Project Food Blog, Challenge #5: A Pizza Complex

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 17, 2010

Pizza is sort of a touchy subject with me lately.


Ordering a vegan pizza at a restaurant can prove to be a bit interesting at times.

Chefs come to the table and try to sweet talk me, pleading with their delicious Italian accent for just a sprinkle of cheese. One time, a chef flat out refused to make his pie without cheese, throwing his hands up in dismay and washing himself clean of impure, cheeseless thoughts.

And this is how a Pizza Complex develops.

And I’m worn down.


When I found out that the next Project Food Blog challenge was to put a unique spin on pizza, I was scared.

I wanted to run away and never look back. Bye bye, Foodbuzz, it has truly been a slice.


Running away to the woods allowed me to clear my head. Over the course of a few days minutes- and a lot of Pizza Complex Rumination– I felt like myself again. I shouted, “I will show the world that a vegan pizza is not just ‘a worse-tasting pizza without cheese’, but a beautiful work of art!”

And then I screamed like a baby after seeing a creepy man in the bushes with a camera.


Wait. Is that my husband?

Anyways. I found myself in the kitchen once again, ready to conquer my Pizza Complex once and for all…


Roasted Tomato, Onion, and Basil Pesto Pizza with Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Here’s What You’ll Need to prepare:

  • Herb-infused Pizza Dough
  • Vegan Parmesan Cheese
  • Vegan Pesto
  • Garlic-infused oil
  • Roasted Tomato, Onion, Garlic, and Basil topping


For instructions, start to finish, see the attached PDF. The dough, cheese, and pesto can be made ahead.


Despite my newfound conviction to rock a vegan pizza, there was one small catch…


I’ve had a few traumatic pizza dough flops in the past.

Making pizza dough that turns into a tough ball of gluten is not something one forgets easily. It haunts you in your sleep until you convince yourself that you can actually live a fairly happy life without ever trying to make pizza dough again.

That is, until this challenge threw me for a loop.

Pizza doh, indeed.


For 6 hours on Friday night I was a student again.


I studied, I practiced, and I vowed to become a Master of Pizza Dough. It turns out making pizza dough is incredibly easy, but my glowing pride was no less. I can also tell you that cocoa powder, chili powder, or nutritional yeast infused pizza dough all taste horrible. Bad, bad things happened.

I would not be here today without my You Tube Pizza Mentor, Albert.


He rules.

Also, to the red wine for making the 10 dough trials seem like I was at an all night rave.


I tested 5 different pizza dough recipes and the one that worked best for me involved no fancy machine or special dough hooks, just some old-fashioned elbow grease!

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Kneading the dough was hypnotic and calming as I tested batch, after batch.

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With each trial, I felt a bit more comfortable with the dough and it actually became fun!

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When the dough is ready it will be soft, smooth, and no longer tacky to touch.

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Now, make the sauce and toppings.


I had some CSA tomatoes, onion, garlic, and basil to use up and I figured they would work well together.


and chop.


Coat the chopped veggies with a homemade olive oil sauce and roast for about 35-40 minutes at 400F.

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Inhale deeply.


Now whip up the Vegan pesto!

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and then the Vegan parmesan cheese.

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The house smells like a dream right about now.

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When your dough is ready, punch the air out one final time.

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I tested three popular pizza baking methods:

1) Pizza pan –> Soft crust, soft interior

2) Back of a baking sheet –> Soft crust, soft interior

3) Pizza Stone –> Authentic, crunchy crust, with soft interior

The pizza stone won by a landslide!


Sprinkle cornmeal over your Pizza Peel to prevent sticking.

Now for the part that I was terrified of….shaping the dough!


I found that the best way to work with the dough was to just let gravity do most of the work.


Gently hold and rotate the dough allowing gravity to pull the sides down ever so slightly.


When you have something that resembles a circle, place it on your Peel.


Gently spread it out.


Now pinch the sides to form a crust.

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Excitement builds.

Spread on the sautéed garlic infused oil to keep the crust moist and flavourful.


Don’t be shy with the pesto. This is the best part!


Now spread on the Roasted Onion, Tomato, Garlic, and Basil mixture.


and finally, a generous dusting of the vegan Parmesan Cheese to finish it off!


Slide the pizza onto your stone which has been pre-heating at 500F for 1 hour.


Magic happens.


I liked what I saw. A lot.

After 15 minutes, your crust will be golden and crisp and your veggies will begin to blacken around the edges.

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It’s time.

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Your husband, who has been installing hardwood flooring all morning, will magically appear at the right moment.


He salivates and inhales 3 slices of pizza.


The pesto makes a wonderful dip for the thick, crunchy crust.

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Pizza Complex Defeated.


Enjoy your delicious pizza while discussing dessert


I tend to get a little carried away at times.


This is my official entry for Project Food Blog Challenge #5. Voting begins at 9am EST on Monday October 18th. If you enjoyed this post I would greatly appreciate your votes in carrying me into the next round! Click here to vote. Thank you!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I would love a slice of that pizza, and I’m a huge cheese lover. And fruit pizza? Well that is one of my ALL TIME favorite desserts! They look fabulous Ange!


jodie October 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm………………you got my vote. Again!


Liz October 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm

That is such a joyous looking pizza!


Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini October 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I have the same dilemma with pizza…it’s so hard to find good, creative pizza minus cheese. Both pizzas are beautiful! Good luck!


Lauren October 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Haha, love the psych references! Awesome job! :)


Meredith Lilly October 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Beautiful pies, Angela! High five!


Charlie October 17, 2010 at 5:09 pm

This pizza looks delicious! I love to try pizzas with no tomato sauce ;).
+ Dessert pizza is SO good! My mother used to make an apple & goat cheese one and it was incredible.


Leah @ L4L October 17, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Faboosh! I’m impressed!


Sarah October 17, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Awesome job! Congratulations! You continue to be an inspiration :)


Exercise and Eat October 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Congrats on beating your pizza complex! It looks delishhhh!


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Perfection. I too have gotten the weird looks, the eye roll, the are you SURE? when I order vegan pizza. Bravo for creating one that truly is a work of art!!


Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Fabulous as usual my dear!!! Once you get the dough right ONCE, you’ll never go back!!


Lisa October 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm

This looks amazing!!


Marci October 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm

So pretty! Those colors are beautiful! There’s a reason why you’re reader favorite two times already!


Mary October 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I cannot wait to try this out! :)


Kristina @ spabettie October 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm

BRAVO for overcoming the complex! it looks perfect !


sippitysup October 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm

These pizzas glow nearly as much as your beautiful blond self! GREG


Noelle October 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Angela, you rock. God has given you a great gift and that is creating and capturing the art of food. It looks gorgeous and congrats!


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day October 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Words cannot describe…beautiful! Can I reach into my screen please?


HF October 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Angela, I am so proud of you right now. I want to hug you. You have such a gift of art and inspiration.


Dorry October 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

This looks amazing! Love a vegan pizza – and I’ve had the same experience with ordering cheeseless pizza (actually in Spain!) where the chef was so adamant about sprinkling just a bit of cheese – like he couldn’t resist! Ha. I think making a pizza in your own kitchen is a great way to get it just right. Your crust left me salivating!


rachel October 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm

that is one beautiful pizza. it looks perfect, and delicious! amazing photos as well :)


Hope October 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Wow, Angela that looks incredible! Voting for you now…

In NZ we have a company called Hell Pizza who actually have Vegan pizza on their menu, and they allow you to mix and match other toppings to your hearts content! I much prefer homemade pizza, but vegan pizza made how I want it and delivered to my door is sometimes so much more inviting on a Friday night!

Creepy man in the bushes made me laugh so much!!


Heather (Heather's Dish) October 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm

beautifully done! i love the colors…perfect for this time of year :)


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm

The recipe is awesome, the food photography is beyond beautiful! And so are you in the last pic :)

I LOVE THE BRIGHT colors of the veggies! I love that it’s vegan, I love that you used CSA ingredients, and that it was the old fashioned elbow grease that did the trick.

And the fruit pizza, just as a causal “aside” that you threw in…woman…you must live in your kitchen and at your computer after it’s all done to upload and blog about it all…beyond impressive!


take a load off and go have a glass of vino :)


Amy @, a.musing October 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm

OMG Angela!! I haven’t been following anyone else’s entries, but still, I can say with complete confidence that you deserve to win this whole shebang! You have me drooling at the pizzas, and I especially loved your fall-inspired dinner – absolutely beautiful! This is what you call quality blogging.


Allison @ Food For Healing October 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm

can i come over for supper? haha


Nicole October 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Wow!!! Your pictures are incredible and your food looks outstanding! You are so talented:) Placing my vote for you right now!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm

oh my – this looks perfect!!!!!! What a BRILLIANT effort Angela!


Leah @ Why Deprive? October 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm

This looks incredible!!

I have to say, Im a big fan of cheese, (I probably have 7 different kinds in my fridge right now) but I really dont think I would miss it at all on this pizza. Im drooling just thinking about it!


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I love making fruit pizza!

The colors of teh roasted veggies are absolutely beautiful — I love the purple of the onion :)

Congrats on a beautiful post!


Jeanna October 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm

magically beautiful!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes October 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Both pizzas look great! Such a fab post,


Krystina (Organically Me) October 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm

That is hands down the most beautiful pizza I’ve ever seen.


Wei-Wei October 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I think….. that I may love you.

(I also think that this may or may not be the 120938120948192th time I’ve said that on your blog.)


Bridget October 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Wow this is beautiful! You can really tell how much hard work you put into it.

The fruit pizza at the end was the icing on the cake! I can’t wait til the voting opens so that I can vote for you. Come on everyone, lets try for a third readers choice!!!!


Callie @ Callieflower Kitchen October 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm

This looks awesome Angela :) Especially the dessert pizza!


Jes (@ Self Motivation) October 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm

That looks amazing!


Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook October 17, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I was waiting for this post since last night! When I noticed you posted the #5 challenge, I seriously clapped my hands! haha! Great post!


Allison October 17, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Great job with the pizzas!!! I made grilled vegan pizza for challenge #4- you’re right, vegan pizza can be great! You’ve got my vote! :-)


Winnie October 17, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Not sure I have commented before, by your pfb posts have all been really amazing. I am not vegan, but I WANT YOUR PIZZA. Beautiful job, as always!


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Your crust looks better than the crust I buy at Whole Foods! I love pizzas with pesto bases too.


Jenny October 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Girl! You Rock! I have to try making pizza your way. I have the opposite of pizza complex, as in I make it all the time. And I am truly lucky that I live by a store that not only makes gluten free crusts (for people who can’t tolerate it, unlike me, but I appreciate the option) but they have vegan pizzas with vegan crusts and vegan cheeze. It is my favorite weekend meal.


Jae October 17, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Angela, this looks AMAZEBALLS :)

You might even reform me, a tomato-hater into one that lurveess it :)

Oh and I totally loved the ending, so quirky! ^^


Emily October 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Hello vegan pizza heaven!! It looks gorgeous and amaaazingly good! Awesome job, way to persevere (I would have used the wine, too)!!


DebZ October 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm

i can’t WAIT to vote for this! you so SUCH a beautiful job – truly lovely post. (btw, it rarely even occurs to me to put cheese on my pizza when i’m making it at home. but then again, pizza is often a means for cleaning out the refrigerator around here :)


Ashley October 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm

WOW! I have never ever seen a homemade pizza crust turn out SO perfectly. Awesome job Ange!! Love the bright colors too :)


tina October 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm

omg angela- this looks absolutely AMAZING. i was so excited to see what you’d make since i’m also vegan and know your frustrations… but you definitely delivered!!!!

i. need. to. make. this. asap.


erica October 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm

that pizza looks amazing!!!!
and that picture of you running in the woods is BEAUTIFUL and frame-worthy!!!


Junia October 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Seriously, I am in awe of your chef creativity + your photography! Can’t wait to vote for you!

Also, I have never heard of vegan parm! What is it made of?? I miss pizza a tad bit… since I am extremely lactose intolerant, I haven’t had a pizza in ages!


ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska October 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Your pizza looks amazing! Who needs cheese when food is that good? :) This lactose intolerant girl most certainly does not.


christyn @ All Ways Nutritious October 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm

FABULOUS!! i have only made kraft pizza dough from scratch and now i think i will give it a shot…you explain it so well…thank you…it looks absolutely delicious!!! the fruit pizza looks awesome as well. you have my vote!


Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 17, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I never was much of a pizza person, looks like things may be changing…especially if dessert pizza is included in the deal ;)


Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm

This looks SO fresh and colorful!! I’m not a huge huge fan of pizza, but I’d gobblie this up in a heart beat- yum!!


Stefanie October 17, 2010 at 7:03 pm

That is the best looking pizza I have seen in a long time. You have my vote. Now I must try to recreate your master piece. :)


Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous October 17, 2010 at 7:05 pm

OMG! That looks insanely delicious. You are so amazing with your patience to create these wonderful, delicious recipes that are vegan but still absolutely wonderful tasting. It is really obvious in your posts that you are doing what you love, and that is so great!


Maddie October 17, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Oh my gosh that pizza looks amazing! I am definitly going to make it soon :D You are truly such an amazing cook, Angela. You inspire me every day to create vegan dishes like your own.
Thanks for sharing this recipe and you have my vote!


Lauren October 17, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Oh my goodness Angela!! This looks beyond amazing!!!!! Wow, not only the most beautiful pizza I’ve ever seen, but it looks out of this world delicious! You are too much girl. Good luck!!!


Kelly October 17, 2010 at 7:13 pm

What a beautiful pizza! Congrats on conquering your fear o’ dough. :)


Mandiee October 17, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Absolutely beautiful! My mom, grandmother, and I love making pizza together, but since I’m vegan, and my mom just cut cheese out of her diet, and my grandmother loves the stuff, pizza making can be a bit hard. However, I think this recipe would satisfy us all. Your pizza looks like a work of art!

Have a lovely day!


Sarah October 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Yum, your pizza looks delicious! I haven’t yet conquered my own fear of making homemade pizza- and I’m not vegan. Thanks for taking on the challenge-for all our sakes!


Joslyn @ missfitbliss October 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm

That looks so good! I agree that working dough is very therapeutic and fun. I love the pics of the process – my favorite one is of all the veggies lined up before going to the chopping block:) So vivid.


Camille October 17, 2010 at 7:31 pm

That looks incredible!
The photos are making me salivate :)


Cara Craves... October 17, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Wow Angela!
It looks perfect.
I can tell by the shots of the dough that you mastered it for sure!


Kris October 17, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Gorgeous pizza and LOL at the crazy man in the woods. Cute and too funny!


Cate October 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Vegan or not, this looks like the TASTIEST pizza I’ve ever seen. I have a feeling another readers choice award is coming your way!


[email protected] October 17, 2010 at 7:43 pm

You are incredible! I wish I had the baking/cooking stamina that you do. You never get defeated and aren’t scared to be honest about your failures. That’s why I love your site! You prove that sometimes it takes a few tries to get things right. Wish you could package up that pizza and send it to me! :)


Imwaytoobusy October 17, 2010 at 7:44 pm

I would give anything to have your cooking patience! That dessert pizza looks absolutely amazing!


Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) October 17, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Oh my gosh, taste aside, that may be the most BEAUTIFUL pizza I’ve seen in my life. Holy colors!


Tiffany @ Eat, Run, Write, Love October 17, 2010 at 7:50 pm

That looks like it was a lot of work, but so worth it. Great job!!!


Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 17, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Holy cooking mojo! Ange, you REALLY rocked this one :D I am in awe of you baking skills these days. What a beautifully fluffy pizza dough. … and the toppings you used. WOW! Brian and I ordered pizza for dinner last night… Do you deliver ? ;P HEHE!

I need one of those wooden paddles to ‘toss’ my pizza in the oven. I would love to see a demo video of you making the dough!

Hope you and Eric had a lovely weekend, -m


Amanda (Sweet and Savory Vegan) October 17, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Plain and simple, your pizza looks divine. I am actually salivating. :-)


Stacie October 17, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I’m salilvating too! THANK YOU for putting this into a PDF file. It’s been saved to my OSG Recipe File :) You’ll be getting my one and only vote on foodbuzz….of course you are the only one deserving of it. Way to pull through! Any pics of the new floor?!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 17, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Thank you!

Pics of new floor coming soon once he has the baseboards installed. :) Its coming together!


Gree October 17, 2010 at 7:58 pm

That looks so good, I admire your resolve, I don’t know that I could test five different dough recipes. Any tips for a gluten free crust? I have tried a number of recipes and I am not happy with any of them and my poor Italian daughter is craving a good dough…I will definitely use the topping recipe, that looks delicious!


Kristy October 17, 2010 at 8:15 pm

That looks amazing, you have my vote!!! I probably would have quit after the 2nd dough so congrats! :) Loved all the pics!!


Amy October 17, 2010 at 8:23 pm

That (or those, I guess) look so great! Just as pretty and colorful after baking as before. I’ll definitely be trying them. :)


Sana October 17, 2010 at 8:24 pm

You have outdone yourself once again!


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Kirsten October 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Your pizza looks absolutely amazing!! Congratulations on conquering your pizza complex. I wish I could order your pizza right about now! :)


kim October 17, 2010 at 8:36 pm

you are absolutely amazing! that pizza looks soooo yummy!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Who says a pizza has to have real cheese on it? This looks fantastic!


Barefoot Belle October 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

This pizza has me drooling! And I agree, there’s nothing better than an authentic pizza, cooked on a stone.


Nicole (Picky Nicky) October 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Haha, looks like after your little struggle with the pizza dough, you definitely won!

Enjoy all of them, although I really didn’t need to say that because you obviously will – or, if you’re like me, you already have :D


Paige @Running Around Normal October 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Hehee what a cute/funny post – LOL at Eric in the trees
And that looks amazing – cheeseless or not!!!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm

I am so glad you succeeded in this because it looks amazing – the colors of this pizza are incredible!!


Amy @ purewellnessamy October 17, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Brilliant! The pizza looks delicious…yay!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 17, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Thanks guys!


Desi @ The Palate Peacemaker October 17, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Angela. Oh my. I WANT! Now to make a gluten-free version of that crust, and I will be in heaven… :)


Shanna, like Banana October 17, 2010 at 9:20 pm

You’ve done it again! Looks so tasty I could jump through screen. Cheese? Who needs cheese?

Well done!


Leilani October 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Angela… No matter what anyone else posts, talks about, presents, cooks or shows how its done, YOU WIN hands down. Your the best, your blogs have so much heart, soul & passion. No one can top you … No joke!!! :) That pizza looks absolutely devine!!!!!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm

OMG Ange that is a thing of beauty!!!! I wish I could have been in your house just to smell all of this pizza making going on. It looks delicious!! And the fruit one… WOW. Freaking phenomenal job once again!! :D


claire October 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm

That is so beautiful, you kill me! I want some!


bitt October 17, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I love the colors of the veggies. I think pesto is a great idea for those scared of mock-cheese. Plus it’s more from-scratch. Well done.


Brittany (Eating Bird Food) October 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm

This looks amazing! I’ll be voting. ;)


stephanie a. October 17, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I feel like reading this post was like falling into a fabulous novel…I got lost in the photos and the narration! Excellent!

And this is definitely going into my “to try soon” folder : )


Rachel (tea and chocolate) October 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Oh my goodness that pizza looks amazing! I love the story too. You’re such a good writer! I enjoy every one of your posts.


Allie October 17, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Gosh, that pizza looks off the hook! Bummer you had to work so hard on the dough- but I’m sure it’ll pay off in the end!


Gypsy October 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Congratulations on Readers Choice AGAIN!!
I made the chili pumpkin bowls tonight – delicious!! my chili was sweet bell peppers, sweet potato, roasted corn, fire roasted tomatoes and lentils – turned out great—


Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 17, 2010 at 11:06 pm

While I loooove your old-fashioned pizza with cheese, that looks fabulous!!! I’d definitely give it a shot!


Jolene ( October 17, 2010 at 11:27 pm

I really admire your patience in the kitchen – that is how true masterpieces are created!


Rebecca October 17, 2010 at 11:30 pm

The pizza looks awesome, just looking at it you would never know that it is a vegan pizza. Good Luck.
I was in a restaurant the other day and they had a dessert pizza, which had chocolate, strawberries, drizzed with chocolate sauce and served with ice cream or cream.


Jenn (GH) October 18, 2010 at 12:17 am

That pizza looks pretty dang incredible and I’m not a vegan! Nice job and cute post to go along with it! Love the creepy man in the bushes. He he!


Melissa @ Delectable Living October 18, 2010 at 12:25 am

These photos are so beautiful!! I love the way you ended the post with the single photo of the dessert pizza– I hope you do a post on it later on!


Marina October 18, 2010 at 12:30 am

Great job! I love making pizza, it’s so versatile! I have to try your version, the dough sounds especially amazing


alexa @ Sohdalex October 18, 2010 at 1:57 am

Wow! this looks great. I can’t wait to find out more about that dessert pizza at the bottom… ;)


Christan October 18, 2010 at 2:53 am

You are adorable.. i’m gonna make this tonight!

BTW what if.. just what if that fruit pizza had some of your chocolate ganache on it? Oh goodness.


Mimi (Gingersnaps) October 18, 2010 at 3:08 am

Oh holy yum! Pesto’s such a great alternative sauce for pizza! BBQ sauce works well too. I have not the courage to make pizza by myself yet. I’ve heard good thinks about combining flour and beer though…


Casey Thomas October 18, 2010 at 4:57 am

Awesome job Angela! And for me and I’m sure the majority of your readers, vegan pizza is WAAAYYYY more worthy than pepperoni and cheese pizza!



Little Bookworm October 18, 2010 at 5:38 am

The pizza looks amazing! Good luck!


stacey-healthylife October 18, 2010 at 7:34 am

I love both pizza’s they are so pretty and tasty looking.


Kelly October 18, 2010 at 7:49 am

You have inspired me to make some vegan pizza! Great post! I’m sure you will win this one,for sure!!


Carolyn @ lovinlosing October 18, 2010 at 8:31 am

As always, this looks amazing!! You are in it to win it!


Jenny October 18, 2010 at 8:32 am

This is amazing! Your posts are always the best, you’re so talented.


Felicia October 18, 2010 at 9:02 am

those are the two most beautiful pizzas i have ever seen girl! your amazing, lovee the photography too!


Amanda October 18, 2010 at 9:21 am

Angela, you are so inspiring! You put so much hard work, love, and energy into everything you do. Both pizzas look beyond magnificent. You so deserve to win this!


Laurie @ Cookies 'n Cardio October 18, 2010 at 9:44 am

That looks awesome! And by THAT i mean BOTH pizza look AMAZING! Bravo! I love homemade pizza… I have an amazing pizza dough that I make in the bread machine, I’ve been thinking about dabbling in flavored pizza dough, like with sun dried tomato or basil. I think I may just give it a whirl now.


Leanne @ Simplicitlee October 18, 2010 at 9:49 am

THIS looks AMAZING! Well done Ang!


Violetta Maria October 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

Amazing as always :-)


jaime October 18, 2010 at 10:13 am

Yum! You’re already a winner to me! That looks like the healthiest pizza I have ever seen. Great job!!


[email protected] Food Loving Polar Bear October 18, 2010 at 10:28 am

I’m not a vegan and I love cheese, it’s my favourite food in the whole world but this pizza looks amazing. I would LOVE to have slice. You’ve definitely got my vote :)


Amber K October 18, 2010 at 10:34 am

I always thought pizza needed cheese until I tried Amy’s brand roasted vegetable pizza. That caramelized onion sauce makes you completely forget there is absolutely no cheese!

Now that I have to go gluten-free, I’m not really doing the pizza thing. I tried the Amy’s brand rice crust roasted vegetable pizza, but I just didn’t like it! The sauce and toppings were still great, but I miss everything that makes a good pizza. A soft, chewy crust!

You definitely rocked this pizza! It looks great! I’ll admire and drool over it from afar. :)


Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 18, 2010 at 11:05 am

You def. gey my vote! Great job!


Nic October 18, 2010 at 11:22 am

Who needs cheese with colors like those on your pizza! It looks fantastic!


Whit @ Amuse Bouche October 18, 2010 at 11:34 am

gorgeous!! awesome job, once again Angela!


Ashley Craft October 18, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Beautiful photos, delicious-looking vegan pizza! … you have my vote!


[email protected] October 18, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Great job with the dough! I voted for you again, best of luck!


Corey @ the runner's cookie October 18, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Wow! Gorgeous pictures as always, Angela! You are rocking these challenges :)


Jaclyn October 18, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I love this. That pizza looks ah-mazing! Must try it!!


Erin October 18, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I love your site! Awesome recipes and absolutely gorgeous photos. My story is similar to yours and I’m just trying to figure out how to get my glow back – thank you so much for the inspiration. I’m glad to know it is possible!


Charmaine @ Perfectly Picked October 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

This pizza looks amazing! I totally need to try making my own homemade pizza. I bet it felt nice to know all the ingredients that went into this pizza! Maybe you should take a slice to the man who thought you couldn’t have a pizza without cheese ;)


Jamie Langloisr October 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Wow! I am impressed. Your pizza looks like a work of art :O) Beautiful.


Diana @ frontyardfoodie October 18, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Thanks for doing all the hard work! Now I know I can make a good pizza dough. Can’t wait to get started on that.


Foododelmundo October 18, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Love your pizza trauma story, but I like the looks of that pizza even better! Great job! You’ve got my vote. -Katy


Teresa October 18, 2010 at 6:44 pm

So 2 weeks ago I just happened upon your site while searching for a oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. Needless to say I am now in love with your site!! Your recipes are great and I have shared several dishes with family and friends already. Made this pizza today! I used a whole wheat/spelt mixture for the crust. It was delicious! My 2 year old ate it up, although I did make him a slice with soy cheese (for some reason the only veggie he likes on pizza is artichoke hearts). Thanks for all the work, trial and error you do! :) Will definitely be voting for you!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Wow that is great! I love when my recipes are kid friendly too :)
Thanks for your encouraging words and for your vote!


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty October 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I voted!! This is beautiful!!

I also made the dough and the cheese!!!!!!!!!! :) I just didn’t have the stuff for the pesto!!!

It was soooooo tasty!! thanks so much for it!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010 at 6:56 pm

So glad you liked it!! next time u make it try the pesto too, it was so die for. mmm


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty October 18, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Ok, I promise!! hehe :) It’s so tastyyyyyyyy!!!! I have never made homemade pizza before (besides pita pizzas)… it was quick and easy (I made the dough before school)


Fanta October 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Thank you thank you thank you! My boyfriend and I love pizza and it’s especially hard for me when he orders one loaded with meat and cheese and I sit there smelling it and eyeing it up… now it’s my turn to savour! :)


Moni'sMeals October 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Nice work! You work so hard and do such a good job Angela! They look amazing, Eric is so lucky ;)
Fruit pizza….NICE!


Kristen October 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Both of those pizzas look incredibly good.


Shelly Borrell (Nibbles of Tidbits) October 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Very cute and well done all around!!! I see why you’re a favorite. Another vote here. Good luck.



Tiny Urban Kitchen October 18, 2010 at 9:49 pm

The vegan pizza looks wonderful – I’m can’t imagine how you can go wrong with caramelized/roasted onions & pesto. Beautiful photography!


maya @ finding balance in tokyo October 19, 2010 at 12:56 am

Wow. I’m really impressed with how beautiful and soft your pizza dough looks. I love my pizza dough recipe, but I have never been able to get it that soft! I go half whole wheat pastry flour, so I know it won’t ever be quite as soft as with all white flour.. but your photos make me want to play with increasing the oil a bit to seeing how that affects it. :D

PS: I voted for you on foodbuzz!


notyet100 October 19, 2010 at 1:55 am

awesome ,..good luck for the next challenge


Heidi - Apples Under My Bed October 19, 2010 at 4:18 am

This was so brilliant to read, Angela. Good luck! You deserve to get really far. To win!
I just loved seeing the pizza process, and how hard you tried to get it just right! That last picture of the fruit pizza – incredible!
Heidi xo


Lea October 19, 2010 at 5:55 am

The photos in this post are just beautiful! That pizza is drop-dead gorgeous.


Alexis @ Misison: Ambition October 19, 2010 at 9:26 am

Oh man, this looks AMAZING!

I swear, you take the best pictures of any blog I read. Absolutely gorgeous.


Joan Nova October 19, 2010 at 10:22 am

Really colorful pizzas…that’s always a plus! Good luck.


Mariko October 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm

What a crust! What a topping! You’ve got this cheese lover’s vote.


norman bertrand October 19, 2010 at 7:08 pm

a great vegan pizza ive experimented with is a Mashed potato pizza (carmelized onions ,garlic and some vegan mashed potatos)


Margaret October 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Angela – Great work again. Way to go!
Eric told me he had this FANTASTIC pizza for dinner , which left me so looking forward to seeing your post. Only dissapointmnet – you didn’t save a slice for me.
Congradulations on Readers Choice – again…. Best of luck in this round and hope to see you in the next one.


Daydreamer Desserts October 20, 2010 at 8:40 am

I think you nailed it… both pizzas look amazing!


Julie @ Willow Bird Baking October 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I’m definitely a cheese lover, but I’d be pleased as punch with your version of pizza! You have a vote from me!

For my entry, I made pizza for all the wrong times of day: some Deep Dish Pizza Cupfakes and Pizzas Benedict :) Come see if you’d like!


Heather October 21, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Now that’s a pizza. That dough just looks amazing!


Kath October 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm

That is the best looking vegan pizza I have ever seen! This is my first visit to your blog. Love your photos. I’m looking forward to exploring it some more. Oh…and you got my vote! :)


Janelle October 21, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Just made this pizza for supper and it was worth every minute in the kitchen…DELICIOUS!! THANK YOU for sharing!


Santos October 22, 2010 at 11:58 am

amazing, great job!


Jenn October 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I can’t stop drooling! I’m making this pizza this weekend! You are the best.


Sara November 5, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Just made this pizza for our families Friday Night Pizza and Movie Night. I can’t get over the crust! I thought I had a perfect dough recipe already, but this is way better! I love the chewy/crispy outside! My son said that this was his favorite crust ever and we need to use it always. He also said that we should make it into flatbread without any toppings or anything. And the toppings were all fab! Can’t wait to experiment with other veggies! This is our new go to pizza!

thanks again and I am sooo happy that you are advancing so well! Can’t wait for the video!


Sara November 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm

We had some pesto and roasted veggies leftover and mixed them into some pasta tonight (along with the Parmesan and crushed red pepper). Best pasta that I’ve had in a looong time! I am not a huge fan of pasta normally but I had a hard time stopping at one bowl!! Thanks for TWO awesome meals!


April April 16, 2012 at 10:02 am

This recipe looks AMAZING!! Thinking of trying it out for my mom’s bday…just wondering if you think whole wheat flour would work ok??? and some extra veggies like avocado and zucchini?


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 16, 2012 at 10:22 am

You could probably get away with subbing 50% of the flour for whole wheat. Im not sure if 100% would make it too tough. Enjoy!


Inés September 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm

First of all: Angela, I made your pizza today and it was fabulous! Thank you so much for all your recipes. This one and the Roasted Tomato Pesto are definitely on my Top 10 list already and I’m sure there are more to come =) Thanks! You brighten up my days each time I see you posted a new recipe and I love rummaging through your old ones!

And to you April: I did it with whole wheat flour. But I just did my “normal” pizza dough wich consits of 190 g whole wheat flour, 8 g fresh yeast, 1/2 tsp of salt and +/- 95 g water (sorry for the measurements, that’s because I’m from Germany – but I’m sure you can convert it with some online calculator). Just throw it all into your dough kneading machine, add water, until the dough forms a lump (but not sticky!). Take out and knead into a ball (it helps when you leave the water tap dripping so you can moisten your hands). Moisten dough ball, lay into a bowl, cover with plastic wrapper and let it sit for 3-4 hours (or use more yeast, then the dough rises faster). Then, when shaping the pizza, you cannot pull it into shape! Instead, knead again (with moist hands, leave water dripping), and then press the dough with your fingertips into a pizza shape of the desired size (takes some time). That works great. Leave the crust standing and always press from the middle outwards. That way it works with whole wheat flour. Lifting it and pulling though, doesn’t work. Leave it to rest for 10 minutes, then put on the topping. Bake for 10 minutes on the pizza stone at the highest possible temperature. Hope that maybe you read it =)


Susanne May 9, 2012 at 8:44 am

Beautiful pizza and beautiful photography!


Lauren Deck May 20, 2012 at 9:05 am

I have never made a successful pizza, even before becoming a vegan. I made this and it was AWESOME! Thank you for the recipe. As always, I love your site.


Natalye January 3, 2013 at 6:32 am

I was looking for a new kind of pizza dough and stumbled across this, and it is so much tastier than the boring standby I was using before, and a lot easier to manipulate! Thanks for sharing!!!

BTW, do you happen to know the calorie content for this crust, or a rough estimate?


Stephanie January 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I made Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Dough & wanted to chsre bc I’m sure you can perfect it! I am terrible and noting my measurements but here are the ingredients:
Riced Cauliflower
Shredded Almond Cheese
Ground Flax Seed
Vegan Parm Cheese

Mixed the following ingredients. Then putting parchment paper on a pizza pan. Spray parchment with EVOO & sprinkle generously with vegan parm cheese. then lay out cauliflower/almond cheese mixture & flatten into pan. Bake until firm. (Sorry I also don’t time my cooking…need to work on that). It was good enough for a carnivore to love!


Amber Quartermain January 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Hey Angela- Do you think I could use All Purpose Gluten Free flour instead of regular?


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Hi Amber, Im sorry Im not sure! I haven’t tried GF flour in any of my crusts before. I would try googling about it to see if you can find some recipes that have been tested this way. goodluck!


Maria April 2, 2013 at 10:16 am

Hi! I was wondering how you make your homemade olive oil sauce. Also, I’m new to the vegan world. How do you make vegan parmesan cheese and vegan pesto? My fiancé loves pizza and i’m trying to find some vegan pizza recipes and this one looks amazing and I really think he would love it :)


Frank Paul August 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Angela, just wanted to say…your recipes are so good! My boyfriend and I LOVE trying out things from Oh She Glows and we can’t wait to try this pizza…also enjoyed what you wrote about this one…very funny at times, thank you! :)

I went vegan a few months ago and don’t think I would have wanted to stick with it if I hadn’t found your website. I feel GREAT now, so much better than before going vegan…your recipes probably do make me glow. ;) Thanks again for all the wonderful things you share with us. I can’t wait for your book!

<3 Frank Paul


Chantal October 31, 2013 at 8:52 am

Very helpful and fun blog! Did you ever try making this pizza without oil? We try to avoid all oils, yes even olive oil, as they damage endothelial cells which can lead to heart attacks nd strokes (refer to Drs. Caldwell Esselstyn, John A McDougall, Neil Barnard, and Joel Fuhrman). For baking, I normally substitute oil for organic unsweetened applesauce. Would love to see your recipe for an oil-free vegan pizza if you have one. Thanks for all your work in the kitchen. You are a true culinary artist!


nomilk4me November 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm

DO you have the dough and pesto recipe or a link to them?


Karen Hummer April 25, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Loved the blog post and this pizza is mouthwatering to look at – making this weekend!!


Nina Vrolijk May 11, 2014 at 7:34 am

Hi Angela, I have been driving myself crazy the past hour trying to find this recipe again hahaha. Anyways, I’m making a meal plan for next week and I want to try and make this pizza. I have been reading the recipe and have a couple of questions. I want to be precise because in the past week I have made a couple of your recipes and due to me not reading the recipes carefully I messed up a couple of times :-\…

First question: Can I use whole grain bread flour?
Second : I do not eat processed or what is it called again (?) refined sugar. Is the white sugar essential for the dough?
Last question: I was wondering if the recipe for vegan parmesan is really enough to make the pesto with and have leftovers to sprinkle on top?

I hope you can help me. I know this recipe is a bit older ;-).

Nina xo


Erin May 27, 2014 at 10:44 am

I’ve been slowly switching my family to vegetarians and you’re blog has helped me get some new ideas and recipes. Thank you for so many great recipes! I made your vegan pesto last night for pizza and it was DELICIOUS! My husband loved it and had no idea it wasn’t a traditional pesto. My 2 1/2 year old daughter loved it so much she was using the left over as dip this morning for her snack. I’m so happy with all your recipes I purchased a copy go your book. Thank you so much for all the time you put into creating awesome real food and sharing it with others.


Manda January 4, 2015 at 11:27 pm

This looks amazing! I cannot wait to try this recipe! Thank you


Megan June 17, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Hello! I LOVE everything you produce and post! Thank you SO much! I do have a quick question, is this pizza recipe gluten free?
Thank you!!!

Reply November 20, 2016 at 9:52 am

I love this. That pizza looks amazing! Must try it! It looks perfect !


Restaurants supply February 27, 2018 at 3:44 am

i love this. and i love everything you psot. thanks for sharing .do you have pesto recipe ?


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