The Vegan Pizza Sessions, Pt.5: Kara’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust

My friend Kara was doing a diet in which she could not eat anything with grains, including regular flour. When I asked her what she missed the most, she said “Pizza”. I had tried cauliflower pizza crust before, but never made it myself. So obviously, I told her I would make her some. After a couple of practice sessions, I realized that I couldn’t follow typical recipes for cauliflower pizza crust; I have carpel tunnel syndrome, so straining the cauliflower rice with towels is very painful for me. So, this is a slightly different, less messy procedure. I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients

  • 2 large cauliflower florets, washed, chopped, boiled (5 minutes) and drained.
  • 1 cup almond flour.
  • 2 flax eggs (this is super easy to make. Take 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed, and mix with 4 tablespoons of water. Mix and let rest for approximately 1 minute until achieving a gooey texture).
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano.
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika.
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder.
  • Black pepper to taste.
  • Olive oil (for brushing the parchment paper).
  • Materials: high speed blender or food processor, a non-stick pan and an oven pizza tray, parchment paper.

Procedure

  1. Place the drained cauliflower in a blender and process until achieving a “rice” texture. Note: I like processing the cauliflower until achieving a soft, mashed potato-like texture.
  2. In a non-stick pan, place the cauliflower paste at medium heat and stir (folding and unfolding) letting the excess water evaporate. This process may take you 10-30 minutes depending on the heat of your stove and the water retained by your cauliflower. The important thing is to evaporate as much water as possible avoiding that the cauliflower turns brown (otherwise, when make it into pizza dough it will crack). Once ready, place into a mixing bowl and let cool down.
  3. Preheat the oven at 220 degrees Celsius.
  4. Make the flaxseed eggs once the cauliflower paste has cooled, and add them with all the remaining ingredients (Note: if you make the flaxseed egg in advance, it will harden and get really thick). Mix well.
  5. Line the pizza tray with some parchment paper and slightly brush with some olive oil.
  6. Extend the cauliflower paste evenly on the tray. Make little holes on the pizza crust with a fork to prevent any bubbles from happening and to let the dough breathe.
  7. Place in the oven for 25 minutes. Then, remove and flip over. (Tip: I find it easier to flip by putting some parchment paper on top of the dough, and then a hard board, like a large cutting board. Then, I flip it over the kitchen counter and slide it back onto the pizza tray). Place in the oven for another 25 minutes to cook evenly.
  8. Once cooked, let it cool down (this will remove excess humidity and make it harder).
  9. Add any toppings that you like and make a pizza! (Note: don’t be frustrated if your pizza crust breaks. Cauliflower pizza crust is very fragile, so don’t expect to be able to eat a pizza slice by holding it with your hand!)

Enjoy!

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