Home-made Pizza: Vegetarian (and easily made vegan!)
Preparation time: 15 minutes + 15 minutes = 30 minutes total
Resting time: 1-2 hours
Cooking time: 17-22 minutes
Yields: 2 medium pizzas, for 4 people
I have good news (for me): I am increasing my resistance to wheat products, so yessss gluten <3 There are many good gluten-free products out there, but oh my have I missed wheat-based bread and pizza!
This recipe is very easy, and although you might feel uncertain the first time you make it, once you get it right you’ll love making it! It’s extremely cheap too. Plus, you can put anything you want on it. So here are my two favorite savory pizzas – goat cheese, maple syrup and rocket, and mozzarella, mushrooms, bell pepper and onions. To make them vegan, simply use vegan cheese!
The pizza dough recipe is by the great vegan blog Hot For Food: http://www.hotforfoodblog.com/recipes/2014/6/24/stuffed-crust-pizza?rq=pizza.
-1 cup warm water
-1 packet active yeast (7 grams)
-1 tbsp white sugar
-3 cups whole or white wheat flour
-1 tbsp sea salt
-2 tbsp olive oil
-Mix the warm water, the yeast and sugar in a small bowl, until it dissolves in the liquid.
-Leave the mixture aside for 5-10 minutes, until a white foam forms on top. If that doesn’t happen, you will have to do it all over again.
-In another large bowl, mix the flour and the salt. Pour the liquid mixture and 1 tbsp of olive oil in the middle of the bowl, like in the pictures below.
-Use a wooden spoon to gently mix it all. After a few minutes it should look like the picture below.
-Grease another bowl with olive oil and set it aside.
-Pour a bit of flour on a clean surface, fold and knead the dough three or four times (not more!).
-Place the dough in the greased bowl, cover it with a clean cloth and set it aside at room temperature, try to place it on the fridge or on the top of a tall furniture, and let it sit for 1 to 2 hours.
-It should get bigger and a more wet, like in the picture below.
-At this point, you can turn the oven on to preheat it at 500 F / 260 C
-Cut the dough in two. Flour a clean surface and roll the dough into a circle (or not…) in the size of the pans (it’s ideal to use the pans that have holes in them).
-Garnish it with whatever you want! I did one of tomato sauce, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, olives and mozzarella cheese, and another one with tomato sauce, goat cheese, maple syrup and rocket leaves (some walnuts would’ve been great in there!). You can really add whatever you’d like and what you have at home. You can even make sweet dessert pizzas, with chocolate and fruits! If you want to stuff the crust, simply add a bit of cheese to the edge and fold the crust.
-Leave the pizzas in the oven for 17-22 minutes. Serve and enjoy!