Gluten Free Pizza

I think for a lot of people, pizza is the first thing they mourn when they begin a gluten free diet.  No more pizza?  Then the panic sets in, they start to hyper-ventilate…well relax.  You can have amazing gluten- free pizza!

There are a few ways to go about this and frankly I don’t really have a favourite, so I mix it up depending on my mood:


Gluten Free Rice Crust Pizza

I LOVE this pizza!  It’s easy to make.  It’s whole grain.  It’s novel.  And the family devours it.  In my step son’s words, it’s good because it’s not trying to be regular pizza.

Ingredients:

3 c cooked rice, white or brown.  Cooled to room temp or slightly above.

1 ½ tsp salt

4 eggs beaten

5 c shredded cheese, mozzarella or a blend of mozzarella and whatever else you like*

1 tsp each of dried basil and oregano (optional)

1 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)

4 tsp cornmeal (optional)

2 c pizza sauce

Whatever you like for toppings.  This make two pizzas.  I usually

do one meat and one veggie.

Preheat oven to 400°  F

Mix the rice, salt, eggs, 1c of the cheese, herbs and flax seed if using.


Grease to pizza pans with coconut oil and sprinkle w cornmeal if using



Spoon ½ the rice mixture on each pizza pan.  Spread evenly and press firmly to form a crust.


Bake for 10 min



Remove from the oven.  Spread w pizza sauce.  Add toppings and cheese.

Bake for another 15 min.  Remove.  Slice.  Dive in!!

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Traditional Gluten Free Pizza Dough

This is a really good traditional bread-like pizza crust.  I think you'll enjoy it!

Ingredients:

1 lb of gluten free bread flour

4 tsp  guar gum (you can use xantham gum if you like or even leave out the gums*)

2 ½ tsp quick rise yeast

1 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)

1 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 1/4 c warm water

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 cups pizza sauce

4 c shredded cheese – mozzarella or a blend.

Method:

Preheat oven to 375°  F

Mix the flour, gum, yeast, salt and flax seed if using in a bowl or your stand mixer.  Add the eggs, water and oil.   Mix well for about 5 min.

While the dough is mixing, grease 2 pizza pans with coconut oil

When the dough is done mixing cover and let it rise in a warm place until double in size.  30 - 45 min.


Grease your fingers with a bit of coconut oil. 

Divide the dough in half and with greased fingers, press evenly out onto the 2 pizza pans and slightly up the edge. (Some recipes tell you to rolls the dough between sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper.  That’s nonsense and doesn’t work)

I like to pre-bake the crust for about 10 min so it’s nice a crispy, but it’s up to you.


Spread the sauce, toppings and cheese on each crust.

Bake for a further 10 - 15 min if you pre- baked the crust.  I like to set the timer for 5 min, then switch the pizza from the bottom rack to the top and vice versa. 

If you didn’t pre bake the crust it will take about  15 - 20 min to bake.  It should be golden brown on the edges and cooked through on the bottom.

*Some people don't like the taste of the gums or find they upset their stomach.  If you leave out the gum, add about 3 tbsp of ground flax seed.  When you go to scoop it into the pan after rising it may seem more like batter than dough.  That's okay, just spread it with a spatula and pre-bake for 10 min before adding the toppings.  Don't worry, it will be great and so worth it.

Here is a picture of the gum-free crust just out of the oven before the topping go on and another one of the finished pizza.

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Gluten Free Pizza Dough Mix

There are several mixes out there, so experiment and see what you like.  I like the Duinkerken one and I use it a lot.  Actually more than home made because it’s just as good and quite convenient.  I like that they are a Canadian company out of Charlottetown P.E.I. and they don’t have a lot of unnecessary ingredients in their products.  You’ll find them at the Bulk Barn.  I often add a tbsp. of ground flax seed to the mix.  Otherwise follow the instruction on the box.  I also like to pre-bake the crust for about 10 min as above.  They do use gums in the mix so if you are trying to avoid those, go with the rice crust or home made version.

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Gluten Free Restaurant Pizza

More and more restaurants are offering gluten free selections and pizza is becoming easier to find.  Like always when ordering gluten free restaurant meals, ask questions.   Ensure that the pizza is baked on a separate stone from the regular pizza and that they use gluten free flour for dusting.  Ensure that your server is aware if your gluten free diet is due to celiac disease or an intolerance so that the kitchen staff will be careful.

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