Stone-Baked Tropical Sweet & Spicy Vegan Pizza

Posted on December 2, 2011

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Happy Friday, foodies!! Are you excited for the weekend? Any plans made? blank Stone Baked Tropical Sweet & Spicy Vegan Pizza

I’m writing this post late at night because this has been my chance to sit. I fought with my heavy eyelids to get the photos edited because I really want to have this updated for you guys. The last two days were awesomely busy for me {no complaints}, and I’m still so excited about everything! Wednesday was full of errands and appointments, but Dallas also surprised me when he came home from class after lunch and said he felt like shopping- so I should get ready. Okaaayy blank Stone Baked Tropical Sweet & Spicy Vegan Pizza And lucky me, he was in a spend-y mood but wanted nothing for himself. I ended up with new plates, bowls, napkins, placemats, measuring spoons, measuring cups, etc for food photoshoots. This may sound ‘meh’ to some, but I am suuuper stoked to play with all of my new toys! I love that he takes such an interest in helping support my blog. Also on order- ‘Plate to Pixel‘ is being shipped to our house!! I can’t wait! blank Stone Baked Tropical Sweet & Spicy Vegan Pizza After all of our shopping and errands, we had sushi for dinner at one of our favourite spots.

Guess what else he bought?

A PIZZA STONE!! Well, technically a baking stone, but we thought it was a better choice than just a pizza stone. This way we can bake many various treats on it- Pizza, breads, cookies, veggies…I was too excited to play with it to wait. I had to make pizza yesterday!

I was having a ‘blah’ moment in ma brain and couldn’t think of toppings other than mushrooms & Daiya. Dallas suggested banana peppers, pineapple, tomatoes, and chili pepper flakes. Such a yummy idea!

I also wanted to get all fancy and make my own dough, rather than using the bread maker again. As much as I love my bread maker, it makes the dough a pain in the ass to work with, and just isn’t stretchy enough. It might seem like making your own dough is a challenge, but it was relatively easy and so totally worth it. I used this recipe for the dough I found after Googling. I won’t re-post the recipe because I followed it exactly, but I will show you the visible steps in how it’s done.

Dissolve sugar in the warm water, then sprinkle yeast on top and let it sit ’til foamy {about 10 mins}.

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Stir in the olive oil and sea salt {this picture is almost pointless, but just so pretty!}.

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Mix in the whole wheat bread flour {I used bread flour} and 1 cup of the all purpose flour. Stir with a spatula until the dough starts to come together and form a ball.

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Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup all-purpose flour onto a clean countertop and drop the dough ball onto it. Knead dough into a ball, until all flour has been picked up by the ball, about 10 minuntes.

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Use olive oil to lightly coat a large bowl. Place dough ball inside, turning once to coat.

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Cover with a damp towel and allow to sit in a warm place for 40-50 minutes until doubled in size.

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Deflate dough by punching it, then knead roll it into a tight ball. Let it rise again for another 45 mins, then roll it out on floured surface.

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Add tomato sauce and sliced criminis.

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Sprinkle on diced tomato, pineapple, and banana pepper rings.

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Finally, top with Daiya!

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After pre-heating pizza stone, place pizza onto stone. Into the oven it goes!

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Mmmmmm all done <3

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And ready to serve blank Stone Baked Tropical Sweet & Spicy Vegan Pizza Delicious! After the photo shoot, we coated our pizzas in red chili flakes…and mine had a healthy dose of Frank’s Red Hot, too!

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Verdict? We both LOVED this! Making the dough from scratch made for a better texture, using a pizza stone made for evenly crisp pizza, and the spicy-sweet mix of toppings all coated in ‘cheese’ made this pizza outstanding. I might play with the cooking temperature and time to see if I can make it absolutely perfect, though. Will update you ;)

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Like my new plate, placemat, and napkin? blank Stone Baked Tropical Sweet & Spicy Vegan Pizza Plate and placemat came from Urban Barn, and the napkin came from Home Outfitters.

What I learned about pizza stones: It is best to pre-heat them in the oven before placing the pizza on top. When removing from the oven, DO NOT place it on a counter. The cold shock may cause it to shatter. I placed it on top of my bamboo cutting boards and it was fine.

The baking stone will stay hot for a long time. This is nice, because it keeps your pizza warm for an extra 45 minutes or so, but be mindful about touching it with your hands.

Also, I would recommend cutting these into personal-size pizzas, because I had no freaking clue how to get the pizza onto the stone…because it was already rolled out, really big, floppy, and full of toppings, it sure wasn’t easy to pick up! I finally had to gather it up like a sack of Santa’s toys, carefully scoop it up, place it on the baking stone, unfold and sort out all the toppings. Don’t do this to yourself- it took me half an hour to do a task that shouldn’t have taken more than a minute.

From my kitchen to yours <3

1 prepared recipe for pizza dough {once again, I used this one} … {click here to make bread maker dough}

for the tomato sauce {my recipe, originally from here}:
1 small can tomato paste
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp white sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp water
1/2 tbsp white vinegar

for the toppings:
1 1/2 cups crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 large tomato, diced
1 small can diced pineapple, drained
1/2 cup jarred, marinated banana pepper rings
1 1/2 cups Daiya cheddar shreds

additional toppings: red chili flakes, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

1) Preheat the oven to 475 degrees with baking stone inside to bring it to temperature.
2) Mix together all tomato sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Using a spatula, spread evenly onto prepared pizza dough.
3) Add sliced mushrooms, diced tomatoes, pineapple, and banana pepper rings evenly to pizza. Sprinkle Daiya on top.
4) Using oven-safe mittens, remove the baking stone and place it on a safe, temperature-stable surface. I used my bamboo cutting boards to protect it from the counter.
5) If you can figure out how, transfer pizza to pizza stone. The alternative is to cut pizza into smaller pieces and use spatulas to transfer. ‘Scuse me while I’m still figuring this one out ;)
6) Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and crust is golden. Slice and enjoy!

Oooohhh one more piece of news! Remember I told you guys about how I’m re-registered in school and switching majors to Psychology? WELL, I found out I have some upgrading to do, but that I can start it right away! Math and Biology online, and I’ve already been chipping away at them. I plan to finish the majority of the course work before January…think I can do it? blank Stone Baked Tropical Sweet & Spicy Vegan Pizza Last year I finished a 12-week university course in 5 weeks. I’m almost too good at self-pacing.

How was your week? Anything exciting that happened, or anything you’re looking forward to? Do share!

peace, love, food <3

Char, xo

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24 Responses to Stone-Baked Tropical Sweet & Spicy Vegan Pizza

  1. Yum! This looks delicious and we haven’t made pizza at home in ages, what a great idea. I love the combo of sweet and spicy flavors in this recipe. :)

  2. Your pizza looks fabulous! I love the idea of a tropical pizza in this chilly weather!!

  3. Hmmm. looking delicious.. Great work and great ideas to learn about some delicious recipes

  4. Congrats on all the new kitchen stuff! I’m the same way, I get SO excited for new dishes. I also love it when my hubby gets in a spendy mood for dishes. :) that pizza looks amazing! Thanks for sharing! This weekend my hubby and I are going to Disneyland! I’m very excited. Have a great weekend!

    • You’re going to Disneyland?!?! Not gonna lie, preeetty jealous ;) I went there for the first time two years ago and felt like I was 8 years old again. Definitely the best place on earth! Have fun with your hubby in Disneyland!! :D

  5. Kit-Kat says:

    Yummy pizza! It almost sounds like a ham-less version of Hawaiian pizza (do you have that in Canada? It is very popular in all of the States).
    Oh boy, I have Christmas shopping plans! Yesterday marked the start of my shopping with my mom, brother, and sisters at Target…. and I was really eyeing the kitchen appliance part of the store. Target has such lovely kitchen tools! My dream is to one day get an ice cream maker, so I can stop buying vegan ice cream (a huge addiction I have). :-) We also went swimming at our local swim center (a favorite spot of ours). Do you like to go swimming?
    I also have plans to play with Sadie the lab this afternoon, since I did not get a chance to play with her much yesterday due to the shopping spree. That dog is something else!

    • We DO have Hawaiian pizza in Canada! It’s just as popular here, I think. Mom and Dad used to order it all the time when we were kids. There’s a pizza place that’s open late with a pizza called ‘The Hangover’ haha. Dallas said he modeled this one after that :P I guess they’re quite similar.
      Mmmmm an ice cream maker has long been on my list, too! I’m hoping for a Babycakes donut maker this year, though, and some photography set-ups for the blog.
      GOOD LUCK Christmas shopping! I left the house for two hours and am very sorry that I did >.< I don't understand how people can be so mean and cranky when it's CHRISTMAS!!
      Sadie is beautiful, I saw pictures! Have fun playing with her :) I hope you have a great day!

      • Kit-Kat says:

        Omigosh, a donutmaker?!? I’ve been eyeing one, too, since my brother is a GIGANTIC donut fan/eater! His all-time favorite is the old fashioned glazed and apple fritters. I myself prefer frosted and sprinkled donuts, maple bars, and vegan “cream-custard” donuts. Yum yum, my mouth is watering! What are your favorite donuts?
        Thanks for the compliment on Sadie! She’s tired out right now, since I took her on a walk, and played catch with her and the dumbell purchased yesterday at Target (early Christmas gift). She’s a real sweetie.
        You have a good day, too! :-)

        • Mmmm I think my favourite donuts are definitely honey crullers…I do plan to veganize these! And the chocolate ones! Even without icing, so tasty. OOHHH OHH I miss powdered donuts :( You know the mini yellow cake ones with powdered frosting?? THESE I have to veganize!! Oohh so many ideas :) Awww sounds like you and Sadie had a good day! Glad to hear it :) And I had a great day, too! Thank you :)

  6. susanallin says:

    Mmm this looks SO good (:

  7. Dang girl…you keep me in suspense when I come to your blog!! You make amazing things!! I need to come live at your house for a week so I can have pizza, gnocchi, cake….swoon!!!


  8. Wow! Look at you making your own pizza crust – haha you’re braver than I am! But I so want to steal your toppings ideas, yum yum and yum!

  9. Oh my goodness, could I just have this delivered?? :D

  10. sophia says:

    One of my friends switched to Phsyc, too! She loves it, especially since she’s been through an eating disorder and she wants to understand more about disorders like that.

    And a pizza stone! Bad-ass! I have a pizza baking pan but I’ve rarely used it. Shame on me!

    • That’s exactly why I switched to Phsyc! I feel like it’s easier to help others when you truly understand the disease.

      Haha you should totally use your pizza stone! Even if you don’t wanna make pizza, you can put cookies on it ;) I’m posting a recipe for shortbread cookies tomorrow, using the baking stone!

  11. Sweet baby cheeses, that looks delicious! I have never made my own pizza dough, but it doesn’t look as hard as I thought it would be. I need to try it myself, you have inspired me!

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