Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Vegan MoFo #3 - Pizza Rolls

 If a pizza fell in love with a cinnamon roll this would be the result. Pizza rolls! Deliciously herby, cheesy, tomatoey pizza rolled up, sliced and sprinkled with more cheese before being baked to gooey perfection. Heavenly.

I actually prefer these to actual pizza! There's just something so satisfying about biting into the soft dough swirled with tomato and cheese that I can't resist!

Pizza Rolls
Makes 12 large rolls

400g strong white flour
1tsp salt
1Tbsp sugar
1 sachet (7g) fast active yeast
2Tbsp olive oil
225ml tepid water

1 small tin of tomato paste
1/4C basil, chopped
3C grated vegan cheese*
1tsp garlic granules
Salt & Pepper
Garlic infused oil

In a large mixing bowl or a stand mixer combine the dry ingredients until well mixed. slowly add in the water (it's really important that the water is just a bit above your body temperature, if it's too cold it won't activate the yeast and if it's too hot it'll kill it! I just run the tap until its almost hot and that always works fine) and mix on high speed until a smooth dough forms. The dough should be soft to the touch but not sticky, feel free to add more flour if needed.

Form the dough into a ball and return to the bowl. Cover with a plastic bag and leave to rise for 45mins, or until the dough has doubled in size.

Once the dough has risen remove it from the bowl and knead for a couple of minutes on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a large rectangle and spread with the tomato paste. Sprinkle on the herbs, garlic, salt and pepper and sprinkle over half of the grated cheese. Roll the dough up tightly into a long roll and cut into 12 even pieces. 

Grease a large baking dish with garlic oil before placing the rolls about an inch apart in the dish. Cover with a plastic bag and allow to rise for a second time, about 30mins.

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5 and sprinkle the risen rolls with the rest of the grated cheese. Bake for 20-25mins, until the rolls are lightly browned on the top and the cheese is molten and bubbling. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

*choose a vegan cheese that melts really well, for this I used Violife Pizza Cheese

Note: I recently made a healthier version replacing the cheese with nutritional yeast! You can also bake these in a muffin pan to make individual pizza rolls perfect for freezing for packed lunches!


  1. YUM!! These look incredible, great idea.

  2. Wow those look great! I love the logo of the kitchen aid mixer on your site! I have a yellow mixer that looks just like it!!!

  3. OMG! Yes!! This is perfection! I tried pizza rolls at Cinnaholic in Berkeley last year and was blown away. I can't wait to try your recipe!

  4. Why have I never thought of this? It looks AMAZING. I definitely want to try this!

  5. I'm not sure if my first comment went through but these look amazing!

  6. Brilliant! Thanks for posting these. They could very well be a solution to a problem I've been facing.

  7. These look absolutely perfect! Lovely photos! YUM! :D

  8. Holy smokes, I need this right now. That looks amazing.

  9. Wow! That looks so good (especially that last picture).

  10. Oh, the inside is so droolworthy. There used to be a place in my hometown that made vegan pizza rolls. So so so so good. I think you should open up a shop in Montreal!

  11. YES! I need this!

  12. Thanks for this fantastic idea. Definitely making these!

  13. Oh my gosh - those look so yummy! Great job!

  14. This might be the yummiest thing I've ever seen in my life! My whole life.

  15. Made these with noochy almond parm instead of melty cheese--they were great.