There’s nothing like a good pizza. It’s one of the things I miss the most after going vegan. And a good vegan pizza is even better! Although there are plenty of pizza joints in my area that offer vegetarian pizzas, I’ve yet to find one that caters to vegans. But being vegan, I also know I don’t have to go without. That’s why I created my Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Vegan Pizza with Cashew-Basil-Garlic Sauce. If you’re looking for a vegan pizza that’s to die for, you’ve definitely come to the right place.
But this vegan pizza wasn’t easy to come by. In fact, it took four tries for me to finally get it right. The first time I tried making a no-yeast version. My original recipe called for brown rice flour, which I had, and tapioca flour, which I did not have. But I did have coconut flour and I read somewhere that this could be used as a substitute. Bad idea. It turned out so bad, my dog wouldn’t even eat it.
My second attempt was a little better, but still didn’t cut the mustard. I cheated and used my Oster Bread Machine to make the dough which actually turned out really great. The only problem was, I didn’t roll the dough out thin enough and the pizza turned out more like focaccia bread instead of pizza, which wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t the kind of pizza I wanted to share with the world.
Whoever said the third time’s a charm didn’t meet my pizza. On my third attempt, I made the dough – ta-da – and it rose perfectly. But it was getting late so I figured I could put it in the refrigerator over night and finish it in the morning. Wrong again! When I woke this morning to start cooking, my pizza dough was so hard I could have used it as a baseball.
By this time I was out of ingredients, so I ran to the store and vowed to make this my last attempt to make this darn pizza. And boy was I right. I spread the pizza dough out very thin and it came out perfect. Just the right amount of chewy inside and crunchy outside. The toppings were well-paired and the caramelized onion was superb. It was so good, Michael and I ate the entire pizza for lunch today. Finally, I can rest and get out of the kitchen! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.