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Friday, July 14, 2006

Easy Vegan Pizza Crust Recipe (Yeast-free)

Easy Vegan Pizza Crust (Yeast-free)

1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground (powdered) cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. cornstarch + 2 Tbsp. water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup rice milk (or soy milk)
sesame seeds (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease a pizza pan (or cover pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease, for easier clean up). Mix together all dry ingredients in a medium-large bowl. Stir the cornstarch and water together in a small glass or mug until perfectly smooth (no lumps). Add the cornstarch water, oil and rice milk to the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined and a dough is formed.

Place ball of dough in the middle of the pizza pan and press out in all directions until it fits the pan. (optional: sprinkle top with sesame seeds as desired.) Bake for 10 minutes before adding toppings.

After baking for 10 minutes, remove from oven and top with your favorite pizza sauce, toppings of your choice, and then soy cheese (optional), in that order. (We usually don't even use cheese.)

Then put the pizza back in the oven for another 10 minutes.


Sesame Seeds? Cheese over the toppings??
Trust me...I used to work at a restaurant that made excellent pizzas, which is where I got the sesame seed idea, it's fabulous! Another tip I learned there was to put the sauce on, then the toppings, then the cheese. If you use cheese, it always tastes better when the toppings are cooked beneath the cheese instead of on top!

Unusual toppings:
One day my daughter asked to have apple pieces on her pizza, so I made a garlic/pine nut/apple topped pizza and it was so delicious that we make it all the time now!

Another time I put some leftover pasta (elbow macaroni that was mixed with red sauce) on top of our pizza, and everyone surprisingly loved that too. Be creative, you never know what seemingly odd thing might be your new favorite recipe!

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