Pizza Rolls (Vegan)

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Hannah Kaminsky, Bittersweet Blog – Wanting to craft a recipe for dough that needed no time to rise, I found that just adding in yeast without giving it any special treatment would provide those lovely flavors present in any real bread, without extra work or worry. Relying heavily on chemical leaveners as well, this hybrid holds its own when asked to do some serious cooking, but is a bit less elastic and forgiving as a traditional pizza dough, so it must be worked gently. Rolling it up to with Sheese safely tucked inside prevents the faux-cheese from burning in the oven, while still making it melt-in-your-mouth smooth at the same time. Once baked, they can be eaten on the side to make room for a more varied meal, and then frozen to easily enjoy later. No awkward wrapping here – They should easily fit in the average Tupperware container.

Consider it the pizza of the future; Vegan, delicious, perfectly portable, and decidedly un-greasy. What’s not to like about that?

Pizza Rolls

Ingredients:

-1 Cup Soymilk
-1 Packet Dry Yeast
-1 Cup AP Flour
-1 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
-1 Teaspoon Granulated Sugar
-1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
-1/2 Teaspoon Salt
-1/4 Cup Margarine
-1/3 Cup Pizza Sauce
-1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
-3 Ounces Mozzarella-Style Sheese, Grated [Or any other solid vegan “cheese”]

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Heat the soymilk in a microwave-safe dish for just about a minute in order to warm it through. Add in the yeast and let sit. While those two ingredients become better acquainted, in a separate bowl, combine both flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the margarine in, and make sure to chop all of the fat into the smallest pieces you can manage, so they are completely coated in the dry ingredients to make fine crumbs. Pour in the soymilk / yeast mixture at this time, and mix it all together so that it all forms a cohesive, but still rather moist dough.

This is where things get tricky, so work carefully. Dump the dough out onto a well-floured surface, flouring your hands lightly as well so that you can manually pat it out into a rectangle measuring somewhere in the neighborhood of 13 x 8 inches. Being such a loose dough, it won’t play nicely with a rolling pin, so you just need to poke and prod it into shape with your hands. Once you achieve a satisfactory rectangle, spread the pizza sauce over it, going most of the way to the edges but leaving perhaps a centimeter uncovered all around. Sprinkle the garlic powder over it, followed by the grated Sheese. Try to cover the surface evenly with all of the above.

Finally, you’re ready to roll! Gently roll the dough from the long side, moving with care and without stretching or pulling the dough. Once you have a nice log, cut 1 inch pieces with a sharp knife, using a sawing motion and as little downward pressure as you can muster to prevent the rolls from becoming completely smushed. Move the rolls to a silpat-lined baking sheet, [About 9 per sheet so that they have room to spread] reshape them if necessary, and bake for 13 – 17 minutes, until golden brown. Enjoy warm or reheat in a toaster oven later.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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