Thursday, February 26, 2009

Deep Dish Pizza Dough and Bread Bowls

Well, hello there! It's been a while, I know. Celine and I have been feverishly working on and testing for 500 Vegan Recipes, and oh boy, are there some awesome foods coming out of our test kitchens! Check out the pictures over on the flickr pool.

I thought I'd share one of those 500 with you guys, after all I haven't posted a new recipe here in almost a month!

This is actually two recipes in one. This dough makes an awesome cast iron deep dish pizza, but more interestingly, it makes virtually indestructible bread bowls for soup! One of the testers stress tested a bread bowl with five bowls of soup and reported absolutely no leakage. I don't necessarily recommend eating five bowls of soup in one sitting, but you can rest assured that you will safely make it through one or two!

Home Made Bread Bowl filled with Rustic Potato Leek Soup

Deep Dish Cast Iron Pizza topped with Bechamel, Basil and Tomatoes

1/4 ounce (1 packet) active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup vital wheat gluten flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil
additional olive oil

Mix together yeast, sugar and warm water. Let stand ten minutes. In a mixing bowl, mix together flours and salt. Add in yeast mixture, water and olive oil. Adding more all purpose flour if too wet, more water if too dry, a little bit at a time. Your goal is a soft elastic dough ball that is easy to handle and not sticky. Knead for about 10 minutes. Divide into two, form into a ball. Brush with a light coat of olive oil, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for one hour.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Punch down the dough, knead an additional 2-3 minutes and form into a pizza crust. Bake with your favorite toppings for about 10 minutes, or until crust is a nice golden brown.

Yield:2, 10 inch crusts

Note that I made mine in a cast iron skillet and my husband made his on a cookie sheet. They both cooked for the same amount of time, but he pressed his out much thinner so he got about a twelve incher, while mine was only about 9 inches. Both yielded excellent results.

Bread Bowl Variation
I made up a double batch of this dough. With the remaining two pieces, I formed them into balls (skipping the second knead), cut a few slits across the top, baked at 400 for 15 minutes, removed, brushed with nondairy butter, baked an additional 5 minutes…BREAD BOWLS FOR SOUP!


Gina said...

Yum and more yum! Especially to the pizza though :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, that looks fantastic! I hope the book is going well.

Anonymous said...

This looks really great, and I love how it's made in cast iron. Makes it so much easier and it's so fun to make!

Amy said...

OH MY! I want that pizza!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

veggievixen said...

wow, two uses for the same thing...the best!

that is ridiculously deep dish...yum!

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited for this book. The pizza looks amazing!

dreaminitvegan said...

That pizza looks so good and I'm not even a thick crust girl!

MeloMeals said...

Wow! That looks so good. I can't wait for the book..

Sheree' said...

Perfect pizza and soup in a bowl, DELISH!!!!

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Chris said...

Even though it almost nullifies my New York heritage, I do enjoy deep dish pizza every now and then :) Thanks for sharing, the recipe looks really successful!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Oh wow, YUM!

Dazy said...

These pizzas are just mouth-watering! And would keep me busy in the kitchen, again. I think this would be just perfect for my friends coming next week.

Rose said...

Boy am i glad i found your blog, these look awesome, especially the tomato and basil feeling hungry now :)

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