A favorite for everyone is pizza! Make your own dough and bake in the oven. Not only will your house smell amazing; but you’ll enjoy every bite of this total comfort food. You can use store bought mozzarella, or any vegan cheese of your choice. You can also just use store bought marinara sauce if you prefer. Here I used some flavorful and colorful cherry tomatoes and some fresh herbs from the garden. Depending on the veggies if you are using, you may want to roast them a little ahead of time and then finish baking as the topping of your pizza when it goes into the oven. Have fun with whatever toppings you like!
This recipe makes two 10-12″ pizzas. I find that it’s easier to make two smaller pizzas this way; but you can also make one large one.
In a large bowl, add the yeast, warm water and sugar. Let sit for about 10 minutes for the yeast to proof (when the yeast gets slightly foamy). Next add the olive oil, salt and flour. Combine with a large spoon or spatula until it forms a dough. Gather the dough and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough a few times and place back in the bowl. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and keep in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size; about 90 minutes. Preheat your oven to 500F. If you are using a pizza stone, you’ll want to let the stone warm up in the oven as the oven gets to the desired temperature.
After the dough has risen, gather the dough again and place on a lightly floured surface. Form into a ball and then cut in half, making two separate balls of dough. Cover the one ball of dough that you are not using with the kitchen towel so that it doesn’t dry out. With floured hands, start to form the first ball of dough into a roughly round shape; making sure there are no holes in the dough as you stretch it. You can also use a rolling pin here instead if you prefer. Once you have your pizza shape ready (it doesn’t have to be perfect), carefully place it on a baking sheet or pizza stone that is sprinkled with the cornmeal (this will prevent sticking). Add your sauce and cheese, or whatever toppings you like. Bake for 10 minutes or until the dough gets a little browned. Let cool for a few minutes then slice. Repeat with remaining ball of dough.