Pepperjack Pesto Pizza

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Dearest blog readers, today turned out to be a trying day! I joyfully skipped into Sainsburys on the way home from work to purchase pizza ingredients. Oh yes, I skipped more joyfully back to my bike, clutching my fresh basil, and so forth. I cycled a few feet and realised I had a big fat flat tyre. WOE. I had to walk the remaining distance home in the rain.

So as it goes, by the time I got home, I needed this pizza real bad.

But more importantly, this pizza is dedicated to fuck yeah vegan pizza and for the tremendous shout out they gave my fledgling blog just the other day. This one’s for all the pizza lovers!

I made this pizza dough in my beloved bread machine – a basic pizza dough recipe with a few extra glugs of olive oil. For my teeny 1 pounder machine, the ingredients were thus:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • a generous few glugs of quality olive oil (or the cheapo stuff if you like)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups strong white bread flour
  • 1 tsp fast action yeast

Put the ingredients in the pan in the order shown, dough cycle, watch Buffy for an hour (final step not compulsory).

The pesto base is very much a variation of Chloe Coscarelli’s obscenely wonderful avocado pesto; I used a few softened cashews in place of the pine nuts, but so long as you cram all the fresh basil you can manage into the mix, it’s all going to be good.

And so! A generous smearing of pesto on the base, your choice of toppings (I used sliced onion, cherry tomatoes, chestnut mushrooms and red pepper) and a sprinkling of your favourite vegan cheese. I used Daiya Pepperjack because (a) now the title of this pizza alliterates, and is there anything more splendid than alliteration? and (b) I had some in the fridge. I could tell you how it got there, but then I’d have to kill you.

A ridiculous scene akin to a French farce followed as I tried to persuade the pizza to get on the red hot pizza stone, but due to my cunning and desperation, all was well.

And so, I think I’ve now entirely recovered from my unwelcome walk home in the rain. One hot bubble bath and all will be right with the world. I think the lesson here is just…….vegan pizza FUCK YEAH!

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