When thinking of the perfect vegan deep dish pizza dough, I had to first go back to any preconceived notions and forget them. This is my favorite vegan pizza crust alternative because its remarkably delicious and straddles the fine line of too dense and too light.
I had to warm up to the deep dish pizza, as a whole, during my life. I guess my idea of it was tainted with some less than spectacular renditions, which ultimately turned me away. It wasn’t until I got serious about cooking that I started to embrace the idea.
Ultimately, we have to realize the simple truth about deep dish pizza. Even though it is called pizza, its more of a pie! The whole framework is different. The best thing about a pie is the crust, and that’s why I made this perfect vegan deep dish pizza dough recipe!
Vegan Deep Dish Pizza Dough Recipe Ingredients
Of course, all purpose flour is one of the best flours for pizza. This is why most pizza places use this flour in their recipes. If you really want to ramp up your deep dish pizza game, then you should really try using 00 pizza flour. Its milled exceptionally fine and has a lower gluten content than other flours. This creates a lighter crust with that crunch we all seek in our vegan pizza crust alternatives.
Water acts as a medium for the yeast to help the dough rise. Water may be just water, but the temperature is everything. Make sure your water is between 110F and 115F. At this temperature, yeast is in the perfect environment to ferment and create a great dough.
Active dry yeast is the most widespread yeast used in pizza for a reason. It has a remarkably long shelf life of 1 to 2 years. It also helps with proofing and the rise during the baking process.
Purely used as a flavoring agent in this recipe.
Sugar helps this vegan deep dish pizza crust in a couple of ways. This helps speed up fermentation which helps the dough rise quicker! Sugar also helps with browning during the cooking process. This makes the dough develop a nice crunch where it counts!
Olive oil acts as a repellent from excess liquid that tries to seep in and make your dough soggy. Olive oil also provides good flavor to this vegan deep dish pizza dough recipe.
How to Make This Vegan Deep Dish Pizza Dough Recipe
Making this vegan deep dish pizza crust is quite simple, but packs huge flavor! It all boils down to technique and just a tiny bit of patience. You first start off by activating your yeast! You do so by combining the water, yeast, sugar, and oil together in a bowl and letting it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Once the yeast is activated, the mixture should look bubbly, its time to make your dough. Simply mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl with a whisk. This is your flour and salt, along with any other herbs or spices you would like to add to your dough. Then add your yeast mixture into the dry mix and mix until a dough is formed. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
After the dough has rested, it is important to work the dough a bit before cooking. You can do so using a mixer with a dough hook attachment, or by using your hands on a floured work surface. Simply work the dough by stretching one side out forward and folding it over itself. Giving the dough a quarter turn and repeating the process. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes.
If you aren’t to comfortable with kneading dough, dont worry! Nothing to be ashamed of. Check out this gallery here to get a general idea of what im talking about. Its sometimes difficult to grasp the full picture from just reading it off a page.
After kneading the dough, shape the dough to make your vegan deep dish pizza crust. Cup the sides of the dough with your hands giving a quarter turn as your cup the sides forming a ball. At this point, you can either proof the dough for 1 hour, or you can go ahead and roll it out and bake it off!
Vegan Deep Dish Pizza Dough Recipe FAQs
What other flours can I use?
00 pizza flour, Whole Wheat, AP Flour, and Chickpea flour are the flours I know will work with this recipe. Semolina flour will also work, but I recommend using a mixture of semolina with another flour.
Is this Vegan Deep Dish Pizza Dough Recipe Healthy?
This recipe can provide nutritional benefits if you want it to. To maximize the nutrients from this dough I would recommend using whole wheat unbleached flour. This will ensure you get the best you can get!
What kind of pan do I need to cook this recipe?
In my opinion, cast iron pans are the best to cook deep dish pizza recipes. If you don’t have a cast iron pan, then your next best bets are stainless steel or aluminum. Pick pans that have higher sides because they offer support for your rising crust.
How do I get the pizza out of the pan?
When the pizza comes out of the oven, you want to let it rest in the pan for at least 5 minutes before trying to remove it. This helps the bottom of the pan toast off a bit more so it will naturally “let go”. If the pizza won’t detach from the pan, then chances are you need to cook it a bit longer. When the pizza is done, it will let go of the pan.
Once you think the pizza is cooked, try to remove the pizza using a spatula. Run the spatula around the inside of the pan separating the crust from the sides. Once it is detached all the way around, the slide the spatula underneath the pizza and slowly lift out as you are tipping the pan. If the pizza slides out its done.
Is deep dish pizza dough different from a normal pizza dough?
It most cases, yes, it is different. Deep dish pizza crusts, especially this Vegan Deep Dish Pizza Dough Recipe, usually contain more fat than the conventional pizza crust. They also contain certain percentages of cornmeal or semolina flour as well.
Can you reheat this Vegan Deep Dish Pizza Dough Recipe?
Yes, you can! The best way to reheat this kind of pizza is in the oven!
Vegan Deep Dish Pizza Dough Recipe Tricks and Tips
Measure your ingredients
Be sure to take your time and accurately measure out your ingredients. These kinds of recipes can be completely thrown off by even a couple tablespoons of flour or olive oil. Long story short, your vegan deep dish recipe will be much better if you follow the recipe closely!
Patience is Key
Following the recipe and giving your dough time is the best thing you can do. Let your dough rest after working it and give it time to rise! This will ensure the cooking process goes according to plan.
Grease Your Baking Pan
Applying just enough oil or vegan butter to coat your baking pan will save you a world of headache when it comes time to remove your vegan deep dish pizza crust.
Laminate Your Crust
After your dough has proofed and doubled in size. Flatten it into a rectangular shape, and then roll it back up. Roll the short side long ways. This will result in a incredibly flakey Vegan deep dish pizza crust!
After you have made your dough and shaped it, press it into the pan you intend to bake in. Let the dough rest one last time like this for about 15 minutes. After this short rest, bake the crust off for 10 minutes until they are set. They shouldn’t really brown at all. You will get an amazingly satisfying crust by doing this.
Let Your Dough Rise in the Fridge
Slow down the fermentation of your dough by letting it happen slowly in the fridge. This will take 24 hours and up to 48 hours, but the result is a more tender and decadent deep dish pizza crust.
Simply place this vegan pizza crust alternatives into an airtight container with a touch of oil on it and throw it into the fridge! You can leave it in there for 24 to 48 hours!
2 Mixing bowls
1 Cast Iron Skillet
1 wooden spoon
Vegan Deep Dish Pizza Dough Recipe
Yield: 2 Deep Dish Pizzas
Prep Time: 1 Hr 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
4 ½ Cups AP Flour
4 ½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
4 tsp Sugar
4 tsp Active Dry Yeast
2 Cup Water (105-110F)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- In a mixing bowl combine sugar, active yeast, water, and olive oil and mix well. Let this mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes until the mixture is bubbly.
- In a separate mixing bowl with whisk or in a stand mixer combine flour, salt, onion powder and garlic powder and whisk thoroughly.
- Once the yeast is activated, the mixture should look bubbly, it’s time to make your dough. Add the yeast Mixture into the dry mixture and incorporate until a dough is formed. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
- Next using a mixer with a dough hook or by using your hands on a floured work surface work the dough for about 5-10 minutes. Do so by stretching one end of the dough and folding it over itself then give it a quarter turn and repeat.
- Finally, Cup the sides of the dough with your hands giving a quarter turn as your cup the sides forming a ball. At this point you can store in the fridge for 2-3 days or you can press it into your baking pan and cook your vegan deep dish pizza crust!!