TWD: Baking With Julia – Pizza Rustica

by Jessica on April 3, 2012

Pizza Rustica 3

I’m a super procrastinator. I mean, I could win an award for it. But, I’ve come to realize that I just work better under pressure. So, at 5 o’clock yesterday evening and under the threat of rain (i.e., no pretty, natural light left), I headed home to get dinner ready. I just knew I had waited too late to make this special, but it ended up only taking an hour to put together. I replaced the prosciutto with bacon, added in spinach and garlic and popped it in the oven. Fifty minutes later, the clouds had cleared and I had perfect light to shoot this little beauty.

The eggs really overpowered the bacon, spinach and cheese, so it tasted more like a quiche than a pizza. And obviously, I have a lot of practice ahead of me when it comes to lattice crusts. However, both C and Dad went back for seconds, so I guess that’s a good sign. 😉

Pizza Rustica

Pizza Rustica (pg. 430-431)
Source: Baking With Julia by Dorie Greenspan

Hostesses for the week are Emily of Capital Region Dining and Raelynn of The Place They Call Home. They’ll have the recipe posted on their blogs and for a list of Doristas who were a part of the pizza party, check out the ‘Leave-Your-Link’ post!

Pizza Rustica 2


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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Karen @ SoupAddict April 3, 2012 at 11:08 am

Of course, Mother Nature smiled on your pizza rustic with natural light – it’s just as she should have. 🙂 And you’re no slouch in the lattice department either, I might add. I agree about the eggs – it’s definitely Quiche Rustica!


2 tierneymarie April 3, 2012 at 11:17 am

Wow that looks good. I’m soooo jealous.


3 Carrie April 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

Such a pretty blog! Your lattice looks fantastic. I just kind of slapped mine on, now I wish I had tried a bit harder.


4 Susan April 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I’d never made a lattice crust before, either, but at least we had “rustica” on our side! LOL I think your tart looks great.


5 Lauren April 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Great-looking color combinations in the pizza! Spinach does sound like a good idea.


6 Melissa April 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I think your lattice looks great! And I know what you mean about procrastinating. I figured I had plenty of time since the dough didn’t have to rest and before I knew it, we weren’t eating until after 8.


7 yummychunklet April 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Glad you were able to squeeze in this dish!


8 Cathleen April 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Wow! Your pie looks beautiful!! Nice job on the lattice.


9 Kathy April 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I think your lattice crust looks great…it’s supposed to be rustic! Glad you were able to get it done and everyone enjoyed it! Happy Tuesday!


10 Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet April 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm

You had me at bacon!!! Yum!


11 bakingismyzen April 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm
12 spike April 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Your lattice crust looksgreat!


13 Amanda April 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm


I knew I forgot something I wanted to try in mine. The bacon is still sitting in my freezer waiting to be thawed. I’m thinking I might need to make this again sometime soon to correct this. 🙂

Love the lattice! Looks wonderful.


14 Elaine April 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm

How cool that everything worked out for you to get your pie done and photographed in natural light. Great idea to add the spinach. Your pizza rustica looks lovely!


15 Katrina April 3, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Way to get it done and it sure looks great! Love the bacon and spinach!


16 Im At Home Baking April 4, 2012 at 1:36 am

Yours looks wonderful! I too had to make mine at the last minute due to me thinking it was NEXT week, not this week!


17 Liz April 4, 2012 at 8:40 am

Beautifully done, Jessica! Yeah, I could have started mine a little earlier, too 🙂


18 tierneymarie April 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

Hey Jessica, I wanted to let you know that I’ve given you the Liebster Award! You can check out the details here: I hate leaving links to my own site in other people’s comments but there’s no helping it this time. Love your blog!


19 Megan's Cookin' April 4, 2012 at 10:24 am

I was baking right along with you at the last minute. Glad I made it tho, I almost didn’t! Your pie is so pretty!


20 Cher April 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Very lovely.
Glad nature cooperated 🙂


21 Wendy April 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I meant to write a comment earlier, but I just kept putting it off. 😉 Your pizza rustica looks delicious!


22 Nic April 5, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Good idea adding the spinach that probably made this feel more substantial


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