– 1 cup warm water
– 1 packet fast-acting yeast
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 2 tablespoons olive oil (+ more for seasoning crust)
– 2 tablespoons sugar , divided
– 1 teaspoon salt (+ more for crust)
– 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1/2 cup marinara sauce (more if preferred)
– homemade vegan mozzarella cheese , sliced (or store-bought cheese)
– 1/2 cup fresh basil , chopped
– 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (*optional)
1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. (yup, as hot as it goes).
2. Stir yeast and 1/2 tablespoon sugar into warmed water until dissolved. Let it sit for 7-10 minutes, until foamy.
3. In a large bowl, add the flour, garlic powder, salt and remaining sugar. Whisk to combine.
4. Add the activated yeast to the bowl along with the olive oil. Mix until all ingredients are well combined and form a dough. If dough is too sticky, add a couple tablespoons of flour.
5. Form the dough into a ball and place back in the bowl (*lightly dust bowl with flour before placing the dough ball in). Completely cover the bowl with a damp napkin or hand towel for 30 minutes or until dough doubles in size.
*You’ll need a pizza pan or large cutting board ready to transfer the pizza into and out of the oven, but you won’t be cooking on it. The pizza will be cooked on parchment paper only.
6. Place a large piece of parchment paper over your work area (about the size of your pan).
7. Dust the paper with flour so you can spread your dough easily. * Cut the dough in half using a wet knife. This recipe makes two 10-inch pizzas. I make one pizza at a time. While one is cooking, I’ll prepare the other.
8. Using your hands, spread dough across the parchment paper into a round pizza shape to your desired thickness. I spread the dough pretty thin because it rises while cooking. The edges should be slightly thicker to form a pillowed crust.
9. To season your crust, lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and Italian herbs.
10. Using a spoon, spread the sauce evenly over the pizza and top with the mozzarella.
11. Carefully slide the parchment paper onto your pan to transfer to the oven. Now slide the parchment paper back off your pan and directly onto the middle oven rack.
12. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. The pizza cooks fast so keep an eye on it.
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