Recipe courtesy of Alex Guarnaschelli

Grilled Peach Melba Pizza with Crunchy Lemon Zest Topping

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 10 min (includes rising and chilling times)
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: four 8-inch pizzas
I keep a bag of this tasty topping in the freezer at all times and am always happy to have it. You can also crush store-bought cinnamon cookies on top to save time. While poaching the peaches adds an extra step, they grill up juicy and tender. You also get a delicious sauce to top your pizzas with!


Pizza Dough from Scratch:

The Topping:

The Peaches:

The Pizza:


  1. The yeast: For the pizza dough, combine the yeast and warm water in a bowl of an electric mixed fitted with the paddle attachment. Stir to dissolve the yeast and allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes.
  2. The dough: Using a sieve or strainer, sift about half of the flour over the yeast mixture and blend on low speed for 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, the salt, vinegar, honey and remaining flour and mix to blend. With the mixer on medium low, mix the dough 5 to 7 minutes until it becomes a smooth ball in the bowl. 
  3. Rest: Lightly oil a bowl with the remaining olive oil and place the dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest in a warm place, until it has doubled in volume, about 1 1/2 hours. 
  4. The dough rounds: Press gently on the dough and turn it onto a floured surface. Divide the dough into 4 pieces, rolling each into a loose ball. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow the dough to rest for an additional 15 minutes.  
  5. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. 
  6. Flatten each ball, then roll and gently stretch into an 8-inch round. Place each round on a pizza peel or the bottom side of a floured baking sheet. 
  7. Prebake: Place the pizza rounds on the center racks of the oven and bake until they become firm and rigid, about 5 minutes.  
  8. The topping: In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Work the butter in with your hands until the mixture is moist and resembles small peas. Arrange on a baking sheet fitted with parchment, bunching into small clumps, and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes and up to 4 hours. 
  9. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  10. Bake: Place the baking sheet with the topping in the center of the oven and bake until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Grate lemon zest over the top. Cool. 
  11. The peaches: In a wide saucepan, combine the granulated sugar and vanilla with 2 cups water over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the peaches, cover and poach gently until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the peaches with a slotted spoon and transfer to a baking sheet to cool. Add half of the raspberries and the balsamic to the liquid and simmer until syrupy, 10 to 15 minutes. You should have about 1/2 cup liquid. 
  12. Get ready: Preheat the grill on high. 
  13. Grill the peaches: Lightly oil a kitchen towel with canola oil and oil the grill so the fruit won’t stick. Arrange the peaches in a single layer on the grill and char on all sides until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the grill. Slice the peach halves into a few smaller pieces. 
  14. The pizza: Clean the grill thoroughly and oil again with canola oil.  
  15. Grill the pizzas: Arrange each precooked pizza round on the bottom of a baking sheet fitted with parchment paper or on a floured pizza peel. Slide the pizzas right on to a hot (but not hottest) part of the grill. Close the lid and cook 2 to 3 minutes.  Move and flip the pizzas gently to a less hot area and cook until browned, an additional 2 to 3 minutes. 
  16. Finish: Transfer the pizza rounds to a serving platter. Top with dollops of ricotta, the grilled peaches, remaining fresh raspberries, the raspberry balsamic syrup, streusel topping and lemon zest.