Vegan Calzone Recipe

I’ve spent many years playing with pizza recipes – my wife and I even created our own “How to make Pizza” recipe poster on our honeymoon. 

So when Now Then magazine put out a call for vegan recipes,  it seemed a good opportunity to provide my Calzone recipe. Here it is, in all its glory: enjoy!

Disclaimer: I am a proud member of the chuck-it-in-it’ll-be-fine school of cooking. I firmly believe a happy cook just throws stuff in a pan, rather than measuring 18g of this and 3.5 medium egg yolks of that; so take my measurements with a pinch of salt, so to speak. This recipe makes around 3-4 calzones.

Ingredients

  • Photo of freshly cooked CalzoneAbout 200g of strong bread flour (around 12% protein is best).
  • Warm water.
  • Few spoons of salt.
  • Few spoons of sugar.
  • Dried instant yeast (assuming you aren’t a brand of vegan that cares about fungi. If you do, miss out the yeast, it’ll still work, but the bread won’t be as tasty).
  • Tomato passata (the own brand stuff from Co-op works fine).
  • Veg.
  • Herbs/spices.
  • Vegan mozzarella style cheese.
  • Soya milk.

Recipe

Dough

  1. Prewarm the oven to 70°C (If you want to get the dough ready quickly. It’ll be tastier if you leave it to rise over 4 hours without extra warmth, but it’ll take 4 hours.)
  2. Mix the salt, sugar and yeast in a bowl.
  3. Stir in the flour, so it’s all nicely mixed.
  4. Carefully add water, mixing by hand, until you have one non-sticky ball of dough.
  5. Knead it on a floured surface for about 5 minutes, until your hands ache.
  6. Turn off the oven, chuck the dough back in the bowl, cover the bowl with a teatowel, and put the bowl in the oven.
  7. Leave to rise for an hour.
  8. Take it out, knead it some more, and roll it into flat round pizza bases.
Filling
  1. Fry a load of onions, peppers, mushrooms, garlic, chilli, spinach, soya mince – whatever you want in your calzone.
  2. Mix in some herbs & spices – I usually use mixed herbs, paprika and mild chilli powder (but loads of it, so you get the taste of the chilli coming through).
  3. Put a few dollops of passata in with the veg.
  4. Heat the rest of the passata in a pan/microwave.
Putting it all together
  1. Preheat oven to 230°C – the higher the better.
  2. Pop a pizza base on an oven tray.
  3. Dollop veg in to the middle.
  4. Cover the veg in cheese – you can use soft cheese, or nothing, if you prefer.
  5. Using a pastry brush, make the edges of the base wet with milk.
  6. Fold it over, and squidge the edges together to seal it.
  7. Paint the whole top with milk, to make it go extra brown in the oven.
  8. Cook for 10ish minutes, until brown.
  9. Serve with hot passata on top

Then eat all yours, then eat what your wife couldn’t manage, then look longingly at the one saved for tomorrow… Man, do I love pizza…

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