vegan pizza // with hummus

Who says you need cheese on pizza?! True story- I am a pizza addict. hah. I can literally eat an entire large pizza to myself- and have on multiple occasions. It was the one thing that gave me a slight hang up when we decided to go plant based- sans cheese. 

But this pizza- AMAZING!! I found the recipe on Steller in The Dreamy Leaf's feed. It does not disappoint. It's everything a pizza should be- DELISH!

INGREDIENTS
Dough
3 cups bread flour
1½ cup water
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp maple syrup (or sugar)
1 tsp salt

Toppings
hummus
any veggies you fancy - we lightly sautéed ours.


INSTRUCTIONS
from The Dreamy Leaf (edited slightly)

Dough

  1. Put the flour, instant yeast and the salt in a large bowl and mix them.
  2. Add the water to the bowl. Start combining and kneading with your hand. When the flour and water is more or less combined, add the olive oil.
  3. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes, using folding and pressing motions. The dough should turn out quite soft and stretchy.
  4. Cover the top of the bowl, wrap the bowl with towels, and keep in a very warm place if possible. Let the dough rise for about 40 minutes. It should at least double in size.
  5. When the dough has risen enough, split it in half (this makes two large pizzas).
  6. Now is a good time to start pre-heating the oven to 450F.
  7. Dust a clean surface with flour and hand-roll the dough into a pizza pie shape. Work from the center outwards so that you get the "pizza handle", i.e. the thicker crust at the rim of the pie and a thin crust where the filling will be. You can use a roller in the beginning if it makes it easier, but try to hand-shape as much as you can. Hopefully at this stage, you are noticing that air bubbles have formed in the dough. That is a good sign that you will have an awesome outcome.

Toppings

  1. Dust a pizza peel liberally with flour.
  2. Transfer the crust to the pizza peel and re-shape.
  3. Spread half of the hummus over the crust, sparing the outermost rim.
  4. Add the rest of the toppings (half of them, the remaining is for the second pizza pie) except the parsley- it gets added after the pizza is baked. 
  5. Brush the crust with olive oil and sprinkle some garlic + salt for a flavorful crust.

Baking

  1. The oven needs to be pre-heated to 450F before the pizza gets in there. A hot oven is essential.
  2. Having a pizza stone helps retain the heat and gives much better results. But if you don't have one, you can bake it on a parchment paper dusted with flour.
  3. Bake for about 17 minutes or until golden on the rim.
  4. Top with fresh parsleys.