A delicious seasonal pizza to celebrate the start of the short but sweet fig season. I used Jim Lahey's recipe for his brilliant no knead pizza dough, but feel free to use your own favourite dough. The topping quantities here are enough to top one 10 -12 inch pizza, so multiply the toppings accordingly if you wish to make more pizza!
This is just a quick one from me today! Although I have another recipe in the works that will grace the blog in the next few days, I made this crazy good pizza for lunch today with the first figs of the season and felt that it was well worth sharing.
So, here we have one delicious iPhone picture that I instagrammed earlier and one delicious recipe to accompany it. Because food blogging should be about sharing delicious creations, even spur of the moment ones! Sometimes it just doesn't have to be so complicated.
I've used my all time favourite pizza dough here, Jim Lahey's no knead pizza dough. It's so incredibly easy that it's bordering on ridiculous (literally you just stir together flour, water, salt and yeast then cover and let it do it's thing for about 12 – 18 hours) and it has a better texture and more complex flavour than any other pizza dough I've made at home and rivals that of many pizzas I've had whilst out and about. Feel free to use your own favourite dough, but I highly recommend that you give this one a try.
I am always so excited for the fig season that I end up putting them on anything and everything… so you may see a few back-to-back fig recipes on the blog in the coming weeks. I can't help myself. It's a fig addiction! Maybe I need a fig-tervention?
Anywho, do give this recipe a try. The combination of jammy figs, savoury swiss brown mushrooms, creamy cashew cheese and the flavour-bomb that is reduced balsamic will knock your socks off. I would use rocket / arugula rather than baby spinach if you can. The bitterness works so well with the figs! I used baby spinach as it's what I had around, it was still a perfect match but perhaps slightly less perfect than the rocket would be.
If you make this recipe, take a photo and tag me on instagram @theflouredkitchen #theflouredkitchen so I can see your creation, or let me know how it goes in the comments!
Fig, Swiss Brown Mushroom + Herbed Cashew Cheese Pizza
Yield 1 x 10 – 12 inch / 25 – 30 cm pizza, enough to serve 1–2 people
vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, soy-free
A delicious seasonal pizza to celebrate the start of the short but sweet fig season. I used Jim Lahey's recipe for his brilliant no knead pizza dough, but feel free to use your own favourite dough. The topping quantities here are enough to top one 10 – 12 inch pizza (Lahey's dough recipe makes 4 x 10 – 12 inch pizzas), so multiply the toppings accordingly if you wish to make more pizza.
Herbed cashew cheese adapted from Hot For Food *
For the herbed cashew cheese
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight in cold water or in boiling hot water for 2 hours
- 1/3 cup raw macadamias (or just use more cashews), soaked overnight in cold water or in boiling hot water for 2 hours
- 1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp water (+ more as needed to create a smooth and creamy cheese)
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt (+ more to taste)
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 5–6 grinds of black pepper
- 2 Tbsp finely chopped basil (thyme or rosemary would also work well, use about 1 Tbsp finely chopped)
For the pizza
- about 225g / 1/2 pound of your favourite pizza dough (enough dough to create one 10 -12 inch pizza)
- 3 – 4 Tbsp of herbed cashew cheese
- about 4 small swiss brown mushrooms, stalks removed, caps thinly sliced
- about 3 – 4 small figs, ends trimmed, thinly sliced
- 1 small scallion / spring onion, finely sliced
- handful of arugula/rocket or baby spinach
- flaky sea salt and cracked black pepper
- olive oil
- a drizzle of reduced balsamic (either purchase this ready-made or make your own)
For the cashew cheese
- Drain the soaked nuts and give them a good rinse under cold water. Then add them to a a blender (preferably high-speed) along with all of the other cashew cheese ingredients except the basil.
- Blend on high speed until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Stop and scrape the sides of the blender down as needed and add a little more water if you need it to help the nuts blend & become creamy. Once smooth, remove the cashew cheese from the blender and place in a bowl / container, fold in the finely chopped basil and taste for seasoning. Add a little more salt and/or lemon juice if you'd like. Refrigerate covered until needed.
For the pizza
- Preheat your oven to it's highest temperature with a rack placed in the upper third of the oven and a pizza baking stone placed on the rack (you can also bake the pizza on a baking sheet, if using this method there is no need to preheat the sheet). Do this about 30 minutes to an hour before you plan to bake your pizza to make sure that your oven and pizza stone are searingly hot.
- Meanwhile, take your room temperature pizza dough and flour it, your hands and your work surface, then gently pull and stretch the dough out with your fingers or knuckles to shape it into a 10 – 12 inch round. I like to leave the edges a little thicker and with some air bubbles in tact, for a puffy, blistered crust.
- Place the pizza round on a well floured pizza peel or chopping board (or on an unrimmed baking sheet if not baking on a stone) and switch the oven to broil / grill for 10 minutes to heat up.
- Top the pizza dough with 3 – 4 Tbsp of the herbed cashew cheese, and gently spread it out, leaving a 1 inch / 2 cm border around the edge for the crust. Then layer on the swiss brown mushrooms, fig slices and sliced scallions / spring onions. Sprinkle with a little flaky sea salt and a few generous cracks of black pepper. Transfer the topped pizza gently but swiftly onto the pizza stone in the oven (or place the baking sheet with the pizza on top into the oven) , quickly shut the oven door and bake the pizza for about 3 1/2 – 4 minutes or potentially longer depending on your oven, until the crust is nicely golden brown and charred, watch it carefully as it can burn quickly.
- Slide the cooked pizza out of the oven using the pizza peel and transfer to your serving platter. Top with a handful of arugula / rocket or baby spinach, a little good quality olive oil a drizzle of the reduced balsamic (not too much or it will be overpowering). Sprinkle with extra sea salt and cracked black pepper if you'd like, then slice and serve immediately while it's still piping hot!
* The cashew cheese recipe will make more than you need as it is difficult to achieve a smooth consistency with smaller quanitites. Use it to make more pizzas or just eat it on it's own as a creamy, cheesy dip! If you'd like to make this pizza recipe simpler, use store-bought cashew cheese and simply mix in a tablespoon or two of finely chopped basil.