Yes, I absolutely love pizza. Whenever I make some, I actually bake two trays. Because I even like to eat it cold. And for breakfast. Am I weird?
You can find a few vegan and gluten-free pizza recipes on the blog. But I wanted another version that doesn’t use tomato in the pizza sauce. There is one recipe for pizza without tomato on the blog already, even though I would call it more of a tart flambee than a pizza. It is super delicious though, I recommend you to try it
But back to this flavoursome gem. Just recently I made a whole batch of ground paprika from my home grown capsicums. I had a fabulous capsicum season in my garden this year. And since I tend to use heaps of ground capsicum in my cooking, I tried to give it go and make my own. It worked out very well and I will have a little stash for a while
And so this yummy capsicum powder is what makes this pizza sauce a star – even without tomato! I promise. Add the magical liquid smoke and I assure you, your taste buds will have a party!
Makes one tray of pizza:
For the dough:
1 1/4 cup (175g) buckwheat flour
1 1/4 cup (180g) rice flour
1 tablespoon psyllium fiber husk (or freshly ground flax seed)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (250ml) warm water
1 teaspoon coconut sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon active dried yeast
1/4 cup (60ml) warm water (possibly 1 to 2 tablespoon more if needed)
some rice flour for dusting of the dough
For the smoky cashew capsicum sauce:
1/2 cup (70g) cashews
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon rice flour
1 tablespoon ground paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-2 small garlic cloves
1 teaspoon thyme
10 drops liquid smoke
1. Stir the sugar and dried yeast into 1 cup of warm water. Set aside until the mixture turns foamy on top.
2. In the meantime, mix the dry ingredients for the dough in a bowl. Once the yeast mixture is foamy, add it to the bowl with another 1/4 cup of warm water. Stir to combine. It should be a fairly thick dough. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water if needed.
3. Cover the bowl with a damp, clean tea towel and place it in a warm, drought-free spot for about 45 minutes. The dough should rise a little.
4. Once the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 220°C (top-/bottom heat). Line the baking tray with baking paper.
5. Scoop the dough onto the baking tray. Sprinkle generously with rice flour. Then press the dough with your hands to spread it evenly over the baking tray. Should it get sticky, sprinkle some more rice flour onto the sticky spots. Then place it in a warm spot, cover it with the damp towel and let rise for another 15 minutes or so.
6. In the meantime prepare the smoky cashew capsicum sauce, by blending all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Also prepare the toppings of your choice – I used onion and blanched cauliflower.
7. Once the dough on the tray has risen, pour the cashew sauce over it and spread it out evenly with a spatula or spoon.
8. Add toppings of your choice. Press them gently into the cream a little. Place in oven and bake for approx. 15 minutes or until the cream starts to brown.