Homemade Vegan Pizza – Dough Recipe

By , December 26, 2009 6:13 am

We LOVE making homemade pizza! It’s so fun to pick your own toppings, and it’s especially fun to make pizzas with a group of people and see what everyone puts on theirs!

But for the longest time, we were using store-bought crusts (we are still using store-bought sauce – that’s the next step!). They’re okay, but nothing special. When my coworker told me she had a great vegan pizza crust recipe, I made her send  it to me ASAP! We tried it, and oh boy, it does NOT disappoint!

The ingredients are:

  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (110F-115F)
  • 1/4 oz (1 envelope) active dry yeast
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c margarine or oil

Step 1: Dissolve the sugar in the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast on top and stir (if the mixture stays clear, and the yeast clumps together, the water is not warm enough – throw it out and start over). Let the mixture stand in a warm spot for 5 minutes until a thin layer of creamy foam covers the surface.

Step 2: Mix 3 cups for flour with the salt in a large bowl. Make a hole in the middle of the mixture and pour in the yeast mixture and the margarine or oil. Stir the flour into the well with a wooden spoon until it is mixed in and the dough holds together.

Step 3: Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead in the remaining flour. Continue to knead, adding more flour if necessary, until the dough is smooth and elastic (10-15 minutes). Form a ball with the dough and place it in an oiled bowl. Cover with a clean towel and place the bowl in a warm area to let the dough rise (45 minutes for quick yeast, 60-90 minutes for regular yeast).

Step 4: Pre-heat the oven to 500F and get your toppings ready (we use a pizza stone, so we preheat the stone with the oven because the actual bake time is so short). Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down. Roll the ball out to form a pizza crust.

Step 6: Load up that bad boy with your toppings and slide it onto the stone – make sure to put LOTS of flour underneath the crust so it will slide. Bake for 10-15 minutes (or until the cheese starts to brown on the top for non-vegan pizza – usually more like 20 minutes).

Step 7: NOM it up! (Note: the pizza in the photo below looks messed up because we did not follow our own advice about the flour and it stuck to the sheet when we tried to move it to the stone! Oops! Live and learn!)

What are your favorite toppings to put on pizza?

I like zucchini, tomato, green pepper, lots of onion, spinach, and Morningstar crumbles. Steven likes all of that, plus olives and cheese. (Hmm, how did that olive end up on my slice in the top picture, Steven?)

We like to put garlic powder (not fresh garlic), cumin (yes mother – it can be used on pizza, it’s not just for chili), crushed red pepper, oregano and salt and pepper on for spices.

What I love about this crust is that it tastes like a crust you would eat in a restaurant! And you can make a big chewy crust on the end. Yum oh yum.

The only problem? It’s really hard to only eat one piece!

17 Responses to “Homemade Vegan Pizza – Dough Recipe”

  1. Dave2 says:

    Mozzarella.

    Unless I’m eating a taco pizza, in which case I like mozzarella, veggie crumbles, lettuce, tomato, cheddar, and hot sauce.
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  2. RunningLaur says:

    Last year I asked for a bread maker for Christmas just for this purpose, and it’s been great. I use one cup of whole wheat flour and 2 cups of white though :) almost exactly the same
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  3. Vicki says:

    That looks amazing, Kim! I always have mine cheese-less (obviously!), with black olives, mushrooms, basil leaves, sometimes broccoli and always lots of oregano and crushed red pepper.

    Thanks for your thoughts on the shin splints. I have been out of the blog world for a week now but I did read and heed your advice. :)
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  4. Kim H says:

    Mmm, pizza is my favorite food and that looks DELICIOUS! I love mushrooms and onions for toppings :)
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  5. Oh gosh, that looks awesome!!! :D Homemade crusts beats out storebough in tastes and texture every single time. Love it! This particular recipe sounds lovely…thanks so much for sharing! :D
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  6. Paula says:

    Cool! Thanks for the crust recipe. I have made homemade pizza a few times. We use the bread machine for the dough. My favorite topping are garlic, mushrooms and fresh tomatoes. Yours turned out great!

  7. daintyvegan says:

    I haven’t had pizza in over a year and that looks SO FREAKING GOOD! Perhaps it’s time I attempt to make my own vegan pizza? Hell, I’ve been craving it like crazy for quite awhile now.. I want pineapple on mine! When I ate meat, Hawaiian was always my fave.
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  8. Tricai says:

    My family makes grilled pizza a lot. Thin crispy grilled crust. Yum!

  9. That pizza is incredible! Those are some of my favorite toppings, too. But my all time favorite is artichoke hearts! Mmm.

  10. Caroline says:

    I love pizza! Definitely my favorite food. I don’t make pizza myself much but when I do I really enjoy it, its fun and delicious!
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  11. Etta says:

    That looks delicious! My husband prefers his boring pepperoni.
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  12. Leah says:

    YUM! That looks delish!!
    My favorite topping for pizza is pesto and caramelized onions. So good!
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  13. martymankins says:

    Even to this meat eater, that pizza looks damn good. Great job.
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  14. Mica says:

    Yeah, homemade pizza is so much better! I also love picking my own toppings, especially since you can add so many good vegetables. (And have you noticed that a lot of veggies are really expensive at pizza places?)

    Your dough looks way nicer than mine. My crust always turns out uneven and lopsided. SO sad.
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    • Barbara says:

      Hey, Mica, don’t be ashamed,an uneven pizza says “homemade here!”. It’s the taste that makes it awesome, and the homemade look that makes it special.
      I love my homemade ones in any shape, I even made a rectangular one that was awesome too, and uneven, and we loved it. Can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m having it tonight. So glad I found this site!

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