The Best Vegan Pizza and the Best Kind of Holidays

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 This past week me and a couple friends stole a few days to drive down the coast. One of my friends grandfather’s has a beautiful beach house that he kindly shares with the whole family. Even in the first month of winter the weather was amazing. So sunny and beautiful! We spent the whole time sun-baking, reading and eating pizza. 

Best holiday ever??

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I wasn’t even allowed to swim because of my recent tattoo but my new swimming costume literally arrived in the mail the day before! It was a sign that I should definitely put it on and pretend right? Also the water was absolutely freezing so I feel I may have got the best of both worlds. Plus the sun setting over the ocean was worth seeing just in itself. I can’t get over how beautiful the colours were. 

Going away even for just a handful of days made me realise how claustrophobic the city can get sometimes. Especially during semester when you spend so much time indoors working or staring at some kind of screen. It felt so good to get away from it, even briefly, with some of my favourite friends. 

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It’s become a tradition to make pizza every time we go to the beach house together. I think this year’s pizza definitely deserved some kind of medal because it was the best thing ever. If you follow my instagram you might have seen just how many vegetables we managed to squeeze on top. I know it’s not traditional! I know my version of pizza is sacrilege to any one who has been to Italy and eaten real pizza. But think of it more as a vegetable dish that happens to be constructed on a pizza base. 

Literally the best pizza I have ever eaten was sitting in a gutter. I was in Rome, we’d just been to see the Vatican, it was drizzling with rain and we were all starving. I got a piece of the tomato and pepper pizza with drizzled olive oil. Holy moly it was incredible. This pizza is inspired by that, with the addition of a wholemeal base and a few added flavours. 

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I think my favourite part is the tangle of basil and spinach leaves tossed over the tomato base, but you can really stylise your pizza to suit whatever you want. I baked slices of pumpkin as a topping but you could also use zucchini, flat mushrooms, sweet potato, onion, any root vegetable you like! Whatever you want really. 

If you eat cheese I highly recommend adding feta or halloumi as well 🙂 Have a nice week everyone! 

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Wholemeal Vegan Pizza (Based on Bourke Street Bakery) – Makes 1 pizza

300g strong wholemeal flour

1 sachet dried yeast (7g)

1/2 tsp sea salt

220ml lukewarm water

10ml olive oil

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1/3 butternut pumpkin, sliced and roasted until soft

1/2 jar of tomato paste

1 garlic clove, crushed

large handful of chopped basil and spinach leaves

1-2 sliced tomato, capsicum, zucchini

handful of sliced mushrooms

handful of sliced and pitted kalamata olives

optional: handful of feta, cheddar, mozzarella, halloumi, or all of the above

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Combine all the dough ingredients in a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook and beat slowly for 3 minutes. Increase to high and beat for 7 minutes. Put ball of dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave to proof for 20 minutes, then turn onto a floured board and use a rolling pin to flatten. Carefully transfer dough onto a baking sheet lined with paper. Preheat the oven to 220C (428F). Top pizza with tomato paste, then crushed garlic, then the spinach and basil. Arrange the vegetable slices according to what is flattest and fastest to cook from the bottom up, starting with the pumpkin. Top with olives and optional cheese. 

Bake for about 15 minutes, until the base is crispy and the vegetables cooked. You can easily double or triple the recipe to feed a crowd. Makes about 4 servings. 

39 thoughts on “The Best Vegan Pizza and the Best Kind of Holidays

  1. It looks like you have a nice crispy crust here. My test is to see if you can slide the pizza over the edge of the cutting board by about 10 or 15 cm without it buckling downward.
    Thanks the a new variation on an old favorite,
    D

  2. The pizza looks divine, Lilli! Also, loving the pictures of Australia- you’re making me want yo visit even more now! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  3. Awwh I’m super happy to see you had such a great time! That beach sounds amaaaaazing! And also, this pizza sounds mighty delicious! I really like how many veggies you managed you fit in! 😉

  4. You only mention it in passing (or did i miss it in a recent post – I have been slagging a little lately) you have a new tatoo?! Wow – never got one myself and it always facinates me when someone takes that step, makes that comittment 🙂 But that aside – I am totally with you in turning a pizza into a non traditional vegetable feats

    • Yeah I got it last week! There’s a photo on my instagram 🙂 I’d been thinking about it for 3 years and finally took the plunge! Yes haha I love squeezing as many veggies on as possible to my pizza!

  5. Lilli, one of the worst pizzas I’ve ever had in my life was in Milan, Italy. Can you believe it? On the other hand, the best was in Napoli in the south. It was just incredible, and so simple. Just tomto, mozzarella and a few basil leaves.
    Your pizza definitely looks in the ‘delicious’ camp. It looks perfectly rustic and homemade – my favourite!

    • One of the worst pieces I ever had was in Venice! how funny is that. I had the exact same tomato/basil/fresh mozzarella combo in Florence and it was incredibly delicious! Thank you, it came out looking much more “rustic” (ugly) than I hoped but it tasted great!

  6. So happy you left a comment on my blog, Lilli because now I’ve discovered yours! Such a delicious sounding recipe, and your time at the beach house sounds fabulous! I know what you mean about the city feeling claustrophobic during the semester, it’s so nice to escape and clear your head. I’m on summer break right now, but can definitely relate. Looking forward to reading more & I’ve just followed your instagram – love it!

  7. That sounds wonderful! I want to go to the beach too! I love traditions and going to that beach house and making pizza with friends is something to cherish for sure. The pizza looks yummy and I can’t wait to try it out!

  8. I tend to overload my pizzas with topping, so I love the look of your pizza!! I haven’t been to Italy, but I’d really love to go one day, their food always sound so good! 🙂

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