I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met who, while initially excited to find raw pizza dough for sale at just $1.30 at Trader Joe’s, felt totally disappointed after giving the dough a try. Time and time again, it comes out crispy on the outside, but totally raw on the inside. Talk about a major downer, am I right?
Well, I can relate to this frustration as I myself experienced this very same thing. Determined to figure out how to bake Trader Joe’s pizza dough correctly, I did experiment after experiment until I finally came up with the best damn pizza I have ever made. And now that I’ve cracked the code on this dough, I felt it was my duty to share it with the world, for amazing pizza must be shared to be truly appreciated. ;-D
How to Bake Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough
What You Need:
- pizza pan or cookie sheet
- flour (any kind)
- rolling pin (or try using any cylindrical object, like a glass)
- parchment paper (Seriously, if you don’t use parchment paper, I can’t guarantee your pizza will turn out. It is THAT important, y’all!)
- Take your dough out of the fridge or freezer. (YES! You can freeze the dough!) If frozen, allow to fully thaw.
- Preheat your oven to 425°.
- Place a single layer of parchment paper onto your pan.
- Place the dough ball onto the middle of the pan. DO NOT add flour beforehand.
- Add a couple tablespoons of flour to the middle of your dough ball. (See Figure A)
- Use your hands and rolling pin to roll the dough flat, shaping it to fit your pan. The flour on top of the dough keeps your rolling pin from sticking, while the lack of flour on the bottom helps the dough stay in place. (See Figure B)
- Once the oven is preheated, place the pizza and pan on the middle rack. Set your timer for 8 minutes.
- After 8 minutes has passed, remove your pizza dough from the oven. If there are any big, yummy dough bubbles, pop them with a knife and then lightly pat them down. (See Figure C)
- Time to add the toppings! As this is a vegan blog, I do encourage you to use all vegan toppings. I used Daiya cheese, red sauce, Boca Spicy Chik’n Veggie Patties, and lots of mushrooms from Trader Joe’s. Pile it on! (See Figure D
Place in the oven for an additional 6-9 minutes. The time will depend a lot on how thick your toppings are. Check it a couple times to make sure it reaches your desired “doneness.”
- Eat that delicious circle of goodness!!!!