03 April 2011

Vegan White Pizza

Pizza. The soft spot in every vegan's heart. Vegan pizza has existed in several forms, but they never... looked like pizza. This is a white pizza I made today (and ate half of before I remembered to take a picture for Vegan Chicago). A white pizza is one without tomato sauce, but with olive oil and garlic for a sauce.
You can certainly put whatever you like on the pizza (including the vegan kimchi I gave a recipe for), so for this recipe, I'm just going to give the pizza dough recipe. This will also mark the turning point in my recipes with it being the first to use ingredients by mass (if you don't measure out ingredients by mass, you should switch over, you'll thank me for it)

225 g bread flour
30 ml sugar
7 g active dry yeast
200 ml water
15 ml salt
15 ml Olive Oil

Boil water and place hot water into a liquid measuring cup. Add sugar, stir and dissolve. Drop a cooking thermometer into the sugar water and let the temperature reach about 43°C. Once the desired temperature has been reached, add yeast and let proof until the top gets foamy. Add the flour, olive oil and salt. Form into a ball, place in an oiled bowl covered with a warm wet towel and let rise for 45 minutes. Once the ball has risen a bit, turn out onto a surface and roll out with a rolling pin to desired thickness. Now, for this one, I put it on my cast iron grill first to cook the bread so the crust would be crispy on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Once this has been done, then you can build your pizza. This one was done with Olive Oil, a couple cloves of garlic (minced), basil and Daiya Cheese.
Happy eating!

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