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The Best Pizza Crust Recipe

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
Cuisine American, Vegan
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 194kcal
Author Melissa Huggins

Ingredients

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)

Topping

  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce (more if preferred)
  • 3/4 cup vegan mozzarella cheese shreds , more if preferred
  • Vegan Pepperoni (*optional)

Instructions

Pizza Dough

  • 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.

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

Serving: 1(1 slice) | Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1.7mg