Caramelized Fennel, Radicchio, Pears and Goat Cheese Pizza

Recipe from What's For Lunch, Honey?    


2 fennel bulbs, sliced
1 teaspoon maple syrup
Small head of radicchio
2-3 small pears, thinly sliced
Soft goat cheese
Pecans, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon thyme spiced olive oil
150g herb quark,  simply chop up some fresh herbs of choice and mix into the quark.
Salt and pepper
1 portion basic pizza dough


Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.

In a large bowl toss the fennel with the thyme spiced oil. Heat a large skillet to medium-high and sauté the fennel slices. Add the maple syrup and mix. Once the fennel begins to soften, turn the heat down and sauté gently until the fennel caramelizes and releases its aromatic fragrance.

Make sure you stir frequently so that the fennel does not stick to the bottom of the pan. This normally takes 15 to 20 minutes.

Spread the prepared pizza base with the herb flavored quark, the caramelized fennel and pear slices. Break off a few edges of the goat cheese and lay out on the pizza. Finally sprinkle with the chopped pecans.

Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the base is crispy. Take out of oven sprinkle with salt and pepper then arrange the radicchio leaves over the top.

Allow to rest for 2-3 minutes, then slice.

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