In the cooler days of autumn, savoury baking is just as satisfying as the usual knee-jerk baking of cakes and sweet things. Try this crisp home-made pizza topped with potato, oyster mushrooms, mozzarella, fontina and kale. (Then, after that, give me cake.) If making the dough you'll need to rest it for two hours.
250g desiree potato, scrubbed
150g oyster mushrooms
3 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, finely sliced
2 cups tightly packed kale leaves
1 mozzarella ball, drained and torn
100g fontina or similar, coarsely grated
chilli oil for serving
7g dried yeast
1 tsp castor sugar
300g strong plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1. To make the pizza bases, mix the yeast with 200 millilitres of lukewarm water. Add the castor sugar, stir, and set aside for 10 minutes. Mix the flour and one teaspoon of salt in a bowl, and make a well in the centre. Slowly add the yeast mixture to the flour, drawing in the flour with your fingers until the dough forms into a mass. Add two tablespoons of olive oil, and continue to mix until all the oil is absorbed.
2. Turn out onto a floured work surface, and knead the dough until it is smooth and no longer sticky, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a clean bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and leave in a warm place for two hours.
3. In the meantime, cook the potato whole in simmering water for 10 minutes. Drain, cool and finely slice (unpeeled) into rounds. Tear any larger mushrooms in half and toss in one tablespoon of olive oil with the red onion. Tear the kale leaves into bite-sized pieces and massage with one tablespoon of olive oil.
4. Heat the oven to its highest setting. Divide the dough in half, roll out two pizza bases, brush with remaining oil, and arrange the sliced potato, torn mozzarella, oyster mushrooms, red onion and grated fontina on top.
5. Bake for five minutes, then scatter with kale leaves and bake for a further five minutes or until crisp. Cut into wedges and serve with chilli oil.