Making an amazing Pizza at home is always going to be tricky for one reason, Pizza should ideally be cooked at 400 C. With most domestic ovens the temperature tops out at about 220 C, but when you open the door to put the Pizza in this drops dramatically. A pizza stone ,or a block of granite can be used in your oven and this works well but I prefer this easy method as it is fun to do. I like make my own Vegan Mozzarella, and Pesto. Its simple and quick as long as you soak the Cashews first. The Mozzarella can be frozen for further use.
500g Strong White Flour
350 ml Lukewarm Water
7g sachet Yeast
Mix yeast into water and add to the flour and salt. Make a dough and kneed for about 5 mins. Cover the dough with a damp tea cloth and leave for an hour until it doubles in size.
While the dough is proving you can make the vegan Mozzarella.
200g Cashews covered in water and soaked overnight.
100ml Soya or Coconut Yoghurt
2 tblsp Tapioca Flour
2 tblsp Agar Agar in 300ml of water
Large bowl of Water with Ice Cubes
Blend the soaked Cashews. Add Yoghurt and mix in Tapioca Flour.
Put Agar Agar and 300ml water in a saucepan. Cover and bring to the boil. Simmer for 3mins.
Add Cashew mixture to the Agar Agar and stir in on a medium heat. Use a spatula to stir and stop from sticking to the end of the saucepan. The mixture will thicken and become stringy. Eventually it will wrap around the spatula, this means it is ready. Use a spoon or ice cream scoop to make balls of Mozzarella and put them in the ice water. The cheese will be ready for use in 20 mins.
Now is a good time to make the Pesto.
Vegan Basil Pesto
2 Bunches of Fresh Basil
2 tblsp Pine Nuts
2 Cloves Garlic
Juice 1 Lemon
2 tblsp Nutritional Yeast
4/5 tblsp Olive Oil
Cut the dough into required amount of pizza bases (3 to 4). Shape into balls and leave to sit while you prepare sauce and topping.
1 jar of Sundried Tomatoes in oil.
Blend the entire contents of the jar. No need to season this as it is salty already. Drain the oil if you prefer and add a fresh tomato to the blender.
Put the Pizza together
Put a dry frying pan on the high heat. Use your fingers to shape the dough the shape of the pan. Put the dough on the hot pan. It should bubble up and cook in 3 minutes.Flip it over. While it is cooking spread a large spoon of Tomato Sauce on base. Take a ball of Mozzarella, tear it into pieces and put on the Pizza. You can grate some Smoked Vegan Cheese for extra Flavour.
Place under a hot grill. When the Cheese is melted, remove from the grill and finish with a drizzle of Pesto and some Basil leaves, and sprinkle of Pine Nuts.