This simple free vegan pizza dough recipe is great because its just enough for 2 small pizzas and it looks and tastes just like that pizza you get fresh out of a stone oven in Italy, but you don’t have to leave your kitchen to get it!
This delicious vegan pizza dough is one of the best vegan recipes for those who love vegan pizza!
**Note: you can make your crusts all the way up to the topping stage and store them in the fridge until you’re ready to use them. They will stay good for about a week!
Preheat your oven to 240 C or 450 F (yes, I know, its really hot!).
In a large mixing bowl, toss in your flour, yeast, and salt. Stir together and add olive oil and warm water. Don't add every last drop of the water...add about 3/4 of it and then mix the dough. It will be very sticky and messy. Add a little extra flour and then the rest of the water and continue to mix it all up (either with a big wooden spoon or your hands) until its thoroughly mixed. Then, either using a mixer with a dough hook or your hands, knead the dough (if you're using your hands, make sure your surface stays floured) for about 5 minutes. Place the dough ball into the oiled mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Keep in a warm, dry area and let rise for 1 hour.
After the dough has doubled in size, remove it from the bowl and place it onto a floured surface. Cut the dough in half so that you have 2 balls of dough in equal sizes. On 2 baking sheets (greased), spread each ball of dough out into either a rectangular or circular shape. Don't worry if they aren't perfect geometical figures...this style of pizza dough is rustic, so its not going to look like it came from Pizza Hut. But thats cool, and it adds character.
Once you have done this, bake the crusts for about 10 minutes with no toppings. If you want to put a little tomato sauce on the dough before you bake it, thats ok. This will just allow the crust to cook before you add toppings. After the crust is cooked thoroughly but not burned, add your toppings and bake for another 10 minutes.
Some toppings I like to use are: Cheezly Mozzarella, soy mince, mushrooms, fresh spinach and bell peppers, onions...but feel free to experiment! Use whatever you like!