Stuffed with rich tomato sauce and melted vegan cheese, this easy vegan Pizza Bread makes for a delicious entree or appetizer!
What are some of the food staples you grew up eating as a child? Did your mom/dad cook the same dinners each week and just rotate through them? Did you eat out a lot? What was your favorite meal as a child? This easy vegan pizza bread represents a lot of the foods I loved as a kid: homemade Italian loaves and pizza! The dough recipe (which we called Italian loaves) for this pizza bread is a recipe that my mom has been making since she was a teenager and she has now passed it down to us children. It's the easiest dough recipe ever and if you're new to baking bread, it's a great recipe for beginners. Not only does this simple dough recipe make amazing Italian loaves, but it also makes delicious, chewy grilled focaccia and of course this easy pizza bread!
Pizza Bread Dough Recipe
Like I said, this dough recipe is the easiest thing in the world to make. All you need is a food processor, flour, yeast, sugar, salt and warm water. To start, you simply place all the dry ingredients into a food processor and process for a second to combine everything. Then, while your processor is running on low, you slowly stream in warm water until a dough forms. Once the dough forms you can let the food processor do the kneading for a while longer before removing the dough to rest in a greased bowl for 20 minutes. Voila! You just made pizza bread dough!
Easy Pizza Bread Recipe
Now all you need to do is to turn that blob of dough into pizza bread. Thankfully it couldn't be easier! You simply roll the dough out into a rectangle, cover it with pizza sauce and cheese and tightly roll it up. You can see a lot of the little mistakes I made in the recipe video. For instance, make sure to not add too much sauce and to leave room around the edges or else your sauce will ooze out when you roll up the dough. Also, make sure you roll the dough up tightly so it doesn't have any air pockets, but instead is a tight, cheesy delicious loaf of pizza! If you aren't a fan of pizza or just need fresh bread to serve as a side dish, you can always skip the sauce and cheese and after rolling the dough into a rectangle, roll it tightly up into a loaf, sealing the edges and ends together. Whether your dough is stuffed with sauce and cheese or kept plain, once you roll the dough into a loaf, you need to cover the loaf with a dish towel and let it rest another 40 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the temperature of your house. Here in Malaysia, I find I don't need a full hour to let my bread rise. Either way, once it has rested, all that's left to do is to bake the bread for 20 minutes at 425F/218C, rotating the pan half way through. Once baked and golden on top, let the bread rest for a few minutes before cutting it into thick slices and serving with more tomato sauce if desired. YUM!
Vegan Pizza Sauce Recipe
As for the fillings of this pizza bread, you can either go the easy way (like I do!) and buy store-bought pizza sauce and cheese, or you can make them both from scratch. For a simple pizza sauce, I like to sauté onion, garlic and salt in olive oil until soft. Then I add in freshly chopped basil or dried Italian herbs and a jar of passata. Allow everything to simmer for a while before tasting and adding more salt or sugar to taste. Sometimes I also like to add a splash of balsamic vinegar too!
My Favorite Store-Bought Vegan Cheese Brand
As for vegan cheese, if I have a good brand available at my nearby grocery store, I love NOT having to make my own vegan cheese. My current favorite brand is Violife Foods and I love all their products so far. In this recipe I used their mozzarella cheese block and shredded it myself. If I need to make my own vegan cheese (like I often had to do in China) then my go-to recipe is this one from the Happy Pear for homemade vegan mozzarella. It's amazing and I love when I have the time and energy to make it, because I often think it tastes better than store-bought vegan cheese.
Vegan Pizza-Inspired Recipes
Whether you make your pizza sauce and cheese from scratch or buy them from the store, you'll be sure to love this easy vegan pizza bread! And be sure to check out my other favorite, easy pizza-related recipes below!
Please let me know if you give this recipe a try! I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments. If you try it out and love it as much as we do, be sure to rate the recipe and share it with others. And as always, be sure to snap a picture and share it on Instagram--tagging @theconscientiouseater--so I can see your creation!
- 2 cups flour*
- 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 cups warm water**
- Tomato sauce
- Shredded cheese
- Place all of the dry ingredients in a food processor fitted with the dough blade.
- Turn the processor on low and gradually stream in the warm water until a ball of dough forms. Make sure to add the water slowly, because you don’t want to put too much water in so the dough gets too wet and sticky. Once the dough forms, stop pouring the water, but let the machine continue to run for a minute or so to knead the dough.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it loosely with a towel and let it rest for 20 minutes.
- After the dough has rested 20 minutes, roll it out into a rectangle on a floured surface. Next spread pizza sauce and cheese on the rectangle leaving about 2 inches all around the perimeter (unlike I did in the video). If you don't leave enough space around the edges, the sauce will ooze out when you roll up the dough. Once you spread on your toppings, roll the dough up tightly into a log and pinch the edges and ends together so that the loaf is sealed well. Flip the loaf over so that the seal is on the bottom. Again, cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let the dough rise for 40 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the temperature in your house.
- Towards the end of the second resting period, preheat your oven to 425F degrees. Bake the pizza bread for 20 minutes rotating the pan halfway through.
- Allow the pizza bread to cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving with extra tomato sauce for dipping.
*I like to use a mix of white and whole wheat flour.
**You probably won't need the entire two cups!
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 275Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 7mgSodium 727mgCarbohydrates 52gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 3gSugar 2gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 9g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.