Something for the Weekend – Pineapple Sunshine Deepcrust Pizza

When the sun’s shining, June has got to be the most glorious month of the year in England, don’t you think? The countryside is lush and green, the roses are out in full force, and gardens are a hive of activity.

Roses in June - By the K&A Canal

And after all those months of rain, it’s so refreshing to go out running without an umbrella (yes, I did actually resort to that, much to the amusement of others!) and head out on my beloved bike.

Countryside around Bath

It feels so liberating to travel around on the bike. No queuing in traffic, no waiting for a bus or driving around looking for a parking slot, no expense. Just lots of fresh air, exercise and a chance to take in the beautiful views along the way

Kennet and Avon Canal with Swans - June

Swans and cygnets - K&A Canal - June

I much prefer to take the scenic route into the city centre rather than along the main roads. It only takes a couple of minutes extra, but it’s so worth it. I get to see lots of gorgeous creatures along the way, like these beauties.

Cows and Calves - Bath Countryside

I always give them a wave and often stop to say ‘hi’. They’re very patient with me and this one in particular politely feigns interest in my incessant chatter 😉

Cows in Bathampton

Along with my exercise and travel routines, this time of year, my appetite changes too, and I’m craving lots of fresh salads, fruit smoothies and frappuccinos.

Though my appetite for pizza is year-round, the toppings change to suit the season. To celebrate the arrival of summer, for me, nothing beats our ‘Pineapple Sunshine Deepcrust Pizza’.

PineappleSunshine Deepcrust Pizza (Vegan Style)

This is my vegan take on the classic Hawaiian pizza. The ham’s been removed, and replaced with an array of tasty, sunshine-filled veggies. If you wish, you could sprinkle on some vegan cheese, but these days me and the boys prefer to leave our pizzas cheeseless and let the veggies take centre stage.

Vegan Pineapple Sunshine Deepcrust Pizza

If you’re a subscriber to The Vegan Kind Monthly Subscription Box (TVK), you’ll have spotted this pizza on the June recipe card. It was tucked in with a whole bunch of fab vegan and eco-friendly goodies, including a jar of Mr Organic Italian Sun-dried Tomato Pesto. It was the first time I’d ever tried this brand of pesto and I seriously loved it! It has the most amazing flavour and it works beautifully on the pineapple pizza.

TVK8 Collage

For those of you that don’t receive the TVK box, I thought I’d share our pizza recipe here. I’ve also added some notes about gluten free and speedy options, as well as my vegan cheese recommendations (just in case you still love your pizzas cheesy 😉 )

 

Notes
GF option – I haven’t made a GF pizza myself yet, but ready-made bases/crusts are available to purchase in stores and online. In the UK, the Venice Bakery gluten free pizza bases come highly recommended (I’m looking forward to trying them myself!)

If you wish to add some vegan cheese, I can recommend the Violife brand. It tastes incredibly similar to dairy cheese, yet it’s made with coconut oil! In the UK, you’ll find it in independent health food shops and online.

For a super speedy dinner, we love to make French bread pizzas using a large multigrain baguette or ‘Grand Paysan’ loaf. Roast the veggies for about 15 minutes in a little olive oil. Slice the bread in half and lightly toast on both sides. Spread on the pesto, then pile on the veggies and serve.

What are your favourite things about June?
What kinds of foods are you enjoying right now?

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11 Responses to Something for the Weekend – Pineapple Sunshine Deepcrust Pizza

  1. I’m so pleased you posted the recipe, more people need to see it! I haven’t tried it yet, my husband used the pesto while I was out (I was saving it to make this) but he did make another delicious pizza with it so I can’t complain.

    Lovely photos, those cows look adorable and you live in the most beautiful part of the country, so jealous.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend, the sun’s shining here at the moment so hopefully ours will be sunny!
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    • The cows are gorgeous aren’t they! They’ve got calves with them at the moment but they still come over to say hello. Bless! ♥
      As I get older, I’m appreciating the beauty of this country more and more. It’s wonderful here in the South West, but there are so many places I adore in the midlands and north too. Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and the Lakes have the most breathtaking scenery for hikes & biking. I’m hoping we’ll be able to head up north at some point this year. I’d love to see Leeds as I haven’t visited in years (my hubbie lived there when we were in our early 20s). With all the regeneration work that’s gone on, the city centre sounds awesome!
      Have a wonderful weekend Vicky. Enjoy that sunshine! 😀 xox

  2. What a lovely pizza! I have just come home from work and I’m starting to make one,so your toppings ideas are going to be used! Seeing those pictures makes me miss Somerset so much…. and the ducklings and cygnets me and my daughter used to see when we lived on our canal boat! Thanks for a great Friday read 🙂

  3. I am loving your June weather and scenery, even if London isn’t quite as quiet – and doesn’t have as many cows! – as your part of the country 🙂 I love the look of this pizza too!
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  4. Running with an unbrella!? Haha that cracked me up! I’m glad June is so bright for you 🙂

    This pizza is mouth-watering! I loved Hawaiian pizza, and often include pineapple on my veggie pizzas, but the pine nuts, and corn are great ideas that I haven’t tried yet! In my opinion, nothing beats pesto on a pizza, and what a great idea to use a sun-dried tomato pesto.

    I am down with cheeseless pizzas, too, although I keep hearing about violife cheese and I’m quite curious to try them. I will have to see if New Zealand has any stockists.

    Have a great weekend! I hope it’s sunny 🙂
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  5. That really tickled me! I can’t imagine running with an umbrella ha ha ha
    I used the Mr Organics pesto on a pizza too, love the look of yours though, I’m starting to head to a vegan cheeseless pizza too and instead top it with fresh rocket and chilli oil
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  6. STOP IT! your making me hungry!!!! 🙂 x

  7. The weather is absolutely amazing right now! Summer is in full swing! I would always take the scenic route too 😛
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  8. YUMMY! I do love a good vegan pizza!
    Cows are such beautiful animals aren’t they just 🙂

  9. Gorgeous summery photos these cows look soooo cute but don’t like the way their ears are tagged (the yellow tag sometimes denotes for females that haven’t had a baby yet, but it can be customized probably)! Last weekend we took a road trip to Sun River, about 3-4 hours away from Portland, it’s a lovely wilderness area for families and friends to spend together and it’s pretty dry out there. If you have seen the Twin Peaks show, you’ll know what I mean by the location and setting. It was nice to get away from the city and stay in a woody lodge. I saw lots of deers in the backyard! What a lovely looking pizza, looks so tasty and delicious with summery veggies! Few weekends ago, we had roasted veggies on naan bread and harissa sauce, so tasty! Congratulations with the feature on the Vegan Kind Monthly Subscription Box recipe card!

    • Sun River sounds like such an idyllic place to stay for a weekend break. How wonderful that you got to see deers in the backyard! They’re adorable aren’t they? We have wild deers round here, but you’re very lucky if you get to see them. My hubbies goes out mountain biking in the woods at dusk and occasionally sees them. He’s always so happy when he’s spotted one ♥

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