Friday, January 4, 2013

Healthy Vegan Personal Pan Pizza with Cashew Cheese and Cucumbers:

All that I can say about this one is..."YUM!" Haha. Anyways, if you're looking for a fluffy and delicious pizza that you can have all to yourself, look no further. Make the dough the night before and leave out for a few hours to re-rise for extra fluff. My little sister didn't like the cucumber on it, but I thought that it gave the pizza a fresh flavor. Obviously, you can use whatever ingredients you'd like, but I do really love how the sour flavor of the mild pepper rings compliments the flavor of the nutty cashew cheese. 


Pizza Dough: (makes 4 6-inch pizza doughs)
2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 to 2 cups cold water
1/2 tbsp. olive oil + more for coating
1 1/2 tsp. yeast
1 tsp. sugar
Dash of salt 


1. Add all of the ingredients except the water to a large bowl, and sift them together.

2. Stir in the water 1/2 cup at a time until a dough has formed. The dough will be sticky, but not super sticky.

3. Knead the dough for 7 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.

4. Form the dough into a ball, coat it with olive oil, and let it rise for 2 hours.

Other Ingredients: (Divided in 4 for 4 pizzas)
3/4 cup cucumber, sliced
3/4 cup mild pepper rings
A few dashes of coarse Kosher salt
A few dashes of crushed black pepper
Rice Parmesan* (optional)


1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Sprinkle a pan or baking sheet with corn starch (to prevent the dough from sticking).

2. Lay your pizza dough out on a pan: pretend you're a professional pizza chef for a second...take the ball of dough in your hands, and form a thick circle with it by moving it around on your knuckles. Place it in the pan. Let it rise for another 20 to 45 minutes. (If letting it rise for a longer than 20 minutes, wait to preheat your oven).

3. Once the dough has risen, precook it in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes.**

4. Take the dough out of the oven, and layer it with the cashew cream and mild pepper rings. Sprinkle it with a dash of Kosher salt, and bake it for another 10 minutes. Add crushed red pepper and rice Parmesan if you have it.

* You can buy Galaxy Foods Rice Parmesan at most grocery stores these days. I find it difficult to distinguish from real Parmesan cheese. It's delicious. If you can't find it, however, you can always grind up some almonds, sea salt, and sesame seeds in your food processor to make your own vegan "Parmesan." 
**Oven times vary, so you may have to bake the dough for less time or for longer than I did. 


  1. Oh, how brilliant - any pizza that is all mine is a winner in my view :) I am yet to try nut cheeses (I don't like regular cheese so I have never felt the need) but think I'm getting curious enough to give it a go.

    1. Haha. Same here. I love pizza when you have to share it, but it's even better when you have it all to yourself. You have to try nut cheeses! They are so delicious and surprisingly easy to make.


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