Vegan Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

Vegan Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza Muffins Recipe

By Hot For Food

🔪Prep Time: 20 minutes

👩‍🍳Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

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3 C all-purpose flour

1 tbsp granulated sugar

2 tsp quick-rise yeast

1 tsp sea salt

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 1/2 C warm water (between 120°F to 130°F)

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1/4 C vegan butter, melted

1 tsp granulated garlic powder

1 tbsp vegan parmesan cheese + extra for garnishing (we used Earth Island Parmesan)

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 C pizza sauce

1 1/2 C vegan cheddar shreds

1 pkg vegan pepperoni slices (about 40 slices – we used Yves vegan pepperoni)

Instructions

1Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2To make the dough, in the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, combine flour, sugar, yeast, sea salt, vegetable oil and warm water. Start the speed on low to combine flour with the liquid. Gradually increase the speed until the dough comes together and cleans the sides of the bowl. When it’s done, the dough will be soft and slightly sticky. If it’s very sticky incorporate 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour into the dough. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and let it rest for 10 minutes.

3In a small bowl, add melted butter, garlic powder and 1 tablespoon of the vegan parmesan cheese.

4Prepare your muffin tray by brushing vegetable oil into each cup including the sides.

5Lightly flour a work surface and roll out the dough into a 10 x 14-inch rectangle. Use a 3-inch cookie cutter to punch out 12 rounds. Use a silicone brush to coat the top of each round with about half the vegan garlic butter parmesan mixture. Reserve the rest for brushing onto the baked pizza muffins.

6Gently press each round into the muffin tray cups. Use a fork to prick 4 or 5 rows into just the bottom center of the dough, leaving about ⅛-inch bare from the edges. Use the leftover dough to make a mini 8-inch personal sized pan pizza.

7Layer the rounds with a small spoonful of pizza sauce, a small pinch of vegan cheese shreds and a pepperoni slice. Layer again 2 more times, so you have 3 layers total. Finish with a little more vegan cheese shreds. Cover the tray with a damp tea towel and let them proof for about 30 to 45 minutes until the edges are very puffy.

8Bake for 15 to 17 minutes until golden brown. While the pizza muffins are still warm in the pan, brush the remaining melted garlic butter mixture onto the edges of the crust. Finish by sprinkling extra vegan parmesan onto the crust. Remove them from the pan to cool on a wire rack. If after baking, the pizza bun edges are touching, use a knife to separate them before removing from the muffin tray.

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