Today I have a coconut bacon and cherry tomato pizza to share with whoever stumbles across this recipe. But first… I have a disclaimer to make before I get into the details of this.
I know the pizza looks (and is… only slightly) burnt. lol. Yeah. I did leave the pizza in the oven for a bit too long. So I don’t believe that these pictures paint the best representation of this pizza. Nevertheless, this pizza is still a ridiculous good alternative to those who want a meat-free pizza option that doesn’t limit itself to cheese, tomato and veggies.
The savoury coconut bacon truly adds a lot of depth to the flavour which contrasts the cherry tomatoes perfectly. I feel like the instructions of this recipe is pretty self-explanatory and there aren’t any extra notes to add. (Other than not burning the pizza of course).
The ingredients list and steps are long considering how quick this recipe actually is. Another recipe that is similar, is the rose apple frangipane tarts. My goal for the future is to create videos so the instructions are more condensed and visualised a bit better. I know it’s something, I often appreciate when reading food blogs. For now, I hope that the steps I have given are sufficient enough for everyone to understand.
Overall, this recipe is quick and easy. Although recommended, proving is optional and isn’t necessary in order to create a great pizza. I have made this both with and without proving. They mostly tasted the same except the unproved crust and base was slightly harder. Allowing it to sit before cutting a slice can remedy this issue.
To extend the disclaimer on the badly cooked pizza.
One of my cooking goals is to work on my technique. I love creating and playing with flavours especially in retrospect to baking. But my cooking techniques, in particular, are lacking. I’m much more of a baker at heart. This is something that I will probably chronicle as I create and post new recipes.
Other than that I hope you enjoy!
Coconut Bacon & Cherry Tomato Pizza
Coconut bacon is a savoury meat mimic that tastes as close to the real thing as possible. Add it to a pizza and you have the perfect meal. Makes an 8-inch pizza .
- 150 g strong white bread flour
- 100 g Plain wholemeal flour
- 4 g instant yeast
- 1 Tsp golden caster sugar
- 175 ml lukewarm water
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup Flaked coconut
- 1 Tbsp Tamari sauce
- ½ Tbsp Olive oil
- 1 tsp Maple syrup
- 1 tsp Smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp Black pepper
- Salt to taste
- 1 Tbsp Olive oil
- 2 medium garlic clove minced
- 10 Cherry tomatoes halved
- 300 g passata
- 1 tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp oregano
- 300 g mozzarella
- 150 g chedder or a hard cheese
- fresh basil onion, rocket (optional)
- Coconut bacon
Preheat oven to 160 C (325 F). Place all of the coconut bacon ingredients into a bowl and stir. Spread coconut bacon onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for 6 minutes before stirring and baking for another 2 minutes. Keep an eye on it as it burns easily.
Prepare the pizza dough by adding strong white flour, wholemeal flour, sugar and yeast into a bowl before stirring and making a well in the middle. Add half of the water and stir before adding the other half. The dough should be soft and slightly sticky but not hard.
Place the dough in a bowl and allow it to prove (I recommend proving for at least 45 minutes but I have made this pizza without proving and the results have been just as good) while you prepare the sauce.
Add oil, garlic and cherry tomatoes into a small pot, satay till garlic begins to brown. Add passata and the rest of the sauce ingredients and stir. Simmer on a medium heat for 5 minutes till thickened. Set aside.
Sprinkle flour onto the surface and knead for 2 minutes till the dough isn't sticky anymore and is elastic. Separate dough into 2 equal balls.
Generously flour the surface again and start shaping the dough. Add oil to the top of the dough and use your hands to flatten and push it out till it is approx. ½ cm in height. Do this for each pizza.
Add your toppings including sauce, cheese, fresh basil and onions. You can also slide a bit of coconut bacon underneath some of the cheese but that's optional.
Place the pizza in the oven at 200 C (400 F) for 10 minutes. Right before the pizza is cooked sprinkle a generous amount of coconut bacon on the pizza. Place in the oven for no more than 2 minutes. Cut the pizza and serve whilst warm!
- Make sure to drain and squeeze as much liquid out of the mozzarella as possible before adding it to the pizza.
- Coconut bacon recipe from minimalistbaker.com.
- The coconut bacon recipe makes more than enough for one pizza. If you don't want any leftovers I recommend halving the ingredients.