the beautiful wine lands is a tapestry of reds, yellows, oranges and a whole kaleidoscope of greens. As I arrived at the most beautiful Constantia Glen Wine Estate, I felt like lingering for a while to just drink in the beauty around me. On the estate they have just finished harvesting the Petit Verdot grapes which they use for the Bordeaux style wines and they are the perfect grapes to use for my red grape pizza! 

red grape pizza

Red Grape Pizza

makes 2 big pizzas


500 g ready made bread dough – I buy from my local bakery

200 g soft white cheese – ricotta, goats cheese or cream cheese

10 – 20 peeled almonds

250 ml small red grapes

15 ml honey

a sprig fresh rosemary or thyme


Preheat oven to 200 C. Line a big baking sheet with baking paper.  Divide the dough in 2 even sized balls and then on a floured surface, roll out two round pizza bases, about 3-4 mm thick. Spread the cheese evenly on the pizza bases. Scatter the grapes over the cheese, add  some of the fresh herbs and bake for 10 minutes or until the pizza bases are cooked. Before serving, drizzle with  honey and scatter the almonds over the pizzas.

red grape pizza

Tomorrow  morning  just after the 9 o’clock news, I will be  chatting to Ilse van der Merwe  or better known to us as The Foodfox about an exciting new blogging project!and he will be sharing this easy recipe with you!  All I can say is good things in life take time! I will also in weeks to come take you into the kitchens of other bloggers, chefs and interesting South Africans this year. So buckle up, it is going to be an awesome ride. Tune in 100-104FM or listen online here!

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