Walnut Pesto Pizza

Walnut Pesto Pizza

Time to replace the usual tomato sauce on your pizza with this delightful walnut pesto. Preparing your own pizza dough is actually simpler than you may think. Follow our recipe below and you´ll see for yourself.

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Prepared and shot by Florencia Tagliavini, NutraMilk nutritionist.

INGREDIENTS

For the walnut butter

  • 235g of walnuts
  • A Pinch salt (optional) 

For the Walnut Pesto

  • 75g of walnut butter made with the NutraMilk
  • 60g walnuts
  • 1 large bunch fresh basil (~70g)
  • 10g packed fresh parsley, chopped
  • 45g grated parmesan cheese
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 55g extra virgin olive oil

For the Pizza Dough

  • 240g warm water (40-45 degrees C)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 300g cups all-purpose flour or gluten-free pizza crust flour mix
  • 1 tsp salt

Pizza Toppings

  • 230g of mozzarella shredded or sliced*
  • 25g bocconcini fresh mozzarella balls, cut in to slices*
  • 1-2 tomatoes, sliced
  • Oregano and red pepper flakes to sprinkle

*If vegan, use a vegan cheese.

INSTRUCTIONS

Makes 1 large pizza or 2 small ones.

  • To make the walnut butter:
    • Place the walnuts in the NutraMilk container.
    • Press Butter cycle, set for 5-6 minutes.
    • Press Start.
    • Open the container lid.
    • If necessary, set for an additional 1-2 minutes for a creamier butter.
    • Leave 1/3 in NutraMilk container and take out and store the rest for later use.
  • To make pesto:
    • Add basil, parsley, the rest of the walnuts, parmesan cheese, lemon juice and zest, garlic, salt and pepper to the NutraMilk.
    • Press butter for 1 minute or until finely chopped and combined. Set aside 1/3 cup or a bit more for recipe and store the rest for later use.
  • To make pizza dough (recipe by JoyFoodSunshine)
    • Put warm water into a large mixing bowl.
    • Add sugar and yeast and stir to combine.
    • Let mixture sit for 5 minutes, or until it becomes frothy and bubbles form.
    • Add olive oil and gently stir to combine.
    • Add flour and salt and mix with a spatula until a ball begins to form (dough will still be slightly sticky)
    • Transfer to a floured surface and knead into a smooth dough, adding up to ½ cup extra flour if needed.
    • Roll dough into your desired shape and thickness and gently transfer to your prepared pan.
    • To ensure the dough doesn't form air pockets, use a fork to prick to the dough all around (gently so you do not poke holes all the way through the crust).
    • Bake on the lower rack of your preheated oven for 5 minutes and remove from your oven. (this is just to very slightly prebake the dough). If you notice air bubbles forming, poke them with a fork to let the air out.
    • Add pizza sauce and toppings of choice!
    • Bake on the lower rack of your oven for around 15-20 minutes until the crust looks crispy and lightly browned.

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