A Daiya-Style Pizza Recipe
The homemade crust gives this vegan pizza an edge
For the crust
1¼-oz. package regular or quick-acting active dry yeast
1 c. warm water
2½ c. all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. olive oil, plus more for oiling pan
½ tsp. salt
Cornmeal, for sprinkling
Your vegan sauce of choice
1 8-oz. package Daiya cheese
¼ c. olives (optional)
½ c. onion or seeded bell pepper, sliced (optional)
2 tsp. garlic, minced (optional)
Anything you like on your pizza
1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a medium bowl. Stir in the flour, 2 tbsp. olive oil, and the salt. Beat vigorously, about 20 strokes. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes.*
2. Preheat the oven to 425º. Grease two cookie sheets or 12-in. pizza pans with olive oil and sprinkle with the cornmeal.
3. Remove the dough from the bowl. Place half of the dough on a clean, floured countertop. With floured fingers, pat into an 11-in. circle. Repeat with the other half of the dough and transfer each circle to one of the prepared pans. Prick each dough circle all over with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes on lower rack, or until just starting to brown.
4. Remove the pans from the oven. Add your desired sauce and toppings and bake 10-15 more minutes, until the cheese melts.
*For a thick-crust pizza, let the dough rise, covered, 30-45 minutes. Cut in half and pat into two 8-in. square pans. Add your desired toppings and bake at 375º for 20 minutes, or until just beginning to brown.