Today’s recipe is sponsored by Starkey water. All Opinions are my own.
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!
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).
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!
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.
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- 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)
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. (yup, as hot as it goes).
Stir yeast and 1/2 tablespoon sugar into warmed water until dissolved. Let it sit for 7-10 minutes, until foamy.
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.
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.
*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.
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.
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.
To season your crust, lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and Italian herbs.
Using a spoon, spread the sauce evenly over the pizza and top with the mozzarella shreds. Add toppings if desired.
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.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. The pizza cooks fast so keep an eye on it.
* 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.