Margherita Pizza with Vegan Mozzarella Cheese That Stretches!

This recipe for Margherita Pizza is made from scratch using fresh vegan mozzarella cheese that browns and stretches! Even if you would rather use bottled sauce, and a pre-bought crust, whatever you do, please make Somer’s fresh ‘Moxarella’ vegan mozzarella cheese. It is so easy to make it’s nearly instant.

makes – 4 individual pizzas

Homemade Vegan Margherita Pizza from scratch using fresh Moxarella Cheese,a vegan mozzarella that browns and stretches! And it's nearly instant. Photo © Somer 'Vedged Out'.Ingredients

MARGHERITA PIZZA
fresh tomatoes
fresh basil

VEGAN PIZZA DOUGH
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2¼ tsp active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp agave syrup
1 Tbsp olive oil

 

PIZZA SAUCE
400 g can crushed tomatoes
3 cloves minced garlic
½ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried basil
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp agave syrup
sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

FRESH MOXARELLA CHEESE
¼ cup raw cashews
1 cup hot water
2 Tbsp + 1 tsp tapioca starch
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small minced garlic clove
¾ tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Method

VEGAN PIZZA DOUGH
Combine all ingredients and knead for 10 minutes. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 60 minutes until doubled.

PIZZA SAUCE
In a small saucepan sauté the garlic in the olive oil for a minute or two on medium heat. Add all the other ingredients. Reduce heat to low and let simmer while you make the Moxarella Cheese.

FRESH MOXARELLA CHEESE
Soak the cashews in water for several hours and then drain if you don’t have a high powered blender.

Blend all ingredients together until completely smooth (about 1 minute). Pour into a small saucepan and cook, stirring constantly over medium high heat. After a couple of minutes the mixture will start to look weird, like it’s curdling or separating. This is totally normal, reduce heat to medium and continue stirring so you don’t burn the cheese on the bottom of the pot.

Keep cooking and stirring until really thick (about 2-3 more minutes) and the mixture becomes like a cohesive mass of melted dairy cheese and stretches like in the photo below. Remove from heat and let cool a bit while you assemble the pizzas.

This vegan mozzarella cheese stays in a “melted” type form until baked, and then it forms a nice crust, like dairy cheese does. And it stretches! Note:
This cheese stays “melted” until baked, and then it forms a nice crust, like dairy cheese does. It’s not intended to be eaten plain.

Moxarella stores well in a sealed container in the fridge for a few days and can be used to make excellent grilled cheese sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, etc.

Putting It Together

Preheat the oven to 260° C

Your dough should have doubled by now. Punch it down and divide into four pieces. Roll out the dough on a floured surface as thin or thick as you like. We opted for thicker pizzas this round. Spread each pizza with quarter of the pizza sauce. Top with fresh tomato slices, dollops of the fresh Moxarella Cheese and fresh basil leaves.

Bake individual pizzas for 10-12 minutes on a baking sheet until cheese and the crusts are nicely browned.

Sprinkle pizzas with a bit of additional chopped fresh basil once out of the oven if desired. Enjoy with a large garden salad.

 

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