Flaming Banana Pizza (Pizza de Banana em Fogo)

Makes 8 servings

Banana pizza is quite unusual, and very good. Be adventurous and give it a try!

2 teaspoons dry active yeast
1 tablespoon sugar (or honey or substitute)
3/4 cup warm water
1-1/2 to 2 cups unbleached white flour
2 tablespoons plain wheat germ
1 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

1 tablespoon butter or soy margarine
3 medium ripe bananas, sliced in rounds
2 tablespoons light brown sugar (or honey)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons high-proof rum, for flaming (optional)

1. In a measuring cup or small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in water. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place until foamy, about 10 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together 1-1/2 cups flour and wheat germ. Make a well in the center and add yeast mixture, salt, and oil. With a wooden spoon or your hands, mix ingredients until a soft dough is formed. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, adding additional flour as needed to prevent sticking, until dough is smooth and springy. Place the dough in a large, lightly sprayed bowl, turning once to coat the surface. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 400. Roll out pizza dough to form a 12 to 13-inch circle. Place rolled dough on a lightly-sprayed pizza pan or baking sheet, and spread top with margarine. Arrange banana slices on top of crust, and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake in bottom third of oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until bubbly and golden. Remove from oven.
4. To flame pizza, pour rum into a large metal spoon, and gently heat by holding the spoon over a candle or lighter flame for about 30 seconds. When warmed, touch rum with flame from a long match. It should immediately ignite. Tilt spoon to pour flaming rum over the top of the pizza
This recipe courtesy of:
"Natural Land" the award winning natural living supersite

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19 November 1997
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