White pizza cut into slices

Vegan white pizza

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins - 18 mins plus rising & proving

Easy

Makes 2 large or 4 small pizzas (serves 4)

Make our vegan pizza using tofu, almond milk and other clever, dairy-free options. Choose from a range of toppings and sprinkle with fresh or dried herbs

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving (excluding toppings)

  • kcal543
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs97g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre4g
  • protein18g
  • salt1.3g
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Ingredients

    For the pizza dough

    • 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
    • 1 tsp dried yeast
    • 1 tsp caster sugar
    • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil, plus extra
      olive oil

      Olive oil

      ol-iv oyl

      Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

    For the white sauce

    • 150g silken tofu
    • 100ml almond milk
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • ¼ tsp nutmeg
      Nutmeg

      Nutmeg

      nut-meg

      One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

    • 1-2 tsp lemon juice

    Optional toppings

    • 1 sliced courgette, red chilli flakes, 2 tbsp nutritional yeast, rosemary sprigs, grated vegan pizza cheese, handful of fresh spinach leaves, cooked and cooled new potatoes, sliced
      Courgette

      Courgette

      corr-zjet

      The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

    To serve

    • fresh basil or oregano leaves, chilli oil and vegan parmesan
      Basil

      Basil

      ba-zil

      Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

    Method

    1. Put the flour, yeast and sugar in a large bowl. Measure 150ml of cold water and 150ml boiling water into a jug and mix them together – this will mean your water is a good temperature for the yeast. Add the oil and 1 tsp salt to the warm water then pour it over the flour. Stir well with a spoon then start to knead the mixture together in the bowl until it forms a soft and slightly sticky dough. If it’s too dry add a splash of cold water.

    2. Dust a little flour on the work surface and knead the dough for 10 mins. Put it back in the mixing bowl and cover with cling film greased with a few drops of olive oil. Leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hr or until doubled in size.

    3. Heat oven to 220C/200C/gas 9 and put a baking sheet or pizza stone on the top shelf to heat up. Once the dough has risen, knock it back by punching it a couple of times with your fist then kneading it again on a floured surface. It should be springy and a lot less sticky. Set aside while you prepare the white sauce.

    4. Put all the ingredients for the sauce together in a blender (or in a jug and blend with a stick blender) until smooth and slightly thickened.

    5. Divide the dough into 2 or 4 pieces (depending on whether you want to make large or small pizzas) shape into balls and flatten each piece out as thin as you can get it with a rolling pin or using your hands. Make sure the dough is well dusted with flour to stop it sticking. Dust another baking sheet with flour then put a pizza base on top – spread 5-6 tbsp of the white sauce mixture on top and add your chosen toppings then drizzle with a little olive oil. Put it in the oven on top of your preheated baking tray and cook for 10-12 mins or until the base is puffed up and the sauce is starting to turn golden in patches.

    6. Repeat with the rest of the dough and toppings – you may have a little white sauce left over which will keep for the next day in the fridge. Serve pizzas with fresh basil leaves or chilli oil if you like and sprinkle vegan parmesan over the top just after baking.

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