Last Updated on January 30, 2023
This quick and easy pizza dough is soft and chewy but never limp in the middle. Making pizza at home is an economical and healthier alternative to your favorite takeout. Trust me when I say, this easy homemade pizza dough is going to be your new favorite comfort recipe.
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quick and easy pizza dough
Pizza is the way to my heart, and this easy vegan pizza dough is the vessel. Seriously. Words cannot even express how much I LOVE pizza. Pizza is also the way to Justin’s heart – match made in heaven?
And, while we both have a childhood love for Pizza Hut stuffed crust, it’s not very good for you…. I think we can agree it’s probably full of a whole bunch of junk. And, who wants to pay $20 for a pizza that costs $3.00 to make at home?
Once you finally make that perfect pizza dough, you’ll never want to go back to takeout. We make pizza with this quick and easy pizza dough once…. OK, twice a week at our house. If you’re crunched for time and have to order takeout, learn the right way to recycle your pizza box to stay zero waste.
You can also find my favorite zero waste junk food for a full weekend of indulgence.
why you’ll love this easy homemade pizza dough
- This is the perfect, easy vegan pizza dough. This dough isn’t limp in the center and it has some crunch, but it’s still light and doughy
- Tried and true recipe – Justin and I experimented with this recipe for *long* time
- Only 15 minutes of active time
easy vegan pizza dough ingredients
- 1 Cup + 2 Tablespoons of Warm Water
- 1 Tablespoon of Yeast
- 1 Tablespoon of Salt
- 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil + More for Brushing Pizza Stone
- 3 Cups of Flour
- 1 Tablespoon of Cornmeal for Dusting (Optional)
how to make homemade pizza dough
We have come to the conclusion that you really, really need a pizza stone. There’s just no way around it.
And, we happened to both surprise each other with artisan pizza stones for Christmas. So, now we’re in constant contest to see whose pizza stone works better. But, that’s a different story – here’s our perfect recipe.
step 1: activate yeast and make dough
Combine the yeast and the warm water in a mixing bowl. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes — it should bubble. Add in the flour and salt, then knead for 5-10 minutes or three minutes in a stand mixer.
In my opinion, the best flour for pizza is either whole wheat white or a simple all purpose flour.
step 2: proof and form dough
Place in a bowl and drizzle the olive oil all over the dough. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let it proof for one hour. Follow the directions of your pizza stone to prepare it (both of ours have different directions.)
After the stone is preheated, brush the stone with olive oil and sprinkle with cornmeal.
After the dough has risen, punch it down and roll it into a ball. I like to stretch my dough. I will grab the edge and slowly make my way around the dough. This will aerate it and gravity will help form it.
This also saves you from rolling it out with a pin and throwing flour over your counter. The less cleaning, the better!
step 3: bake pizza
Place the easy homemade pizza dough on the warm stone and add your favorite toppings. Bake for 25-30 minutes, then let it cool and enjoy!
In regards to what to make with pizza dough, I love to use my marinara and a whole bunch of veggies! You can find mozzarella in bulk at Whole Food’s salad bar.
what do you make with pizza dough?
If you find yourself wondering what to make with pizza dough, just think of what you get when you order takeout or get pizza at a restaurant.
I suggest making your favorite side salad and/or garlic bread. And don’t forget your favorite dessert!
what’s the best flour for pizza?
I think whole wheat white flour is the best flour for pizza. I’ll also use regular all purpose flour with my pizza dough.
Whole wheat flour (both white and brown) contains fewer calories and has more beneficial nutrients like protein, fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, and phosphorus than refined flour. And, it maintains a texture that isn’t dense or crumbly like many ‘health’ flours can get.
What’s your favorite type of pizza? Would you do Valentine’s Pizza?
- 1 cup + 2 tbs warm water
- 1 tbs salt
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tbs cornmeal for dusting (optional)
- toppings of choice
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- Combine the yeast and warm water in a mixing bowl. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes, until it starts to bubble.
- Add in the flour and salt and knead for 5-10 minutes, or 3 minutes in a stand mixer.
- Place the dough in a bowl and drizzle olive oil over the dough. Cover with a tea towel and let it proof for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, follow the directions on your pizza stone to prepare it. Once it is preheated it, brush the stone with olive oil and sprinkle with cornmeal.
- After the dough has risen, punch it down and roll into a ball. I like to stretch my dough by grabbing the edge and slowly making my way around the dough. This will aerate it and gravity will help form it. Plus, it saves you from rolling it out!
- Place pizza dough on the warm pizza stone and top with your desired toppings. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Allow it cool and enjoy!