VEGAN Fruit Pizza: Who said pizza could only be savory?!

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Exactly a year ago , in the middle of a lockdown, thousands of miles away from where I live, I lost my father.

Like many among us who lost a loved one in 2020, I wasn’t able to fly to attend the funeral and bid him a one last goodbye. Amidst an emotional rollercoaster, I found myself writing to him a farewell letter and sharing it on my social platforms. 

Although I am private person, I felt no shame at that very specific moment of loss to share my agony with the world! Actually, I am glad I did.

Not only did I feel relieved, I was actually swamped by an overwhelming support that I badly needed.

A day past the loss I received a care package from a wonderful lady who I met only twice. Her thoughtful package had healthy meals for two days and a lovely dessert for the kids.

The unexpected dessert was a deconstructed fruit pizza that came with fresh sourdough, a box of juicy and vibrant red fruits, Nutella spread, in addition to some cream and sizable fluffy marshmallows. 

Assembling the fruit pizza was a mood changer for the entire family!  We all needed a moment to disconnect and rinse off some of the sorrow and sense of loss that had been lingenring 

HOW TO MAKE A DELICIOUS FRUIT PIZZA? 

Today, I am thrilled to share my recipe of this thoughtful pizza, which I hope will put a smile on those many of us who are still struggling in many ways, during the pandemic madness. 

I am not sourdough savvy so I figured another pizza dough that offers the same fluffiness. This soft dough is so versatile and I even used it as a blanket for several fillings. 

The pizza crust is as simple as combining four ingredients by hand or with a stand mixer. Using instant yeast makes the rising time of this dough pretty quick.

After you shape the dough into the size of a pizza disk you prefer, pop it with no topping in the oven.

While the pizza dish is still warm, spread the Nutella and the pizza steam will make the chocolate hazelnut spread run easily on the pizza surface. Arrange your favorite fruits slices, and sprinkle M&M or/and marshmallows on top.

For a vegan chocolate-hazelnut spread, I used the recipe of the Minimalist Baker food blog, but feel free to use a grocery store bread if  you prefer.

Personally, I steer away from grocery store chocolate spread as it contains palm oil, that is notorious for  saturated fat. 

FRUIT PIZZA IS AN EXCELLENT HEALTHY BREAKFAST AND DESSERT 

In case you are out of ideas for breakfast or dessert for the kids, this pizza is a delicious breakfast idea or dessert, in addition to being a hands-on activity for the kids.  

Even better, you can create a pizza bar with the all the sweet toppings and let each family member customize their own.  

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I do hope that you try this pizza recipe soon and let me know your feedback. 

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VEGAN FRUIT PIZZA 

 

Serves 6-8 people 

INGREDIENTS

The Dough

  • 3 cups all purpose flour 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast 
  • 3 tablespoons sugar 
  • 1 cup warm water 
  • Chocolate-hazelnut spread 
  • Chopped fruit
  • Marshmallows 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make the dough: In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, sift together the flour and salt. Run the mixer and add the oil gradually, turn off the mixer when all the four is covered with oil. 
  2. Proof the yeast: In a separate small bowl combine the yeast, sugar and water. Cover the bowl and let the mixture proof in a warm place. When the yeast water mixture starts to bubble and becomes frothy, add it to the dry ingredients and change the paddle attachment to the hook. Turn off the mixer when a soft, sticky dough comes together.
  3. Let the dough rise: Transfer the dough ball to a clean sizable bowl covered with oil and let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in size.  
  4. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  5. Shape the dough: Remove the dough from the bowl and knead by hand for one or two minutes and then divide the dough to two equal pieces, or four equal pieces for smaller size pizzas. Using your hands, try to elevate the pizza border by pushing down the center of the pizza. Let the shaped pizza rise again for 20 minutes. 
  6. Bake the dough: In a preheated oven to 375ºF  bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the crust bottom starts to brown.
  7. Serve the pizza crusts with chocolate-hazelnut spread, honey, fresh fruits, chocolate chips and/or marshmallows.
NERMINE'S NOTES:

  • To brown and melt the marshmallows, place the pizza under the broiler, in the oven for a couple of minutes OR simply use a torch when the kids are away. 

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