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And a Partridge in a Pear Tree......Pizza (Vegan)

The classic Christmas Song gets turned into a delicious flavor-packed pizza!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 - 12 servings

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups all-purpose flour

Topping:

  • 2 medium pears peeled and sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 medium red onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas mashed
  • 3 ounces about 3/4 cup shredded vegan "mozzarella cheese" (optional)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Instructions
  2. Stir water, sugar, and yeast together until yeast is dissolved and allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Pour into a large mixing bowl and whisk in salt and oil until combined. Add whole wheat flour + 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour and mix until dough comes together. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead for a few minutes, adding a bit more flour until the dough pulls away from the surface. It should be smooth and resilient. Place in oiled bowl and cover, then place in warm place to rise until doubled in size.
  3. While dough is rising, toast pecans. Put them in a small skillet and stir constantly over low heat for 3 - 4 minutes until very lightly browned and fragrant (nuts burn really fast so keep a close eye). Pour out onto separate dish and add pear, garlic, and onion to skillet.
  4. Saute with olive oil over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add balsamic and cream and continue cooking for about 5 minutes until most of the liquid is evaporated. Season with salt and pepper then remove pan from heat. Stir in chickpeas then set pan aside and allow to cool while you assemble your pizza.
  5. Heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and line a tray with parchment or silicone mats. Roll the pizza dough out into a layer that's roughly 1/4 inch thick and free hand or use a print out picture of a tree to cut the dough into a tree shape (If you prefer, just roll it into a circle). Collect scraps from dough and re-roll to cut out your bird. Cut the dough into the shape of a partridge and set aside for a moment.
  6. Top the tree shaped crust (or circle) evenly with half of pear mixture, then layer mozzarella, then the rest of pear mixture. Then top with nutritional yeast, pecans, and cranberries. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until edges are golden and cheese is all melty and yum!
  7. Remove from oven and cool for about 5 minutes, then slice and serve hot.