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Squash Blossom Pizza – Issue 28

Squash Blossom Pizza

Serves 4

Per 100g:
Calories: 195 | Carbohydrates: 24.0g | Sugars: 1.8g | Fat: 7.9g | Saturates: 4.4g | Protein: 5.6g | Salt: 1.4g

Ingredients:

  • 60ml (¼ cup) grapeseed oil or olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, trimmed and peeled, sliced to about ¼ in (6mm) thick
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1g (1 tsp) chilli flakes, plus extra for serving
  • Pinch saffron threads (optional)
  • 120g (1 cup) raw cashew pieces, soaked in filtered water at room temperature for 4 to 6 hours
  • 80ml (⅓ cup) unsweetened canned coconut milk or coconut cream
  • 113g (4oz) extra-firm silken tofu or unsweetened plain vegan yogurt
  • Juice from ½ lemon (1 tbsp)
  • ¾ tsp coarse kosher salt (if using regular salt, use half the amount)
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp white chia seeds
  • Cornmeal, for crust
  • 450g (1 pound) vegan pizza dough of choice
  • 10 squash blossoms, washed and drained, stamen removed, halved lengthwise
  • Freshly ground peppercorn
  • Maldon sea salt

Method:

  1. Place the oil, onion, garlic and pepper flakes in a small saucepan. Heat on medium-low heat, then lower the heat once the bulky ingredients start to sizzle slightly. Cook on low heat for 5 minutes until fragrant and the onion becomes translucent. Remove from the heat, add the saffron threads (if using) and infuse for 1 hour. Mince the garlic and set aside.
  2. Drain and rinse the cashews. Place the coconut milk, tofu, cashews, lemon juice, salt and nutritional yeast in a food processor or high-speed blender. Process until smooth. Add the chia seeds and process a few times until slightly thicker. Set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 232°C (450°F/Gas Mark 8). Place a thin layer of cornmeal on a large baking tray. Roll out the pizza dough as thin as you can into a rectangle, approximately 11 x 14 inches
    (28 x 36 cm). Lightly brush the whole surface with infused oil, including the edges. There will be leftovers of the oil, which can be used to stir-fry veggies or to flavour pasta or other grains. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  4. Top with a layer (not too thick) of cashew preparation. There will be leftovers, which can be used on a future pizza within a week. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  5. Evenly place the halved squash blossoms on the surface. Top with the minced garlic and with onion slices scooped out from the infused oil with a fork. Bake until golden brown, about 16 minutes. Top with ground pepper, salt and extra chilli flakes to taste. Serve immediately.

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