Sorry cheese, you’re not invited.

I have just stumbled upon the most incredible non-dairy recipe.  A white sauce, that turns into bubbly brown cheese when it’s baked.  Don’t believe me?   See for your self!


The first step in making this deliciousness is to prepare the crust.  You can always buy pizza dough or a pre-made crust but if you make it right homemade is well worth the effort.  I do have to warn you though as “easy” as everyone professes it to be, it takes a little practice to be comfortable working with any kind of bread dough.  Once you get it though you’re set, so just try it!  It’s fun!

For one medium 1-2 person pizza:

Crust:

1 cup warm water (100˚)

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp yeast

1 ¼ cup all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

Heat water in a small microwavable bowl, let cool to 100˚ F.  If you don’t have a thermometer, or you’re lazy like me, stick your finger in it.  If it feels like something you’d want to take a bath in, it’s probably good.   Stir in the sugar, then pour the yeast on top and wait ~ 10 minutes till poofy.   I’ve come to the conclusion yeastie-beasties are self conscious and they will never get to work making bubbles if you’re watching them, so I suggest you walk away and find something to do for this time.

While you’re waiting you can mix together the flour, salt, garlic, and onion powder in a large bowl.  Once the yeastie-beasties have done their yeastie-beastie magic,  pour into the bowl with the flour, and mix with a spoon until dough comes together.  Add more flour if you need to, but this should be a fairly wet dough, so I suggest working it with the spoon rather than trying to knead it with your hands.  Keep this up for about 10 minutes (good exercise!) until the dough is nice and soft and smooth.  *Trick, in order to pick up the dough and not have it stick to you, run your hands under water first*  Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 hrs, or overnight.   If you want to make the pizza faster you can let it rise for 1-2 hours at room temperature, but I find it tastes better the long way.

**FAST FORWARD**

Ok so you’re dough has doubled, time to make pizza!  Preheat oven to 450.  If you have a pizza stone, pre-heat that as well.  Take the dough out of the fridge.  Cut a piece of parchment paper the size you want your pizza, grease and flour it.  Wet your hands again, the dough will be extremely sticky.  Remove it from the bowl and stretch it to the size of the parchment.  Now the fun part, pizza decorating!

I decided to go with a white pizza, so I rubbed the crust with a mixture of butter and crushed garlic, then topped it with sliced tomatoes, salt, and pepper.  Now for the cheese.  The original recipe can be found here.  I adapted it to be a more reasonable amount for a single pizza.

Cheese Sauce:

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp flour

1/3 cup lite coconut milk

2 tbsp white wine

¼ tsp Salt

1 tsp garlic powder

Cook the butter and flour in a medium sized sauce pan for 3 minutes.  Add the coconut milk and wine.  Whisk whisk whisk! Until smooth.  Add salt, garlic powder, and other seasonings as desired.  If sauce is too thick, add some water.  Spoon over pizza.  I was going for a drizzled look, but only succeeded in gloopy, hopefully you will do better than me.   Transfer the pizza and parchment to a baking stone or a pan.  Bake for 15 minutes or until crust and “cheese” are golden brown.  Enjoy!

Katie

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