Vegan Pizza

Our digital camera has been on the blink so I haven’t been able to post a food picture in awhile. Now that it is repaired, I’ll start with what we ate for lunch today – vegan pizza! As vegans, we don’t order delivery pizza anymore, but we still can enjoy it with minimal effort. We have a bread machine which makes homemade pizza crust a snap – the purchase was worth it if only for pizza crust! I hesitate to post this as a recipe because pizza is such a versatile food – make the crust, add sauce, and then use whatever veggies you have on hand, and top with a vegan cheese substitute if desired. Here’s what I made today:

Bread Machine Pizza Dough Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 -3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp natural granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp yeast

Pizza Toppings:

  • 1 cup pizza sauce, homemade or storebought *
  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, sliced into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 1/2 block Vegan Gourmet Mozarella-style cheese, shredded (optional) **

Preparation:

Add ingredients to bread machine in order given. Run machine on “pizza dough” or “dough only” setting until done. When dough is ready, preheat conventional oven to 475 degrees. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. This will make enough dough for a thick 12-inch crust or a medium-thin 15-inch crust. (15-inch crust is pictured – we like it on the thinner side.) Place rolled dough on a lightly oiled pizza stone or cookie sheet.

Use the back side of a soup spoon to spread pizza sauce on top of crust. Add vegetable toppings and shredded cheese, if using. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

* Pizza sauce is easy to make, and there’s a great recipe in Vegan With a Vengeance. But this time I “cheated” and used a can of Muir Glen organic pizza sauce. I only needed about half the can so I just froze the rest to use next time.

** Vegan Gourmet Mozzarella is the only brand of vegan cheese that I like – and I think it works great melted on a pizza. I do advise to go easier on the cheese than you might have with dairy cheese, as the vegan version has a bit of a stronger flavor. I don’t really taste the cheese on this pizza, but it adds visual appeal and a moistness to the pizza that is lacking when you omit the cheese.

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