A really fun night with Burcu and her husband Cem – celebrating their housewarming and move to Singapore! So amazing that this happened and entering their home immediately had such a warm feeling of home already. (it was lots of hard work that went into setting it up!)
The pizza crust is shared originally by Burcu who also runs an instagram account @cakebender, with some stop motion videos by Cem! (He made some for us for tonight also!) Burcu does both savory and sweets, both home-style and gourmet (she went to Le Cordon bleu to learn, and they both used to go to Eataly also 🙂 ). Her pizza recipe is simple but so so delicious. We also made Sutlac, a traditional rice pudding and their family recipe, and we took turns stirring while waiting for the pizza dough to rise.
The Dragonfruit Mango Tropical galette was an accidental but really fun invention. Burcu had a mango in her fridge (the first mango she ever bought) that she wanted to blend with the sutlac originally. I brought over a red dragonfruit cuz it looked good at the grocery store and it’s a fun tropical fruit to share. We were going to top the sutlac with the tropical fruits at first! After we made our 2nd pizza though we wondered if we should make a dessert pizza. The usual me would try to concoct some sauce, maybe white chocolate or milk custard as I would be already concerned about the pizza dough turning soggy, or the fruits burning in the oven, but at the same time didnt really want to complicate matters 😛 We were also in the mood to experiment, and Burcu decided we should mash and spread the mango as the pizza sauce, then top with dragonfruit. Surprisingly the dragonfruit not only stayed moist and juicy, it didn’t burn! I think it’s a good thing that dragonfruit’s not a very sweet fruit so it complemented super well with the mango and sweet cinnamon sugar crust. Before it went to the oven, Cem came in with another brilliant idea, to fold up the sides like a pocket — which was an excellent decision because it held in the fruit juices so nicely! We then sprinkled extra cinnamon sugar on the sides, and the dolloped bits of butter throughout the pizza, and damnn the butter really comes through after baking. The sides tasted like auntie anne’s too, especially the small bits & scraps that we love picking on ^^
Welcome to Singapore again Burcu and Cem! 🙂 And please check out her instagram @cakebender for really cool recipes and food styling ^_^ So crazy that we’ve come so far from the Ketzev days! May we continue to cook together with new recipes and crazy inventions (not to mention the godzilla cake…) and with her “Travelling plastic bowl” that has lived from Wolman to singapore hehe.
Homemade Pizza Crust + Dragonfruit Mango Tropical Galette
Homemade Pizza Crust from CakeBender
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
Dragonfruit Mango Tropical Galette
1 red dragonfruit
|To make Homemade Pizza
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and knead until it forms a smooth dough. Leave for 1 hour until risen in size. Divide into 3 portions.
Roll out into discs to thickness of your choice and add on toppings! We used tomato sauce, followed by a layer of parmesean, topped with our favorites tomatoes, veggies, mushrooms, salami and more mozarella cheese. Roll up the sides and bake for 15 minutes in a 230 degree oven until cheese is golden brown.
To make Dragonfruit Mango Tropical Galette
Roll out the pizza dough into a large disc. Spread mango puree as the sauce and top with pieces of dragonfruit. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Fold up the sides loosely like a galette, and sprinkle on cinnamon sugar generously. Randomly place dollops of butter all of the galette – this provides a buttery fragrance that is not to be missed! Bake for 20 min in a 230 degree oven. Let cool, slice and enjoy!