9. Deep Dish Vegan Pizza

Feel like some major comfort food? Look no further than this deep-dish pizza. The ooey gooey dough will make your mouth water and this recipe allows for plenty of room for creative toppings.
Feel like some major comfort food? Look no further than this deep-dish pizza. The ooey gooey dough will make your mouth water and this recipe allows for plenty of room for creative toppings.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
4 1/4 cups white spelt flour, divided
1/2 cup olive oil, divided
4 teaspoons salt, divided
1 teaspoon agave nectar
2 cups raw cashews
3/4 teaspoon dried dill
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup water
1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Directions:

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in lukewarm water and let stand for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup oil, 2 teaspoons salt, agave, and yeast mixture. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. Continue to mix well until dough comes together completely and stir for 10 minutes to knead (the dough will be somewhat soft, unlike bread dough).

Cover the bowl with a damp dish towel and allow the dough to rise in a warm area for 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. In a blender, process cashews, dill, lemon juice, vinegar, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 cup water until smooth.

In a 12-inch cake pan, spread 2 tablespoons olive oil evenly over bottom and sides. Press dough along the bottom of the pan and slightly up the sides so that the thickness is consistent throughout the pan.

*If pushing it up the sides doesn’t work for you, it’s no problem; just leave a border at the edge of the ingredients so you have some crust to hold onto. You can even make two slightly less thick pizzas with this amount of dough.

Spread another 2 tablespoons olive oil onto the dough. Add your choice of sauce and toppings, and then pour cheese sauce over the top. Bake for 18 minutes.

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