Vegan pepperoni pan pizza

by @thecuriouschickpea 🍕 Recipe:⠀
Pan Pizza Dough⠀
2¼ cup (295g) bread flour or all purpose flour⠀
1 tsp (6g) salt⠀
1 tsp (4g) instant yeast⠀
1 cup (230g) warm water, ~100 ºF⠀

Pizza Sauce⠀
2 tbsp olive oil⠀
2 cloves garlic⠀
1 tbsp sugar⠀
2 tsp dried oregano⠀
1 tsp garlic powder⠀
1 tsp onion powder⠀
1 tsp salt⠀
½ tsp crushed red pepper⠀
1 28oz can tomatoes⠀

Pizza Toppings⠀
olive oil⠀
8 oz vegan mozzarella⠀
vegan pepperoni⠀
1-2 jalapeños, sliced⠀
red onion, sliced⠀

DIRECTIONS⠀
Make pan pizza dough.⠀
In a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer whisk together flour, salt, and instant yeast. Add the water and mix with a wooden spoon until it forms a shaggy dough and the dough rest for 10 min. Or knead with hands to stand mixer.⠀
Form dough into a ball and then place in a lightly oiled bowl. Roll dough in the oil and cover the bowl. Set aside to rise for 1½ to 2 hrs, or until doubled in size.⠀

Pizza sauce:⠀
Add olive oil, garlic, sugar (if using), dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, crushed red pepper, and a couple spoonfuls of the tomatoes to a blender. Process until smooth and emulsified. Add the rest of the tomatoes and blitz a few times until just ground up.⠀
Pour sauce into a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn the heat to low, partially cover and simmer for 30 min, stirring occasionally. Turn off and set aside when done.⠀
Assemble the pizza⠀
When dough has risen, turn the oven to 550 ºF and set a rack one level below the center. If you have a pizza stone place on the rack.⠀
Pour some olive oil into a 12″ cast iron skillet to coat the bottom.⠀
Gently ease dough into the skillet and stretch to fill. If dough resists, let it rest a few minutes then try again until it covers the skillet. Let rise while the oven preheats, about 30-45 min .⠀
Cover dough with sauce working all the way to the edge. Then top with some of the vegan pepperoni. Sprinkle vegan mozzarella, then top with more vegan pepperoni, sliced jalapeño, red onion.⠀
Bake the pizza for 12-15 min until the cheese is melted and turning golden. Transfer the skillet to a higher rack and broil for 1-2 min until cheese browned. 

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