Monday, March 8, 2010

Pizza Crust, the GF version

So there have been too many days since I went gluten free that I have found myself craving pizza. There was a brief six or seven month period at the beginning where I tried making a couple of recipes, none of which worked to any level of satisfaction. And then dear Mike discovered this book, Cooking Free, which just so happens to contain the best GF pizza crust recipe I have ever found.

However, the awesome pizza crust recipe isn't the only great thing about this cookbook. If you suffer from any kind of allergy or intolerance to dairy, gluten, eggs, soy, or processed sugar, you can probably make good use of it. There are substitutes listed for many ingredients, as well as symbols listed with each recipe indicating whether any substitutes may need to be made, depending on your allergy.

Anyways, back to pizza!

Delicious Gluten Free Pizza Crust

2 & 2/3 cup rice flour (or a flour mix if you are like me and don't use rice flour)
2 cups tapioca flour
1/2 cup dry milk powder, nondairy milk powder or almond powder
4 teaspoons xantham gum
4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (yeah, I know, gross. Everyone's favorite kind of protein, right?)
4 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons salt

Just mix it all up and store in a container until you want to make pizza.

When it is pizza time, add:

1 tablespoon active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water (110 F)
1/2 teaspoon sugar (or 1/4 tsp honey)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cider vinegar

Mix with an electric mixer on high for 3 minutes. Or, if you are like me, just mix it real darn good. If the dough is too stiff add water 1 tablespoon at a time.

Put mixture on a prepared pan, sprinkling the dough with flour (whatever kind you happen to be using), pressing it into the pan. Make edges thicker.

Bake crust for ten minutes. Remove from oven. Top with sauce, toppings n stuff, and bake for another 20-25 minutes. The top should be nicely browned. Serves about six nice little slices. Yum Yum Yum!


Susan-M- said...

Pizza is such a worthy thing to crave. Glad you are enjoying it again! I had a group of friends over to make homemade pizza for my birthday party last week.

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