Party pizza
Introduction

This recipe takes a little bit of advanced planning because the dough needs an hour to rise, but the results are well worth it! You can top your pizza with whatever you wish – the possibilities are almost endless – but we have offered a few suggestions.

This recipe is egg free
Preparation notes

The dough
Preparation time: 15 mins
Rising time: 1 hr

The tomato sauce
Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins

Putting it all together
Preparation time: 10 mins
Rising time: 10 mins

Ingredients

The dough
450g strong plain flour
1 tsp salt
2 sachets of fast-acting yeast
2 tbsp olive oil, plus a bit extra for
oiling the baking sheet
300ml warm water

The tomato sauce
1/2 tbsp of vegetable or olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tsp of balsamic vinegar
A good pinch of mixed herbs

Topping suggestions:
Peppers (red, green or yellow), diced
Mushrooms, sliced
Tinned corn, drained
Spinach and/or basil, coarsely chopped
Tomatoes, sliced
Black olives, sliced
Vegetarian Feta cheese, crumbled
Vegetarian or vegan sausage, cooked and sliced
225g vegetarian or vegan cheese (preferably mozzarella for pizza), grated
One 225g packet of cheese is enough for two 30cm pizzas.

Method
The dough 
  1. Sift the flour and salt into one of the large mixing bowls, and make a hole in the centre.
  2. Pour the yeast, oil and warm water into the centre of the hole.
  3. Gradually mix in the flour to make a soft dough.
  4. Turn out the dough on to a lightly floured surface and knead well until it is smooth, pliable and elastic. This will only take a few minutes. (Remember to remove any rings before kneading the dough).
  5. Place the ball of dough into the other large bowl, cover with a cloth and leave in a warm place for 1 hour, until well-risen and doubled in size. (This is a good time to make your tomato base and prepare any toppings).
The tomato sauce

  1. Heat the oil in the frying pan over medium heat, and gently fry the onion for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped tinned tomatoes, vinegar, and herbs and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Purée the sauce in a blender or with a hand blender.
  4. Set to one side.
 
Putting it all together

Stage one
  1. After the dough has had an hour to rise, turn the oven on to 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7.
  2. Turn out the dough on to a lightly floured surface, punch it down and divide into four pieces.
Stage two
  1. Knead each piece lightly and roll out until it is about 30cm in diameter.
  2. Oil the metal baking sheet and place one of the rounds of dough on it.
  3. Top the dough with the tomato sauce and any other toppings of your choice.
Stage three
  1. Bake in the preheated oven until the base of the pizza is crisp and golden brown, around 10 minutes.
  2. Remove to a large chopping board and cut into slices using a pizza cutter or sharp knife.
  3. Repeat with the other rounds of dough.

Variations:

White pizza: Instead of the tomato base, spread olive oil on the dough, sprinkle with finely sliced garlic and top with grated mozzarella.
Green pizza: Spread some vegetarian green pesto on the base and sprinkle with toppings of your choice.
 
 
© The Vegetarian Society 2009 – (recipe taken from the booklet Veggie Kids’ Kitchen, available for free from the Vegetarian Society)


Notes
Please note: Nutiritonal Information does not include toppings.
Party pizza