Thursday, July 19, 2012

Buttery Crusted Sweet Corn and Tomato Pizza

It's Improv time! This month our ingredients are Corn and Butter-- fitting for July, no?  A big thanks to Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker for hosting this fun monthly challenge, where we get creative with two different ingredients each month.

I know what you're all thinking....where's the muffin? Am I right? I've gotten a little carried away with muffins lately, but I thought better of it this time. Not that corn and butter wouldn't make an awesome muffin, but I thought I'd better widen my horizons. To be honest, when I'm not thinking about muffins, I'm thinking about pizza. My favorite pizzas have a crispy crust and plenty of cheese and veggies. Sometimes there's sauce, but most often I just use a garlicky olive oil. Wouldn't pizza be a perfect vehicle for corn and butter? I knew you'd agree! Take a look at what kind of pizza I made....

Buttery Crusted Sweet Corn and Tomato Pizza

Buttery Crusted Sweet Corn and Tomato Pizza

A buttery, flaky crust topped with roasted sweet corn and fresh tomatoes--the perfect summer pizza!


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Provolone cheese
  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups roasted, fresh sweet corn kernels
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven (and pizza stone) to 500 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry knife or two forks, until the flour resembles a coarse meal. Stir the yeast into the warm water. Add the water to the flour mixture and stir until it comes together into a ball. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and gently knead until you have a smooth dough. Divide it in half, cover loosely, and allow to rest for about 30 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle some cornmeal or Semolina flour onto a pizza peel (or use the back of a baking pan). Using your hands or a rolling pin, shape one of the dough halves into a 10" circle. Prick the dough with a fork, slide it onto the heated pizza stone, and bake for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Brush the partially baked dough with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with about 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, a teaspoon oregano, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and 1/4 cup shredded basil. Top with about a cup of shredded cheese, or enough Provolone cheese slices to cover the crust, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Top the cheese with sliced tomatoes and 1 cup of corn kernels. Return the pizza to the oven and continue to bake for an additional 5-8 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with freshly ground salt and pepper. Repeat with the second half of dough.
Yield: 2 10" Pizzas
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 13 mins.
Total time: 43 mins.
Tags: pizza, tomatoes, corn, dough, flaky, buttery

This is a lot like making a pie crust, except I always use chilled water for that. This crust turns out nice and crisp...and flaky!

The silpat makes a nice spot for kneading your dough.

Semolina flour is a good change from cornmeal...not quite as gritty.

I happen to like my corn grilled, so I saved several cobs when I grilled on Sunday.

Just use a sharp knife to get the kernels off of the cob.

You can see from the side how flaky the crust is. As a bonus, it stayed crispy, even after a night in the fridge.

This makes for a good lunch and/or appetizer, no?

I wasn't so sure I would like the crust like this, thinking it would be too much  like a pie crust., but it turned out to be one of the better pizza crusts I've made. As a bonus, there really isn't any rise time. Buttery, flaky crust with ripe tomatoes and corn? Oh yes...this I will make again. It's a new family favorite! :)

Check out all of the other delicious Corn and Butter entries.....


  1. I can eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Looks unbelievably tempting and delicious!

  2. That just screams "summertime" to me. I'm definitely going to make this soon!

  3. This is so creative! And that crust is unbelievable. I have never seen butter used in pizza dough - it's flakey like pie crust. Mmmm...

  4. This looks like a pizza both my husband and I would like. One question, is the amount of yeast right? I always use much more when making pizza dough. Just wanted to make sure before I give this a try.

    1. was just 1/2 teaspoon ...I had to double check myself. :) It doesn't really rise, and I'm not entirely sure why it's there (cohesiveness maybe?), but it works.

  5. This is gorgeous!!! I've never seen a pizza crust like that. I can't wait to try it! YUM!

  6. This is definitely the most clever entry this month. I love it!!

  7. Oh my! Pizza & GRILLED CORN! My boys are gonna yell at me for not thinking of this, I'm afraid...

  8. Beautiful, beautiful! I'm a pizza freak and have never put grilled corn on a pizza - now I"m wondering why the heck not? Amazing recipe!

  9. Love this recipe! It’s very colourful and combines so many delicious flavours!

    My former roommate used to complain that it's difficult to find a pizza shop around here that has corn as a topping. It's such a great addition to pizza! Looks delicious along with the tomatoes!

  10. This is an awesome way to use corn and tomatoes. Now, this is good pizza.

  11. That looks delicious! I like to make a tomato and corn tart when they're in season, so I'll have to try give your pizza recipe as it looks a lot less fiddly :)

  12. Oh what a creative way to use this month's ingredients! This looks scrumptious!

  13. This is such a delicious looking dinner my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Corn on pizza?! That is brilliant!

  15. I love this pizza! This is summer on cheesy crust. Lovely recipe!

  16. Mmm that crust recipe sounds delightful. Corn adds such a gentle summer sweetness to food - it must be great on a homemade pizza!

  17. Wow, your pizza has me drooling, looks delish.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge entry: Fritos Crusted Pollock.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  18. This sure does look good!! And what a great pizza crust!