Hybrid Mushroom Pizza Tarte – New Recipe and Spanish New Year’s Tradition

Happy new year everybody! How did you spend New Year’s Eve? In the morning I was in quite good spirit, I worked out and cleaned the kitchen. The laundry was done quickly and I had a great or crazy idea, what to make for dinner. I prepped the yeast dough during lunchtime and attempted taking a little nap to party all through the night. By party I mean to watch the first two Harry Potter films, choke on some grapes (Spanish tradition) and watch the fireworks. Sounds like an ideal night, right? I might not be a party person, but that sounds like a party to me.

What is a Hybrid Mushroom Pizza Tarte?

My new invention, or at least I think that it is a new invention, worked so well. My Hybrid Mushroom Pizza Tarte was a total success. It might just be the greatest thing I have ever made. It was so good, that I made it the following day again with leftover dough. Therefore I think it counts as tested. If you like parties, you could make mini versions of the Hybrid Mushroom Pizza Tarte. This recipe really needs a different name, but I draw a total blank. It’s a bit long, right?

Why spend New Year’s Eve choking on grapes?

After dinner New Year’s Eve went down the drain. I got a migraine and fell asleep halfway through the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone, if you are American). My only triumphant moment was not choking on twelve grapes in the twelve seconds leading up to midnight. It is a crazy Spanish tradition, which is supposed to bring you luck next year. You’re also supposed to make a wish with every grape, but I don’t know how you are supposed to manage that. So far I have never managed it, yet I keep trying. Do you have any weird traditions in your country? Possibly less lethal ones?


Alcohol and fire – a bad combination

After not choking on grapes I watched the fireworks, which were so beautiful until my apparently lightly intoxicated neighbours set some sort of package on fire right next to a parked car. I was convinced that I would have to call the fire department or an ambulance. Luckily the package stopped burning after a little while. Who thought that it would be a good idea to encourage the combination of alcohol and fire? How did you celebrate New Year’s Eve? I really hope, you had a better time than I did. Though I got a new delicious and easy recipe out of the ordeal, so it wasn’t too bad. Harry Potter isn’t going anywhere.

Hybrid Mushroom Pizza Tarte


250 gr all-purpose Flour

1/2 packet of dry active yeast

1 Tbs. Semolina

2 Tbs. Olive Oil

200 ml lukewarm water

1/2 Tsp. Salt
1 Tbs. Olive Oil

1 Medium Onion

250 gr Mushrooms

75 gr Créme Fraiche

75 gr Sour cream




Grated Cheese (Cheddar or Gouda)


1. Put the flour, semolina and yeast into a bowl and mix it together.

2. Make a well in the middle and pour some of the water into it. Put the salt on one side of the well. Hold some water back and use it when the dough is too dry. Add the oil and knead everything together into a homogenous dough.

3. Cover the dough with a wet tea towel and leave it to prove until it has doubled.

4. Clean the Mushrooms and slice them. Put them aside for later.

5. Peel and slice the onion into rings.

6. Put a pan with olive oil on high heat and sauté the onions. Once the onions are glassy, add the mushrooms and sauté them as well. This way they lose most of their moisture. Not too long, as it will still bake in the oven. Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper to taste.

7. Roll out the dough into an oval shape (or like a pizza) and put it on a lined baking sheet.

8. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

9. Stir together the créme fraiche and sour cream.

10. Spread the créme fraiche and sour cream on the dough. Put the onions and mushrooms on top. Sprinkle some parsley and grated cheese over it.

11. Put the pizza/tarte on the lower rack in the oven and bake for about twenty to thirty minutes until golden.

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