I’ve been making pizza crust from scratch for years however, most of the time, I just throw everything together without a physical recipe and hope for the best. (Good thing I kinda know what I’m doing…) Lately though, a few people have asked if I had a recipe for pizza crust that I could give them. Obviously, I did not, so I decided to take the time and work up an actual recipe for the crust that I’ve been whipping up on a whim all these years.
Now, I should note that if you’re into super thin, cracker-like crusts, or super chewy crusts, then this is NOT the pizza crust for you. This crust is thicker, soft on the inside, and crisp on the bottom. The crispness on the bottom means that you can load up toppings to your hearts desire! But how does it taste? It’s herbaceous, a little garlicky, and just ever so slightly nutty (thanks to the addition of some flaxseed meal). Don’t be thinking that the flavor of the crust competes with the flavor of your sauce and toppings though because it definitely does not. Rather, the hint of flavor that lives in the crust compliments whatever you decided to put on top.
It all gets started with the activating of the yeast. In a large bowl, warm water gets combined with a packet of active dry yeast, some oil, and a little sugar. This mixture then is allowed to rest for 5 minutes. In this time you should see the yeast start to bloom, aka expand. After 5 minutes has passed, flour, flaxseed meal, and our seasonings get added and then the whole thing gets a good stir.
We now have our dough formed! The next step is to place the bowl in your microwave, or some other warm place in your kitchen, and allow the dough to rest for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, plop the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle a little flour onto the top of the dough to prevent it from sticking to your hands and then begin kneading. Knead for 3 minutes.
Once you’ve kneaded your dough, put a little oil into the large bowl you made the dough in, and return the dough to that bowl.
Put the bowl back in the warm place where it was before and let the dough rest this final time for about 30-40 minutes. (You’re looking for the ball of dough to double in size.)
Now it’s time to make a pizza! On a large pan that has some oil on it, press the dough out flat using your knuckles or fingers to create a circle that’s about 14 inches across. (I used a sheet pan but you could use a round pizza pan if you wish!) Once you’ve got it to the right size, go ahead and add your sauce and your toppings.
Bake your pizza in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20-23 minutes, or until the edges have become richly golden brown in color, and then enjoy!
Vegan Pizza Crust
Credit: Compassion is the Secret Ingredient, http://www.citsiblog.com
- 1 packet of active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons oil + more for the bowl + more for the pan
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 3/4 cup flour + more for board
- 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- Pizza sauce and toppings of your choice
- Pour the packet of active dry yeast into a large bowl. Add in the warm water, 2 tablespoons of oil, and sugar, and then allow this mixture to rest for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, add in the flour, flaxseed meal, salt, garlic, basil, oregano, and parsley. Stir to combine then allow the dough you just created to rest in a warm place (such as your microwave) for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, plop dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle a little flour onto the top of the dough to prevent it from sticking to your hands and then begin kneading. Knead for 3 minutes. Spray or pour a little oil into the bowl you made the dough in and then return the kneaded dough to the bowl. Return the bowl back to the warm place you had it before and allow it to rest there for 30-40 minutes more, or until dough ball has doubled in size.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and prepare a large pan by lightly oiling it. Place your dough ball into the center of your large pan and then, using your knuckles or fingers, press the dough out flat to create a circle that’s about 14 inches across. Add the sauce and toppings of your choice. Bake the pizza for 20-23 minutes, or until edges are rich golden brown in color, then serve! Leftover pizza will keep in an airtight container in fridge for up to 3 days but is best when enjoyed immediately.