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hipslikecinderella
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« on: June 25, 2009 10:09:38 PM »

I made this pizza last week because I was craving it so badly!  I also had half a block of Follow Your Heart cheese, and I wanted to use it up before it went bad.




I handmade the crust using the recipe in Vegan with a Vengeance.  I swear, it's the best pizza crust recipe I've ever used!  I also made the sauce, roughly using the pizza sauce recipe.  I stirred in 1 tablespoon of cornstarch because my sauce was a bit too runny.

I made pesto from basil in the garden (olive oil, salt, basil, toasted pine nuts) and mixed it with firm tofu mooshed with my hands + 1/8 cup of nutritional yeast.  Then I topped it with shredded Follow Your Heart mozarella.

(In my experience, Follow Your Heart cheeses need to be melted at a high temperature. The cheese here isnt perfectly melty because I didnt bake it long enough. I shouldve let it defrost a bit longer when I pulled it out of the freezer, but I was HUNGRY!)

Olive oil was spread onto the crust, and the pizza was baked in the oven, middle rack, at 475F. No pizza stone or anything: circular aluminum pan.

Once it was done, I sliced it and put it into my belly. Cheesy
(More about the pizza can be read here with a bit more detail.)
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2009 10:16:11 PM »

MMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!   
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2009 02:05:49 AM »

Oh god. I want!
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2009 10:44:37 AM »

Thanks, guys!  Grin

If you all lived near me, I swear that I would totally bake you a pizza, and we could have a nice veg potluck!
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2009 05:03:00 PM »

Looks very good.  So that brand of veg cheese will really melt? I've never seen that brand I've never found any that will melt.
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2009 05:00:30 PM »

Looks super yummy!
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2009 06:47:38 PM »

Thanks, Teresa_T!

Looks very good.  So that brand of veg cheese will really melt? I've never seen that brand I've never found any that will melt.

FJ, Follow Your Heart brand does melt (my pictures don't show it very melty because I was starving and couldn't wait anymore, but if I left it a bit longer in the oven, it would've melted thoroughly; the first one I made for this batch melted perfectly fine but was gobbled up by family before I could take pics); however, I've only had it melt for me in the oven on a very high temperature when I make pizzas.  I've tried making quesadillas with shredded Follow Your Heart cheese, and the stovetop heat isn't hot enough to melt it.  The tortillas tend to cook very quickly leaving the insides unmelted.

Follow Your Heart melts well in the microwave, though.  I've heard of many people using it in mac and cheese recipes with good results, but I haven't done this before, so I can't attest to it.  If I cook with it some more, I'll let you know how it melts!
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« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2009 12:32:01 PM »

Mmm...tasty. You should try using broccoli for the pesto. It is gives it a different yet equally yummy taste.
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amandakristine
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2010 11:31:03 PM »

OMG. It looks soo good. I must make this!
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