VEGAN MINI PIZZAS

VEGAN MINI PIZZAS
VEGAN MINI PIZZAS

INGREDIENTS
  1. PIZZA DOUGH (make a day ahead)
  2. 500 g / 4 cups high-gluten all-purpose or bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  3. 10 g / 1½ tsp salt
  4. 1 tsp instant dried yeast
  5. 4 tbsp / ¼ cup olive oil
  6. 300 ml / 1¼ cups ice-cold water
  7. semolina flour, to prevent dough sticking
TOPPINGS
  1. favourite tomato sauce, shop-bought or homemade
  2. favourite vegan pesto, shop-bought or homemade (I made mine with rocket and pistachios)
  3. 1 tbsp pine nuts, raw
  4. 2 small courgettes, sliced thinly on a mandolin
  5. 15 black olives, sliced
  6. 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  7. 30 g / 1 oz fresh baby rocket / arugula
  8. a chunk of vegan cheese, I used homemade vegan feta(optional)
  9. ½ tsp pul biber (mild chilli flakes)
  10. salt & pepper
METHOD
  1. Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Pour in the olive oil and water. Stir everything together with a large wooden spoon. Bring the mixture together with your hands – you may need to add a touch more water if the dough is too dry.
  3. When the mixture has mostly stuck together turn the mixture out on to a work surface or bread board.
  4. Knead the mixture by holding one end of the dough in one hand and stretching it out with the other hand (see photo below). Reform the dough, turn it 90 degrees and start again. Repeat this for 10-15 minutes, until the dough is elastic and smooth.
  5. When the dough is smooth, put it in a large mixing bowl, coat it in a thin layer of olive oil and cover with a piece of cling-film. Place in the fridge to ferment it overnight.
  6. On the next day, punch the air out of your dough and divide it into 20 even portions.
  7. Heat up the oven to as hot as it will go (for me, it was 250° C / 480° F with fan function on). If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven and allow it to heat up for 45 minutes at least. If you don’t have a pizza stone, use a stainless steel baking tray if you have one. Place it in the oven 10 minutes before baking the mini pizzas.
  8. Sprinkle the workbench with a generous amount of semolina flour. Roll each portion of the dough into a ball and then flatten it into a small disc – as thin as you can manage.
  9. Spread the tomato sauce or vegan pesto on the base and decorate it with raw zucchini slices, raw tomato slices, olives and pine nuts, leaving a bit of room for things like fresh rocket or vegan feta cheese (if using).
  10. Place as many mini pizzas as you can fit on the preheated pizza stone or baking tray. Use a floured spatula to lift each mini pizza off the floured workbench.
  11. Bake for about 7-8 minutes, until the crust and the toppings are gently charred and the base is cooked.
  12. Decorate with fresh rocket, sprinkle with pepper, pul biber (mild chilli) and salt if needed.