The Best Pizza Crust Recipe (New York-Style) + GIVEAWAY

posted by Melissa Huggins July 28, 2018 19 Comments
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The Best Pizza Crust Recipe ~  perfectly crispy on the outside, yet tender and light on the inside. It’s so darn easy to make and so much better than delivery, too!  

The Best Pizza Crust Recipe on a silver pie pan and topped with vegan pepperoni, vegan cheese and green pepper

What’s the secret to The Best Pizza Crust Recipe??? 

Well, there isn’t just one answer to this question because there are many techniques for getting that perfect crust. However, I really feel that the water used for the dough plays a big role.

New York is known for having the best pizza crust around, and many people believe it’s because of their water. There are lots of debates over this, but I believe it to be true, too. There’s even a restaurant in California that has water shipped in to create that New York-style crust.

A typical New York crust is firm and crispy on the outside, but it’s tender and slightly chewy on the inside. The taste and texture are unbeatable. I miss many things about New York and pizza is definitely at the top of that list (bagels too).


A bottle of Starkey Water on a wooden table. Pizza in the front fully cooked with vegan pepperoni, vegan cheese and green peppers. The best pizza crust recipe.


Homemade pizza

I’ve been making my own pizza dough for about six years now. It took some time to perfect my recipe, but it was worth it. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to N.Y water and our tap water is terrible, so I use mineral water. I do have a reverse osmosis filter, but I don’t like the way the crust comes out.

I recently tried Starkey Spring Water for my dough and the pizza crust came out phenomenal! It was the closest New York-style pizza that I’ve ever made (and I’ve made some good ones). The crust was light, crispy, tender, perfectly browned and just heavenly!

The pictures say it all! Just look at that crust!! Oh, and yes, that’s a tasty Vegan Pepperoni on top!

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Starkey Water

Besides making a great tasting pizza crust, Starkey water also tastes great on its own. It has a clean, crisp and luxurious mouthfeel. It’s hydrating and thirst quenching without any aftertaste. It pairs nicely with food and wine, so it’s perfect for dinner parties. It looks nice on the table, too.

Starkey water is nature-made by Starkey Springs in the Idaho Mountains. The water has been purity-protected for 11,000 years and it runs 2 miles deep thought the Imnaha Basalt (a volcanic formation more than 2.5 million years old). This creates a gentle alkaline ph of 9.6 and a fresh-tasting, pure water.

Starkey Water can be found at your local Whole Foods or on Amazon Fresh.


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I’d love to hear from you

If you make this Best Pizza Crust Recipe, let me know what you think by ★ star rating it and leaving a comment below. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me. Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs so I don’t miss it.



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The Best Pizza Crust Recipe
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
55 mins
The Best Pizza Crust Recipe ~  perfectly crispy on the outside, yet tender and light on the inside. It's so darn easy to make and so much better than delivery, too!  
Course: Entree
Recipe Type: American, Vegan
Keyword: Vegan Pizza Crust
Servings: 8
Calories: 194 kcal
Author: Melissa Huggins
Pizza Dough
  • 1 cup Starkey Water , warmed
  • 1 packet fast-acting yeast
  • 2 cups flour , all-purpose
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil + more for seasoning crust
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar , divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt + more for crust
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning , to taste (for seasoning crust)
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce (more if preferred)
  • 3/4 cup vegan mozzarella cheese shreds , more if preferred
  • Vegan Pepperoni (*optional)
Pizza Dough
  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. (yup, as hot as it goes).
  2. Stir yeast and 1/2 tablespoon sugar into warmed water until dissolved. Let it sit for 7-10 minutes, until foamy.

  3. In a large bowl, add the flour, garlic powder, salt and remaining sugar. Whisk to combine well. Add the activated yeast to the bowl along with the olive oil. Mix until all ingredients are well combined and a dough forms. If dough is too sticky, add a couple tablespoons of flour.

  4. Form the dough into a ball and place back in the bowl (*lightly dust bowl with flour before placing the dough ball in). Completely cover the bowl with a damp napkin or hand towel for 30 minutes or until dough doubles in size.
  5. *You'll need a pizza pan or large cutting board ready to transfer the pizza into and out of the oven, but you won't be cooking on it. The pizza will be cooked on parchment paper only.
  6. Place a large piece of parchment paper over your work area (about the size of your pan). Dust the paper with flour so you can spread your dough easily. * Cut the dough in half using a wet knife. This recipe makes two 10-inch pizzas. I make one pizza at a time. While one is cooking, I'll prepare the other.
  7. Using your hands, spread dough across the parchment paper into a round pizza shape to your desired thickness. I spread the dough pretty thin because it rises while cooking. The edges should be slightly thicker to form a pillowed crust.
  8. To season your crust, lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and Italian herbs.
  9. Using a spoon, spread the sauce evenly over the pizza and top with the mozzarella shreds. Add toppings if desired. 

  10. Carefully slide the parchment paper onto your pan to transfer to the oven. Now slide the parchment paper back off your pan and directly onto the middle oven rack.
  11. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. The pizza cooks fast so keep an eye on it.
Recipe Notes

* Makes 2 10-inch pizzas.

* If the yeast doesn't foam up after 7- 10 minutes, start with a new packet. Make sure the water is warm, but not too hot or it won't work.

* For accurate measuring, don’t scoop the flour with a measuring cup directly from the flour container. Instead, scoop the flour out of your container with a spoon and then into a measuring cup. Don’t pack or tap the cup. After filling, lightly sweep a butter knife across the top to remove the excess flour. 

* Vegan Pepperoni: after topping on pizza, spritz each slice with a little oil before cooking. This will keep it from drying out. 


Nutrition Facts
The Best Pizza Crust Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 (1 slice))
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 395mg 16%
Potassium 84mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1.3%
Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 1.4%
Iron 9.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Hannah Culberson July 31, 2018 at 1:11 pm

This looks delicious! I stay hydrated by eating lots of fruit and drinking plenty of water.

Melissa Huggins July 31, 2018 at 1:40 pm

That’s the best way to do it! 🙂

Carolyn July 31, 2018 at 2:21 pm

I can’t wait to try this with my kiddos, yum! I hydrate with water, trace minerals, fruits, and veggies!

Danielle July 31, 2018 at 4:51 pm

I stay hydrated by keeping a water bottle full by me all day long

Diana July 31, 2018 at 7:46 pm

Such a great idea! I never thought to use bottled water for the crust!!

Karen R August 1, 2018 at 7:42 am

By adding some sliced cucumbers and mint to a big jug of water

Tamara Regan August 1, 2018 at 8:27 am

I drink filtered water all day long to stay hydrated. Occasionally I like to drink iced tea but mostly it’s just water. 🙂

Christopher R. August 1, 2018 at 4:19 pm

I drink a lot of water throughout the day (although some of it comes in the form of coffee in the morning). I also eat a lot of fruits and veggies that have high water concentration.

Tim August 2, 2018 at 11:33 am

I don’t add anything to my water, I just make sure to have it ice cold in the summer months. Ice cold water is as refreshing as anything on a hot summer day.

Keri Justice August 2, 2018 at 3:17 pm

I won’t lie, I have to change up what I drink so I dont get burnt out on the same drink. But i try to get my daily liquid/water in to stay hydrated.

Shawn Stover August 2, 2018 at 3:22 pm

water, fruits, and vegetables

angela smith August 2, 2018 at 11:05 pm

I always stay hydrated by drinking at least 6 glasses of water a day . I have a little chart I keep to remind me everyday

Anna Pry August 4, 2018 at 6:37 pm

Mostly plain water but sometimes tea or lemon water

Erin M August 5, 2018 at 6:39 am

I drink water throughout the day.

Jenny Ham August 5, 2018 at 11:01 am

Often I just drink water with lemon in it.

Samantha August 5, 2018 at 1:15 pm

I actually drink water. I have to have a bottle of water with me or I will turn to soda and that is not good trying to lose weight!

Sarah Smith August 6, 2018 at 12:35 pm

Such a great idea

Natalie August 6, 2018 at 2:31 pm

I stay hydrated by sipping on a water bottle all day and eating plenty of fruits!

Elle August 7, 2018 at 12:55 pm

I love ice water in the summer & homemade lemonade.


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