Vegan Pizza Dough
1 cup warm water
2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon granulated coconut sugar
3 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons coconut oil
Step 1: In a measuring cup, place warm water. The water should be warm to the touch making sure it's not too hot because hot water will kill the yeast; and water that is too cold will not activate it. Pour the yeast into the water, add sugar, and stir until both ingredients dissolve and a beige mixture results. Let stand for 5 minutes, until a thin layer of creamy foam covers surface, which indicates that the yeast is effective. Tip: If bubbles/foam have not formed within 5 minutes, start over with a new package of yeast
Step 2: Combine 3 cups flour with sea salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in your yeast mixture and coconut oil. Using a spoon, stir flour into well, blending well to get rid of any lumps. Next, place dough onto a lightly floured surface. Dust your hands with flour and knead gently. Turn and repeat until the dough is silky and elastic (less than 5 minutes) Add a little Coconut oil to your hands if the dough is too dry. Tip: if you knead too much it overdevelops the gluten in the flour and results in a tough crust.
Step 3: Form dough into a ball and lightly coat with coconut oil. (Less than a teaspoon) Place dough back in mixing bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and drape a kitchen cloth over top.
Let the dough rise in a place warm place (68 to 72 degrees) until it has doubled in size (about 1 to 2 hours). When the dough is ready, punch it down using your fist, to eliminate the air bubbles.
This recipe will make:
One (1) 15 to 16 inch pizza
Divide dough in half;
two (2) 12 inch pizzas
two (2) 9 inch deep-dish pizzas
Divide dough into 4 to 6 equal portions.
Four (4) to six (6) 9 inch individuals
Dough can be kept refrigerated for up to 36 hours or sealed and froze for up to a month.
Tip: Let chilled dough come to room temperature before shaping.
Baking: Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees for 30 minutes prior to baking. Pizzas should take between 10-15 minutes to bake depending on thickness of the pizzas. Tip: lightly oil or spray dough with Spectrum Coconut oil cooking spray before baking to prevent burning the dough.
Ingredients tip: The Unbleached organic flour can be replaced with any other type of flour that you want to use (quinoa flour, brown rice flour, chickpea flour) to accommodate your dietary needs. This recipe is a versatile vegan base recipe. You can add spices to the dough and make a Rosemary and Garlic crust. Use this base recipe to be creative and please your own taste buds while being as healthy as possible!
You can make any type of vegan-pizza, flat breads and even bread bowls with this basic dough. If you entertain, have a big family to feed or meal plan, you can double the recipe and have the dough on hand!