Roll out the dough, top and bake! This heart shaped pizza recipe by Vitamix is all you need this Valentine’s Day to impress your date. Keep it simple with the thin, crispy crust and leave as is for the cheese-only fans.
You don’t even need to steer clear the bench to make room for your stand mixer. This recipe helps you learn your way with a trusty blender and whip up your pizza dough. The trick comes from a special reverse blade to mix your dry ingredients. That’s when you know you’re lucky to own a Vitamix blender.
- Vitamix blender
- Vitamix Dry Grains Container
- Digital scale
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Large mixing bowl
- Proving basket
- Silicone spatula
- Pizza pan
- Wooden rolling pin
For the pizza dough
- 240ml (1 cup) warm water, divided use, 40C-46C (105F-115F)
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp active dry yeast
- 310g (2 ½ cup) all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 tbsp olive oil, divided use
- 2 tbsp whole grain cornmeal
For the toppings
- 40g (⅓ cup) grated parmesan cheese
- 320g (1⅓ cup) pizza sauce
- 140g (1¼ cup) mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Any choice of pizza toppings (optional)
To make the pizza dough
- Combine warm water, sugar, and yeast in a large mixing bowl, stirring slowly to mix. Transfer in a proving basket and set aside for 5 minutes.
- Attach the Dry Grains Container to your Vitamix blender. Add flour and salt into the container following the order listed, then secure the lid.
- Select Variable 1. Turn the machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 6. Process until mixture is blended and a hole forms in the center of the ingredients, about 5 seconds. Stop the machine and remove the lid plug.
- Again, select Variable 1 then turn the machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 6. Add the yeast mixture and 1 tablespoon of olive oil through the lid plug opening. Stop the machine and put the lid plug on.
- Select High speed. Use the On/Off switch to slowly pulse four times. Stop the machine and remove the lid.
- While dough rests, lightly coat pizza pan with cornmeal.
- Use a wet silicone spatula to scrape the sides of the container, pulling the dough away from the container sides and into the center of the mixture. Put the lid on.
- Select High speed. Use the On/Off switch to slowly pulse five times.
- Add additional water, 1 tbsp at a time, only if dough seems exceptionally dry.
- Repeat the process four times, scraping the sides of the container until the dough binds together into a soft, elastic mixture.
- To aid in removing the dough from the container, turn the machine On and Off five times (this lifts the dough up and away from the blades) and slowly invert the container over a clean work surface, lightly dusted with flour.
- Cover the dough with a clean, dry kitchen towel or inverted bowl and let rest for 15 minutes.
To prepare the pizza
- Preheat the oven to 220C (425F).
- Use the heel of your hands to deflate the dough, keeping it round then roll lightly with a wooden rolling pin. Start from the center outward using equal strokes in each direction, lifting and turning the dough a one fourth turn after each stroke. The final shape should be about 1-inch (2.5 cm) larger than your pan.
- Fit the dough into the pan. Pinch up a collar around the edges to hold the filling.
- Brush dough lightly with 2 tbsp olive oil, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
- Use a spoon to coat dough with pizza sauce, spreading equally with the back of the spoon.
- Top with any other of your favorite toppings (optional), then sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese.
- Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 15 to 18 minutes until the bottom crust is lightly browned and cheese is bubbly.
- Remove pizza pan from the oven and let it stand for 5 minutes to allow cheese to set, then cut into serving pieces.
If it doesn’t get enough sweetness with the heart shaped pizza, you can try serving some fresh berries on the table with this easy Chocolate Dipping Sauce Recipe. It’s also made with the Vitamix blender (yup, more use for your sleek blender on the countertop).