If you’re still trying to hang on to those fresh summer flavours, but are also in the mood for pizza (who isn’t?) try this surprisingly elegant and fresh-tasting plant-based peach basil pizza!
I’ve been kind of looking for an excuse to get back into making homemade pizza dough for the past few months and one day it arrived in the form of a beautiful new pizza stone, gifted to me by the makers of my current favourite bakeware Emile Henry. Not that it’s hard to make your own pizza dough, and not that it’s not worth it, but when it comes to pizza, we’ve kind of gotten into “stick with the basics” mode and we always just do either takeout or frozen pizza. I found myself really wishing for something a little different and for that “Wow, I can’t believe I actually made this” feeling that comes along with fresh pizza dough. If you’ve ever tried it, you know exactly what I’m talking about. 🙂 Of course, we’re right in the middle of peach season right now, and we live in a beautiful peach-growing region, so something seasonal, even if it is a little less conventional, seemed like an obvious choice.
Ingredients Needed for the Plant-Based Peach Basil Pizza Recipe
- Fresh peaches
- Your favourite homemade pizza dough
- Fresh basil
- Pizza sauce
- Plant-based mozzarella cheese
- Balsamic glaze
Although I decided to make my own pizza dough, I decided not to go overboard and spend five hours making this pizza, so I just used store-bought pizza sauce and a balsamic glaze that my neighbour always uses on all kinds of impressive snacks that she serves us. If you’re just curious about the peach-basil combination and want to make the whole thing even easier, feel free to use your favourite store-bought pizza crust as well. 🙂
Assembling the Peach Basil Pizza
This is an extra simple pizza to put together. Start out by rolling out your dough and spreading the sauce. Regular pizza sauce works really well with this recipe, but if you want to get even more creative, you can substitute your favourite bbq sauce or a garlic-infused olive oil works well too. Peaches just get along so well with so many other flavours. 🙂
Next, sprinkle your cheese evenly over the whole pizza.
Finally, layer on your sliced peaches.
Note: I prefer to keep my basil fresh and bright green, so I add it on after baking the pizza, but you can add your basil on here as well if you like it a little charred and wilted. Both are great. You can’t go wrong.
I would also recommend with this recipe that you increase the amount of salt that you use in your pizza dough compared to what you would normally use. Because the ingredients in this pizza all tend to be a bit on the sweet side, the extra salt really helps to balance things out.
After the pizza has been baked, generously sprinkle basil ribbons over the whole thing and drizzle with the balsamic glaze. It will look like a masterpiece, guaranteed. 🙂
Here’s the full printable recipe!
- 2 Fresh peaches
- 1/2 cup Fresh basil
- 3/4 cup Shredded plant-based mozzarella cheese
- 1 small can Pizza sauce
- Balsamic glaze
- Your favorite homemade pizza dough
Preheat the oven to 425.
Thinly slice your peaches and chiffonade your basil.
Roll out your pizza dough until you have a circle about 12-14" in diameter and spread your pizza sauce over top.
Sprinkle the cheese over the sauce, then place your peach slices.
Bake for about 15 minutes at 425. I also turned on the broiler for an additional minute or so just to get the peaches extra roasty at the end.
Spread your basil over the entire pizza, then drizzle liberally with your balsamic glaze. Slice and enjoy!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.