Vegetarian Pizza with bread flour

Vegetarian pizza with bread flour

It is surprising how simple and straightforward it is , to make a homemade vegetarian pizza from scratch. The taste is very fresh and it is not too much of an effort , except the kneading part for some. If you are using a stand mixer for kneading , then it is a breeze and done quickly. In the past , I always used all-purpose flour to bake pizza , and the outcome was pretty good. But I had read about how using bread flour would give it a little more texture.So I wanted to try that out.

Bread flour for Vegetarian Pizza

Bread flour has more gluten and protein than regular all-purpose flour.The high content of gluten, gives the baked goods a firmer structure , and allows it to stretch and rise . It was a bit of a challenge to find bread flour in the aisles of our local grocery stores .Luckily ,I could order it online .King Arthur’s brand has a good review from most people who use it and I was able to get that . The pizza made with the bread flour turned out really good, and I got great reviews from all at home.

Good quality yeast plays an important role and helps in dough rising .I used the Fleischmann’s Classic Bread Machine Instant Yeast .Make sure the date is not expired , otherwise it will not work well. You can use the active dry yeast as well , but that needs to be bloomed. To bloom the yeast , add warm water ,sugar and yeast in a bowl and let it sit till it forms bubbles .Add some portion of the flour , salt , Italian spices , and knead well .If you are using a stand mixer to knead, the dough will be ready in about 5 minutes. However one can also knead well using hands, but it will take longer ,about 10 minutes .

Place the dough in a warm place .The dough will double up in size in about 30 minutes.You can use store bought pizza sauce or make your own with canned tomato paste and spices.Spread the sauce and top it with mozzarella cheese and vegetable of your choice. Enjoy baking!

Vegetarian Pizza using Bread Flour
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 

Delicious Pizza made with bread flour , mozzarella cheese and Vegetable toppings

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bread flour, Vegetarian Pizza, yeast
Ingredients
Pizza Dough
  • 2 2/3 cups bread flour or all-purpose Flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast 1 packet
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder or dried basil leaves optional
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Pizza Sauce
  • 1 can Tomato paste 6 ounce
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Italian herbs Increase quantity if you like
  • 1 tsp Honey or brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
Others
  • 1 block fresh mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup fresh vegetables of your choice like bell peppers, olives, mushroom, onions, tomatoes, basil cut length wise
Instructions
To Make the Pizza base
  1. In a large bowl combine 1 cup of flour , instant yeast, sugar,salt and dried basil (if using) .

  2. Add olive oil and water and mix well.

  3. Add another cup of flour gradually and stir until the dough is cohesive and forms an elastic ball.

  4. You can use either use your hand to knead for about 10 minutes or a stand mixer for about 5 minutes.

  5. Place the dough in a bowl drizzled with olive oil and brush it completely with oil. Cover it up with a wet cloth and keep in a damp and moist place.

  6. When the dough doubles in size after about 30 minutes , gently deflate and knead on a floured surface.

  7. Roll into a thin layer and poke holes with a fork to avoid rising while baking .

  8. Add tomato sauce ,shredded mozzarella cheese and vegetables like bell pepper, onions,tomatoes, basil leaves, olives, mushrooms or any other of your choice.

  9. Preheat the oven to 425 def F and bake for about 15 minutes until the cheese is fully melted.

  10. You can also broil for about 2 minutes to get a nice brown layer of cheese on top.

  11. Garnish with chopped basil leaves, red chili flakes and more cheese.Enjoy!

To Make Pizza sauce
  1. In a sauce pan, heat up some olive oil.

  2. Add chopped garlic and saute .

  3. Add the Italian herbs , basil and tomato sauce .

  4. Add water and mix well , to make it to desired consistency and simmer.

  5. Add brown sugar or honey and salt to taste.

  6. Add chopped basil leaves and mix well.

19 Comments

  • Reply
    jenniferguerrero1
    August 20, 2020 at 12:23 am

    Totally yummy, Nisha!

  • Reply
    The Karavali Wok
    August 20, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Wow! The pizza looks super tempting Nisha 😋 Thanks for sharing !

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      August 20, 2020 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you dear Smitha , happy to share !

  • Reply
    Diane
    August 22, 2020 at 1:00 am

    What a great looking pizza!!!!!

  • Reply
    Dennis Yannakos
    August 22, 2020 at 4:09 am

    So yummy! I love your recipe!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      August 22, 2020 at 9:26 pm

      Wonderful to hear that , Thank you so much!

  • Reply
    sunisanthosh
    August 22, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Looks so beautiful !! ❤

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      August 22, 2020 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you so much, appreciate it!

  • Reply
    Sandhya
    August 24, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Homemade pizza dough tastes so yummy right? Your pizza looks superb! So tempting , I am drooling here!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      August 25, 2020 at 10:05 pm

      Awww ..Thank you for such a sweet comment Sandhya!

  • Reply
    Holly
    August 25, 2020 at 5:27 am

    Nisha! This pizza looks like it just came out of the oven at one of our favorite pizza places. Wow, this looks delicious! What I love most of all is how you made it vegetarian. Not only is that less expensive, but it’s healthy too!

    I wonder if you could make this as a gluten-free pizza somehow?

    Your tip about the instant yeast versus the active dry yeast was brilliant too. That tip alone will help clear up lots of confusion. 🙂 Thank you! I love this recipe. It looks like something we could really enjoy in our home too. 🤗

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      August 25, 2020 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you so much Holly, we love vegetarian pizza at home .I haven’t explored the gluten-free version yet .My kids enjoy the regular pizza better and since we make it only once in a while , would rather indulge 🙂 Glad you found the tip on the yeast useful. Happy baking ..Thanks a lot for your constant support ,truly appreciate it!

      • Reply
        Holly
        August 27, 2020 at 7:35 pm

        It is absolutely my pleasure to support you. And I understand exactly what you mean about indulging! We must do that sometimes, right? 🙂

  • Reply
    Nisha Sharma
    August 27, 2020 at 2:06 am

    This is an amazing fuss free recipe. Looks wonderful

  • Reply
    Aarthi | Prepbowls
    September 11, 2020 at 12:41 am

    Absolutely love the pizza, Nisha! It is soo perfectly made, I like the toppings on the pizza and fresh homemade sauce really adds touch to the pizza. Your step by step pictures and tips are really helpful. My kids would love homemade pizza. Will definitely give it a try. Thank you for the wonderful share.

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      September 11, 2020 at 1:03 am

      Thank you so much Aarthi for the comments. Home made pizza is so gratifying to make indeed .I’m pretty sure you will enjoy making it as well. I am so glad that the pictures and tips are useful. Your comment truly made my day . Many Thanks!

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