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Pizza Hawaii - The summer pizza with ham and pineapple

Actually, it has been way too hot the last few days - I am writing this recipe in August - to bake new pizzas and accordingly publish new recipes, but then I came up with the idea for a real one summer pizza. And let's be honest, which pizza is better than one in summer Pizza Hawaii with fresh pineapple and juicy ham. Do you really eat Hawaiian pizza in Hawaii? Scroll all the way down and find the answer, as well as a bit of history about the making of Pizza Hawaii.

Hawaiian pizza recipe

So let's bake a Hawaiian pizza, it's perfect for the hot summer temperatures, or when you sometimes just long for summer days. Or maybe just when the wanderlust strikes the Pacific islands. Baking a Hawaiian pizza is very easy and all you need is the following ingredients:

A slice of summer or, in this case, a whole pizza full of summer: Thanks to pineapple, the Hawaiian pizza is fresh and slightly sweet and therefore perfect for hot temperatures.


Ingredients for pizza with ham and pineapple ("Pizza Hawaii")

This is what your Hawaiian pizza should look like before it goes into the oven. The main ingredients ham and pineapple can be clearly seen

Pizza toppings

  • 1-2 slices of cooked ham
  • 10-15 1cm pieces of fresh pineapple (alternatively canned)
  • 60-70g (about half a pack) mozzarella or buffalo mozzarella and some Parmesan or cheese mixture according to our recipe.
  • 1-2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil (extra virgin)

Pizza sauce

There is a detailed recipe for the pizza sauce under the heading of the same name, but for the sake of completeness, here are the ingredients down to a pizza:

  • 200g fresh or 100g pasé tomatoes
  • some garlic
  • some fresh basil and oregano

Pizza dough

For pizza dough, we use our tried and tested, delicious pizza dough recipe. For the sake of completeness, the following are the quantities scaled down to a pizza:

  • 200g flour 405 (all-purpose)
  • 140ml water
  • 10g salt
  • about 1/10 block of yeast, about 3-4g

Preparation (recipe)

  1. Prepare the dough and tomato sauce according to the respective recipes, roll out the dough and brush it with the cooked tomato sauce.
  2. Cut the mozzarella into small pieces and distribute it evenly over the pizza (with the parmesan if necessary).
  3. Travel the ham into pieces by hand and distribute them evenly over the pizza.
  4. Now distribute the pineapple pieces evenly over the pizza so that they lie on both the cheese and the ham
  5. Take 1-2 teaspoons of the olive oil and spread it over the pizza
  6. Bake the pizza on a pizza stone at maximum temperature for 2-3 minutes.

Have fun preparing and enjoy your meal with another classic that is perfect for summer: Hawaiian pizza (with ham and pineapple).

Does Pizza Hawaii really come from Hawaii?

According to rumors, Pizza Hawaii doesn't seem to come from Hawaii at all, but from Canada, as you can read on Wikipedia, for example, but is that true? It gets even crazier if you look at the German Wikipedia page, here it says on the article for Pizza Hawaii:

Pizza Hawaii is not a Hawaiian invention, in Italy it is considered a "German invention" and a symbol for the "German bad habit of changing Italian dishes".

Well, what now? Hawaii, Canada or even Germany? It seems like we need someone who has done intensive research on exactly this topic and fortunately we find an English-language blog called the village voice, whose authors have done exactly this research.

Although Italians probably blame Germans for this pizza, the real origin lies in a completely different place.

Found in old local Canadian newspapers, research found that a certain Sam Panopoulos of Chantham-Kent, Ontaria, Canada actually invented "Hawaiian Pizza" or as we know it today, Hawaiian pizza in 1962 .

If you are interested in the history of pizza in general, I can also recommend the following post:


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