Dessert Pizza

Naturally Gluten-Free Pear Crumble Pizza

whole pear crumble dessert pizza in the pan.

Pizza for dessert?!  You bet.  Can't you taste it now?  Creamy coconut rice base topped with tender sweet pears and a sweet crispy crumble topping.  And it's naturally gluten-free.

Skip right to the recipe if you like, but there is some good info below that will help to make your dessert pizza sweet, succulent and irresistible. 

This Dessert Pizza Is Naturally Gluten-Free and Dairy Free

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Can you believe there could be such thing as a naturally gluten-free and dairy free pizza that tastes to sweet and amazing.  The base of this delicious dessert pizza is made with rice and coconut milk.  the filling is fresh fruit with sugar and cinnamon and the crumble topping is brown sugar and gluten-free flour.  No highly processed gums or starches and no dairy.  Yes, it does have sugar so we can't go so far as to say it's totally healthy, but enjoy in moderation.

The Ingredients

Arborio Rice

This is the rice that you make risotto from.  It comes out creamy and delicious.  The ratio of rice to liquid in this recipe is about 5:1.  You'll end up with a rich velvety mixture kind of the consistency of porridge.  In fact, this is how you would make rice porridge. 

Currants

These are optional but add some lovely texture and flavor to the base.  If you like, experiment by substituting raisins or dried cranberries. 

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pinterest image.  Pear Crumble Pizza with pecans and currents.  Chocolate being drizzles over top

Eggs and Flaxseed

These are your binders.  In addition to the starch from the rice, the eggs and flaxseed are what hold the base of your dessert pizza together so it's like a pizza and not just fruit on top of rice porridge, although that might be good too.  I don't think there is a vegan version of this recipe, as I tried my regular rice crust pizza with egg replacer and it just didn't hold together.  If you have success with an egg substitute I'd love to hear about it. 

Pears

pear crumble pizza filling ingredients.  Bowl of peeled pears on left, bowl with brown sugar, cinnamon and salt on left.Peeled pears in the bowl on the left. Brown sugar, cinnamon, salt on the right.

I decided to make this a pear crumble because I was fortunate enough to be gifted a bag of beautiful pears from my friend's tree.  The result was delicious so I do recommend it.  You could substitute apples if you like or...mmm, I bet peaches would be awesome.

Flour

The topping for the dessert pizza in the photos was made with oat flour.  It's fairly hearty and I thought it would balance off the fruit and rice quite nicely, and it did.  I've also had good luck with brown rice flour.  It's a bit lighter and tends to crisp up a bit more.  Really, I think any gluten free flour would work since you're not really looking for binding power here. No gums are necessary. 

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The Recipe

Ingredients

For the Base:

  • 100g Arborio rice
  • 500ml coconut milk
  • 1/4 c currants
  • enough orange juice to cover the currants in a small saucepan 
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed

For the Filling:

  • 5 ripe pears
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

For the Topping

  • 1 cup gluten free flour.  (oat flour or brown rice flour works well)
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamom
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Method

Base:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Combine the rice and coconut milk in a medium saucepan and let sit for 30 min.
  • Place the currants in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Turn off the heat and let stand while you finish up with the rice.
  • After the rice has soaked for 30 min turn on the heat and bring it to a boil.
  • Lift the lid and give it a stir,  then turn the heat down to low, replace the lid and don't peek.
  • Let the rice simmer on low for 30 min.  Stay close by in case it boils over.
  • After 30 min turn off the heat and let sit for another 10 min.
  • Add the honey and flaxseed
  • Drain the currants and stir into the rice mixture.  
  • Let it cool a bit and add the egg. (You don't want the egg to cook in the rice)
  • Spread the mixture onto an oiled pizza pan and place in the oven for 15 - 20 min.  The base should be turning golden brown and starting to set.
pot of currants soaking in orange juice
pot of coconut rice porridge

Filling

  • Peel the pears and slice thinly.  Place the peeled pears in cold water while you work so they don't turn brown.
  • MIx the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  • Drain the slices pears well and add to the sugar mixture.
  • Set aside
pear crumble pizza filling
coconut rice base par-bakedBaked dessert pizza base ready for filling and topping.

Topping:

  • Mix together all the topping ingredients except the butter.
  • Add the butter and combine with your fingers until you have a lumpy mixture.  Lumps should be about the size of peas.
  • Set the mixture in the fridge until your ready for it. 
pear crumble pizza oven ready

Putting it All Together:

  • Spread the filling evenly over the dessert pizza base.
  • Sprinkle the crumble topping over the filling.  If it seems to powdery, just squeeze it a bit in your hand so it clumps together while your sprinkling it over the pizza.  You want mostly those pea sized chunks.  Don't be too picky though, it will taste great.
  • Sprinkle the pecans over top.
  • Put your dessert pizza back in the oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.  It should be golden brown on top but not burnt, the sugar should be starting to caramelize around the edges and the middle should be set. 
  • Pull it out and let it cool.
  • Slice like a pizza and serve.
  • Amazing with ice cream and chocolate drizzle. 

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