Vegan Margherita Pizza with Cashew Mozzarella
Servings Prep Time
8people 20minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Servings Prep Time
8people 20minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Ingredients
Pizza Dough:
  • 1tbls active yeast
  • 1/2cup Warm Water
  • 1.25cup flourdivided, (unbleached all purpose or half of all purpose and half whole wheat pastry flour/spelt)
  • 1tbls semolina flour or use wheat flour
  • 1/3tbls salt
  • 2tbls olive oil
Pizza Sauce:
  • 1/4cup unsalted tomato paste
  • 1/3cup water
  • 1tbls extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1pis clove of garlic minced1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1tbls each dried oregano dried basil
  • 1/4tbls dried thyme or rosemary
  • 1/8tbls onion powder
  • 1/8tbls salt
  • dash of black pepper
Cashew Mozzarella cream:
  • 1/2cup cashews soaked
  • 1cup water
  • 2tbls extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1tbls flour
  • 1/2tbls garlic powderuse rice flour or 2 tsp cornstarch for glutenfree
  • 3/4tbls salt
  • 1tbls lemon juice
  • 1/4tbls onion powder
  • 1/2tbls misouse chickpea miso for soy-free, or use 1-2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • Fresh basil extra virgim olive oil and pepper flakes for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 435 deg F (225 C). Soak the cashews in hot boiling water if you havent already.
  2. Pizza Base: Mix the warm water with yeast and 1 tbsp flour. Mix well and let sit for 2 mins.
  3. Mix the salt and semolina into the rest of the flour. Add the flour and oil to the yeast mixture and mix. Mix till just about combined. Let it sit for a minute.
  4. Oil your hands and bring the dough together till just about smooth. Use a tsp or so more flour(or water if you used wheat flours), if needed. Don’t knead it longer than a few seconds. Cover with a towel and let it sit near the preheating oven for 15 mins.
  5. Cashew Mozzarella Cream: Drain the cashews. Add to a blender with the rest of the ingredient. Blend until smooth. Add to a skillet over medium heat. Cook to thicken evenly. 4 to 6 mins. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking at the bottom and lumping.
  6. Prep the pizza sauce: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Taste and adjust salt and flavor. Add a pinch of sweetener if needed.
  7. Oil your hands and transfer Pizza dough to a parchment lined baking sheet. Using some flour shape the dough into a flat ball, then spread using your hands. Keep spreading to make a large pizza or make 2 small pizzas (see video). You want to spread the dough thin, as it will rise quite a bit during baking and make a bready crust if it was too thick to begin with.
  8. Spread the pizza sauce all over. Add some fresh basil and place tomato slices over the basil. Sprinkle a pinch of salt. (you can also add other thinly sliced veggies at this point). Add spoonfuls of the mozzarella cream on the pizza.
  9. Drizzle a tsp of extra virgin olive oil. Then Bake for 13 to 14 mins. (Broil for a minute if needed), Remove from the oven and add fresh basil and pepper flakes. Slice and serve, See Storage and Freezing instructions in notes.
Recipe Notes
  • Store: You can make the cashew mozzarella ahead and refrigerate for upto 3 days in a closed container. Pizza sauce can also be made ahead and refrigerated for upto 4 days.
  • Freeze: Freeze the pizza dough with the sauce and tomatoes or veggies if using, and without the cheese. Freeze on a tray, once fully frozen, store in an airtight ziplock with least amount of air around the pizza.
  • To cook frozen Pizza: Preheat the oven. Add cheese and other toppings on the frozen pizza in the oven and bake for 16 to 17 mins
  • Gluten-free: Use my Gluten-free pizza crust options(listed just above recipe), Use rice flour in the cashew cream for thickening.
  • Nut-free: Use one of my nut-free alfredo sauce. Thicken the sauce with a few tsps flour if needed and then scoop spoonfuls on the pizza.