When you really think about it, pizza is just a real-time pie chart of how much pizza you have left.
Pizza is without a doubt the ultimate food. When you say you’re having pizza, people are excited; even bad pizza is still good pizza and of course most importantly it inspired a great moment in TV history which is quoted (in our household) more than any other TV moment in history… the Paul Anka Gilmore Girls scene.
I’m going to say something controversial to kick us off. Don’t @ me, but I’m a firm believer that if you are the one making the pizza, then anything can go on it. You heard me. Pineapple? Sure why not. Corn? Yes, absolutely… MORE PIZZA? YES YES YES.
But who has time to make pizza at home? Well as it turns out everyone does. Yes, real pizza has yeast and it needs to rest and it’s fluffy and light and crunchy and delicious… but we’re not making pizza for your fancy dough. If you want the fancy dough, go to an Italian Restaurant… or y’know… Italy.
But no, we want pizza and actually ask yourself the question, why do we want pizza in the first place? We are eating pizza because we want something that we can make that:
- Is easy and/or fast
- Is delicious
- Can be made in large quantities
- Goes well with whatever we’re drinking (alcoholic or not!)
- Goes well with Friday / Saturday / Sunday
- Keeps children happy and occupied
- Can be reheated or eaten cold in the UNLIKELY event of leftovers
Or any combination of the above. Simple, reasonably healthy, inexpensive and delicious pizza can be made at home alone or with friends or family and it does not have to take forever to make. You can go from not having any pizza at all, to this:
In basically no time at all. So in an effort to get you pizza faster I’m going to keep this post short, but just before I share our recipe, here are some top tips that you should bear in mind:
- The oven will need to be HOT, so please be careful!
- The base recipe makes 2 bigger pizzas, or could be split into 4 smaller pizzas and you can turn it into a fun family activity with the kids
- Equally, if you don’t have kids, you could make 4 pizzas and have pizza for lunch and dinner THE ENTIRE WEEKEND.
- We’ve put down 1 topping option, but honestly you can have whatever you like – just remember not to go crazy, if you have too many toppings in the middle of the pizza it won’t cook enough and it will be too heavy.
- If, before you make the pizza, you roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic and sit them in some olive oil, you COULD have some garlic oil on top of your pizza. I’m just saying.
- A good playlist on Spotify to listen to whilst you make Pizza is Perfect Italian Dinner, you’re welcome!
Piece-of-pie pizza pie
This is an easy, quick and reasonably healthy recipe you can make anytime if you want or need pizza. We can't help with the lack of ice cream after though.
For the bases:
- 300g Wholemeal Spelt Flour + 100g Plain Flour (or 400g Regular/GF Plain Flour)
- 3 level tsp GF Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 3 tbsp neutral Oil (we use Rapeseed)
- 225ml cold, filtered Water
For the tomato sauce:
- 1 tin Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 heaped tsp Tomato Paste
- 1-2 fresh cloves Garlic
- 1 tbsp Tamari (Optional)
- 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tbsp each dried Basil & dried Oregano (or 2 tbsp dried Italian Herbs)
For the toppings:
- 1/2 Red Onion, sliced incredibly thinly
- 2-3 Chestnut (or Closed Cup) Mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 2-3 tbsp Sweetcorn
- 1 serving BBQ Jackfruit (recipe below or to save time replace with any other vegan meat-alternative)
- 1-1.5 cup(s) shredded Vegan Cheese of choice (we like grating the Violife Extra Mature block)
For the BBQ Jackfruit:
- 400g tin Jackfruit (in water)
- 1 tsp Garlic Granules
- 1 tsp Chili Powder
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Liquid Smoke (Optional)
- 3-4 tbsp Sticky BBQ Sauce
- 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
- 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
- Pre-heat your oven to as hot as it can go (for us this is 250 C), remove any trays first.
- Line 2 trays with baking paper, then drizzle a small amount of oil, followed by a sprinkle of plain flour onto the baking paper where you’ll put the pizza (this will help the base be crispy).
- Drain, rinse and press the jackfruit (if using) lightly with paper towel and shred if in chunks.
- In a non stick pan on a medium high heat stir fry the jackfruit with the spices until the aromas start to be released (~2mins) then add the maple syrup, liquid smoke and BBQ sauce and cook for a further couple of minutes until thickened then remove from the heat.
- Put all of the tomato sauce ingredients in a blender (we use the Nutribullet) and just carefully blitz in short bursts until combined.
- Sift all of the dry ingredients for the dough into a bowl, ensuring there are no lumps, then add the oil and bring together, incorporating into small crumbs by rubbing together between your fingers.
- Add the water gradually mixing it in by running your hand in a claw through the ingredients until combined and then work together, kneading in the bowl for 30s.
- Split the dough in two, and using a floured rolling pin on a floured surface roll out the dough into a rough circle and then transfer to the respective lined trays (using your hands to neaten them up into circles).
- Put 1/4 of the sauce on each pizza smoothing out thinly to the edges of each (put the remaining sauce in the fridge and make MORE pizza later, or use as a pasta sauce!) and then top with toppings in this order: vegan cheese, mushrooms, onions, BBQ jackfruit and sweetcorn.
- Put the pizzas in the oven, either individually for 8-10 minutes or together for 10-14 minutes then leave to sit for 5 minutes to make them easier to cut and serve – then enjoy!
The world is a pretty crazy place at the moment so hopefully this post inspires you, and we would love to hear what you’re cooking and also we’d love to see your attempts at the above dish and how you change it to be yours, so tweet us @rockinblues and @PlantBasedSQL on Twitter and let us know your snug story!