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Sicilian Pizza (Sfincione) Recipe by Chef Jeeny Maltese

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2


For the Dough:

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of yeast
  • 1 ¾ cups of warm water 30° to 40°

For the Toppings:

  • 6 cloves of finely minced garlic mixed with 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • ½ cup of passata
  • 250 g of shredded mozzarella
  • 250 g fresh mozzarella
  • Sliced cherry vine tomatoes
  • ¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 15-20 basil leaves
  • sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


  • Dough: Preheat the oven to 250C°.
  • Add all the ingredients to a standing mixer with the hook attachment or to a clean surface. Mix until combined and knead in a mixer on low speed for 2 to 3 minutes or by hand for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Cover with a towel and let double in size, about 90 minutes.
  • Next, drizzle some olive oil onto your sheet pan/deep baking tray that you will be cooking in, I used a 12”x18”x2” deep baking tray. If you have smaller ones, then divide the dough and make 2 pizzas or reserve the remaining dough in the freezer.
  • Form the pizza dough to the sheet pan so that it is completely covered.
  • Next, evenly spread on the garlic and olive mixture all over the pizza making sure to leave a 1” crust around the outside.
  • Evenly spread on the tomato passata also leaving a 1” edge around the outside and then layer on as followed: shredded mozzarella, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, parmesan cheese, basil leaves, sea salt, and pepper.
  • Cook the pizza for 12 to 14 minutes at 250C° or until browned and cooked throughout. Slice and serve!


Make sure to work your pizza dough enough, to develop the gluten and have a smooth, elastic pizza dough. You can add any of your favourite toppings to this recipe, anchovies, peppers, mushrooms, artichokes, aubergine, etc. 
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