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3-Alarm Fruit Pizzette

September 16, 2009 by Joan Nova in Bread, Pizza, Flatbreads, Food Challenge, Marrying Flavors | 15 Comments

Many of my non-food blogger readers often say to me  ‘where did you come up with that idea?’  Tough question since many ingredients and potential recipes are always floating around my brain. But this time I have an answer.

Foodie Blogroll, one of the online communities I belong to, hosts a monthly challenge called the Royal Foodie Joust. The winner of each month picks 3 ingredients which participants of the following month have to include in a dish. It’s a fun competition that stokes one’s creative juices. This month’s ingredients were: apple, cayenne and maple syrup. You see where I’m going with this?
It may make you sweat a bit, but the layers of flavors will totally entice. You’ve got heat from the cayenne pepper and jalapeño mustard; sweet from the maple syrup and apples; salt and gooeyness from the cheese; freshness from the cilantro, scallions, lime zest and starfruit; and crunch from the pumpkin seeds and toasted flatbread.
Ingredients: flatbread, apple and fennel (sliced thinly on a mandolin), shredded cheddar, sliced carambola (star fruit), cayenne pepper, maple syrup, lime zest, toasted pumpkin seeds, cilantro, scallion, jalapeño mustard.


  • Make a spread of jalapeño mustard, maple syrup, cayenne and lime zest blended together.
  • Mandolin slice apple and fennel.
  • Toast Flatbread.
  • Toast pumpkin seeds.
  • Chop scallion and cilantro.
  • Build layers starting with spreading mustard mixture over the flatbread, layer shredded cheddar cheese, then apples, fennel, and carambola. Decorate with pumpkin seeds, chopped cilantro, fennel frond, and scallions.
  • Place under broiler for a few minutes until cheese starts to bubble.

NOTE: Some recipes found on FOODalogue are offered without ingredient quantities. They're meant as a guide to food pairings and techniques to be experimented with … in your own kitchen … to your own spice and taste levels … to your preferred portion sizes … and to however many people you’re cooking for. A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!


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  1. Wow, I love this creation! The combination of flavors is incredible with the sweetness & the spiciness and the starfruit is so very pretty on top! I also love that you added the pumpkin seeds!

  2. Liz says:

    Joni, what creativity. Looks great! Liz

  3. norma says:

    Being that this is fennel season I think I will try this at a party that I am catering next week. You always come up with such exciting ideas and presentaions…..THANK YOU AMIGA!

  4. WOW, this is a KNOCKOUT, Joan! I love it! Thanks so much for your participation! :)

  5. Wow, good job of making something totally inventive from the ingredients Joan.

  6. Ivy says:

    Very creative Joan and lovely use of all three ingredients.

  7. Peter G says:

    Very creative Joan! Good luck in the joust!

  8. very, very creative joan. i love the combo of flavors – savory and sweet. GOOD LUCK! get that apron, girlfriend!

  9. Christine says:

    Wow, very creative. The combination of ingredients are wonderful.

  10. Lori Lynn says:

    Looks lovely! Very creative use of ingredients!

  11. Pam says:

    Yum! I love the flavors and colors of this pizzette.

  12. I was going to enter. Now I have no chance of winning:)

  13. RobinSue says:

    Joan you are so creative. You have brought together some wonderful flavors in this dish. Great idea and I can tell you are having a great time!

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