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Pizza Caprese with Cashew Cream

Pizza Caprese with Cashew Cream

The only thing better than pizza night is VEGAN pizza night!

I know for a fact that when people decide to go dairy-free the idea of giving up on pizza is quite scary, because, what is life without pizza? 

I could not say! I refused to let go, so I needed to find a way around it.

Since the struggle is real (I've been there), and I don't want to leave you hanging that way, today I am adding this vegan pizza recipe to the repertoire so you don't have to suffer the withdrawals ever again.

This vegan pizza is made with very few fresh ingredients, it's intended to be simple yet delicious, this way the next time you have a pizza night with your family and friends you can actually enjoy everyone's company and don't end up stuck in the kitchen all night. 

To make the whole process quicker and smoother try to make the dough ahead of time so you allow enough time for it to rise, 30 minutes is enough but the longer it sits the better, if you can make it the night before that'd be golden.

Excluding the time you'll wait for the dough to rise, everything else is easy peasy, your vegan pizza will be ready in no time, actually in 15 minutes time, which is almost the same as no time. 

From here, get ready to blend away because we are making our own tomato sauce from, well, tomatoes, of course, herbs, and nothing else. And we are also making our own cashew cream which will serve as a cheese substitute.  

Have you had cashew cream on pizza before? This will give our creation that creamy texture that you'd get from cheese, and I am not gonna lie here, the taste is definitely different from the "real deal" but it is still quite good.

In fact, I love the nutty flavour from the cashews combined with the tanginess of the yeast, it adds a whole other layer of flavours and you don't get that greasy feeling in your mouth you normally do after eating regular pizza. 

Now you have your dough ready, your sauce and cream nicely blended, it's time to put it all together. Simply flatten the dough in any shape you like, just make sure it's very thin. Spread the tomato sauce, place the sliced tomatoes all over, do the same with the cashew cream (you can use a spoon to do this), and into the oven it goes.

Leave it in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the base is nicely cooked. Once it is out of the oven, sprinkle some fresh basil on top to get that aromatic peppery flavour that accompanies tomato so well.

I am going to warn you, your house will smell amazing once this beauty goes in the oven and the smell will linger for a good while. 

Another great reason to make this delicious recipe at home!

Ingredients
8
Prep time
15 minutes
Total time
Category:
Serves: 4
Allergens: Gluten, Olives, Tomatoes

Ingredients

For the dough

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups pizza flour
  • 12 tsp sea salt
  • 34 cup water
  • 1 tsp yeast

For the sauce

  • 12 tbsp italian herb mix
  • 1 medium tomato (chopped)

For the tomatoes

  • 2 medium tomato (thinly sliced)

For the cashew cream

  • 12 cup cashew nuts (soaked)
  • 12 lemon juice
  • 2 tbsps nutritional yeast
  • 12 tsp sea salt
  • 8 tbsps water

For the basil

  • 14 cup fresh basil

Directions

  1. Prepare the dough by mixing all the ingredients and let it rise for at least 30 minutes, if possible let it rise overnight. The dough should not stick to your fingers.
  2. Preheat the oven to 480 F (250 degrees).
  3. Cover a baking try with baking paper and transfer the dough onto it.
  4. Work the dough into the corners until is as thin as possible.
  5. With an immersion blender, blend all the sauce ingredients and evenly spread it on top of the dough.
  6. Distribute the sliced tomatoes over on top of the sauce.
  7. To make the cashew cream, simply blend all the ingredients with an immersion blender until you have a smooth mix. Spread some dollops of the cashew cream all over.
  8. Bake the pizza for about 15 minutes or until the base is cooked and top with fresh basil before serving. Enjoy!

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