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I have a love for cooking and want to explore all the possible facets of it. Leave no stone unturned so to speak.

I am Vegan and love all types of vegan cooking.

I love the process of cooking. Being in the moment. Sort of Zen and the Art of Cooking.

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Wild Mushroom Pizza with Garlic and Thyme

Something very strange is happening to me. I am really enjoying these fast and easy to prepare recipes. This from the person who loved to spend the entire night in the kitchen cutting, dicing, preparing and cooking. A one page recipe, too easy, no challenge! Not any more. These fast and simple recipes are great. Be it pan fried bread or home-made pasta, they are so quick and easy to make. Here is another one. Home made pizza.

It takes about an hour to proof so it is not quite "Fast" but compared to what I used to do all the time this is really fast. I am not going to tell you which cookbook this recipe comes from because if you have read any of my Vegan posts, you know what my Favourite cookbook is. I really do need to see if there is any other good vegan cookbook out there.

I try to speed up the proofing by turning my "Keep Warm" element on and placing the covered bowl on top for about 5 minutes then turn off the element. I use to place the bowl in my oven at 200 degrees F for 5-10 minutes and then remove but the element idea is faster. This really speeds up the proofing time if you are in a hurry or it is really cold in your kitchen.

Start with the basic dough and then go crazy adding whatever you like to the pizza. Belle is not a pizza person at all but loves the wild mushroom pizza.

This is also a great Family Time idea. Everyone can make their own pizza and put the toppings on or make a big square like I do and put different toppings on different parts. Everyone will enjoy the making and the eating!

Wild Mushroom Pizza with Garlic and Thyme
adapted from the Vegan Planet by Robin Robertson

1 recipe of Enriched Pizza Dough (recipe follows)
12 oz mixed mushrooms, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
4-5 cloves of garlic, pressed
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves , chopped
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Any type of tomato sauce or pizza sauce (optional)
vegan cheese (optional)

Enriched Pizza Dough:
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
3/4 cup hot water, divided (let the tap run for a couple of minutes on hot,start with 1/4 cup and get the rest later )
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup soy flour
1 1/2 tbsp ground sesame seeds (I use a mortar and pestle to do this)
1 tsp fine sea salt
Pinch of sugar
1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Place the yeast in a small bowl with 1/4 cup of hot water and stir and let rest while you get everything else ready (5-10 minutes)
  2. In a food processor place the flours, sesame seeds, salt and sugar and process.
  3. While processing add the yeast, olive oil and 1/2 to 1 cup of water through the tube. I find I need almost 1 cup but the recipe calls for only 1/2 cup.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and kneed it for a few minutes.
  5. Spray vegetable spray in a medium sized bowl and place the dough ball in, and spray the top and side of the dough with the vegetable spray.
  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let proof for about an hour.
  7. Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  8. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and punch it down, roll it out to about 1/4" thick circle (I never end up with a circle, but I really don’t care about the shape).
  9. Place the rolled out pizza dough on a lightly oiled baking sheet or stone and bake for 10 minutes on the bottom rack of the oven.
  10. Prepare your toppings


  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for 8-10 minutes. stirring often.
  2. Add the thyme and season with salt and pepper and cook until most of the liquid evaporates (10 minutes).
  3. Spread the tomato sauce on the pizza (if using), add the mushrooms and the vegan cheese (if using) and bake for 12 -15 minutes.
  4. Serve

Enriched Pizza Dough

Vegan Pizza

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