For this pear pizza recipe, the pears become sweet and tender, onions are savory with thyme and a simple balsamic syrup adds a bright pop of acid. We love the addition of the balsamic syrup, however, if you prefer, you could drizzle a small amount of honey over the pizza.
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Then, spray a baking sheet (with sides) with cooking spray.
2. Form pizza dough into a 15-inch by 10-inch rectangle (this doesn’t have to be exact, just close). Then, crimp the edges. Place dough onto baking sheet then bake for 8 minutes.
3. While the pizza crust bakes, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to a large frying pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the sliced onions, the thyme and a 1/2-teaspoon of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent and begin to brown around the edges.
4. Next, core and thinly slice the pear. Then, to prevent the pear slices from browning, sprinkle lemon juice over the cut pear and toss.
5. Evenly spread the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over the baked pizza crust then scatter the onions, mozzarella cheese, pear slices and pecan halves on top.
6. Bake the pizza 6 to 10 minutes until cheese has melted and starts to bubble.
7. While the pizza bakes, add the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to a small saucepan over medium heat then bring to a simmer. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until thickened to the consistency of thin syrup. Drizzle the balsamic syrup over pizza once baked.
then serve warm.