Mar 282010

Pizza is my favorite food of all time….OF ALL TIME! (thanks Kanye)

All pizza lovers know that the most important part of a pizza…..the one thing that if done right takes pizza from enjoyable to truly epic, is the crust.  Sure one person might argue that one particular combination of toppings is better than another or that a different vegan cheese could be a deal breaker, but the foundation, the glue that holds it all together is the crust.  Thats why I searched for the best vegan pizza crust I could find before I posted anything related to a vegan pizza.  So I’ve ruined the build up and you know the crust is gonna be good so here goes.  Behold…the vegan pizza.

The bar/restaurant that inspired this happy is known for its greasy deep dish pizza crusts and over abundance of cheese, and yes I knew going in that I was gonna get screwed with chips, salsa and guacamole but I did it for the inspiration.  Luckily the great selection of beers kept me distracted enough to not eat the “make your own” pizza menu but I literally had to make this pizza in the next day or so in order to make the pizza cravings subside.  Lucky for anyone reading this that I’ve gone the leg work for you.

Vegan Pizza

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon pizza seasoning (optional) (equal parts dried oregano, basil, and parsley)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (plus probably another cup and a half for kneading purposes)
  • Vegan mozzarella cheese
  • Vegan pizza/pasta sauce
  • Your choice of toppings chopped up

In a large mixing bowl (remember dough doubles in size when it rises), dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.  Then add the salt, spices, and the oil and wisk so that everything is mixed together well.  Mix in the 2 1/2 cups flour until you’ve got some good dough going.

Move the dough out onto a clean, well floured surface and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth/small kitchen towel. Let the dough rise until its about double in size (this should take about 1 hour).  Punch down the dough to get all of the air out, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out or tossing like a real pizza man would do (if you try to toss it, don’t drop it stupid).  Move the dough to a pan.  (I made my pizza rectangle shaped because it fit the pan so the shape is up to you).

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes more before topping and baking it.  Evenly spread sauce over the crust and then add your toppings.  Bake until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.  Then om nom nom nom.


5 Responses to “VEGAN PIZZA”

  1. kindavegan says:

    This crust is great. crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. it was good microwaved the next day which was a pleasant surprise (wasn’t hard).

  2. Gauri Radha गौरी राधा says:

    That pizza looks amazing!!!

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