Hello Everybody, today I decided that I would try to make some vegan calzones.
Not only did I decide to make them but also share the process with you, I thought it would be very complicated but it was actually easier than I thought. Below you will find the recipe first, and then I will do a step by step with pictures.
ENJOY.. and BON APPETI.
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
5 – 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour ( or half whole wheat and half white flour)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
Pesto sauce ( any kind)
Frozen veggies ( if needed)
Salt and spices to your taste
Directions for Dough:
1. In a very large bowl combine yeast and sugar. Pour warm water over all. Let stand 5 minutes. Using a wooden spoon stir in 2 cups of the flour, the olive oil, and salt. Stir in as much remaining flour as you can. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes). Shape dough into a ball. Place in a greased bowl, turn to grease surface. Cover; let rise for 40 minutes or until double in size.
2. Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 10 equal portions or more. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Then you can start making your Calzones!
Preheat oven to 350 F
Bake calzones for 20 minutes
Ok so, I combined my water, sugar and yeast and had to wait for 5 minutes until it was foamy
How it looks in the beginning
How it looks after 5 minutes
Once I did that I added the olive oil, salt, and 2 cups of flour( 1C whole wheat, 1C White flour) and then mixed it
Then I gradually started putting the rest of the flour, alternating from whole wheat to white flour, at this point I had to use my hands as I could not mix it with the wooden spoon anymore.
And this was how my dough came out after 10 minutes of kneading it. It was not sticky, it was just perfect.
So then I put it in greased up bowl and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.
During the time that my dough was rising, I got all my ingredients for my filling ready
I then started to sauté them, first mushrooms then paper, broccoli, frozen veggies, and at the end the spinach. I sauté them for about 10 minutes, I didn’t want them too soggy as they will also be cooked in the oven.
Once that was sautéed, I crumbled up my tofu in another bowl, added the pesto sauce and some Soy Milk sauce to make it creamier. And added whatever spices I wanted to make it DELICIOUS.
Now it was time to check back on the dough, and it had doubled in size! WOHOO
I then divided it in equal pieces and let them rise for about 10 minutes.
Once the 10 minutes was up, I put flour on the counter top and started to roll it out. One by one of course.
Then put it in my little calzone folding machine thingy ( i don’t know how it is called) but its a life saver and supper easy to use) I put in about 2 table spoons of tofu, and then the veggies on top. Once that was done, I folded it, took out the extra edges, and press down so that it can close properly.
And this is how it looks when i open it, Beautiful right!?
Once I finished with all of them, I preaheated the over to 350 F, and popped them in the oven for 20 minutes.
And the end result! DELICIOUS! And so healthy! No cheese, no dairy products.
I hope that you will try this in your kitchen! and if you have any questions you can always ask me!! ENJOY!!! ❤