Sunday, December 25, 2011

Gluten Free Pizza

Still on the look out for a great gluten-free pizza crust. I ran across one on this site, glutenfree goddess. If you are looking for gluten-free recipes, Karina's is a site to explore.

Karina's Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Recipe

Grease two 12-inch pizza pans and dust lightly with gluten-free flour. Set aside. (I sprayed one large jelly roll pan with baking spray)

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients:

2 cups tapioca flour/starch
1 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup millet flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
3 tablespoons organic light brown sugar

Set aside.

Proof the yeast:

1 1/4 cup warm water (between 110 - 115 degrees F)
1 teaspoon organic light brown sugar
1 packet (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast

Dissolve the light brown sugar in the warm water and add the active dry yeast. Stir and let the yeast get happy and puffy.

Add the proofed yeast and water to the dry ingredients.

Mix in:

1/4 cup good olive oil
1/4 cup beaten organic free-range egg whites (or egg replacer for two eggs)
1/4 teaspoon light tasting rice vinegar

Beat the dough until smooth and sticky. The pizza dough should be creamy smooth and not too thick- it's not sturdy like typical bread dough. It almost borders on batter. (I added another 1/8 C water, but mine still didn't look like batter- more like bread dough)

Using a silicone spatula divide the dough in half. Scoop each half onto the center of a prepared pizza pan. Using clean, wet hands press down lightly and flatten the dough to create a thin, even pizza shell, with slightly raised edges. You'll have to rinse your hands more than once to do this. Take your time to smooth out the dough with wet palms.
Set the pizza shells in a warm cozy spot to rest and rise a bit- about 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

When the oven is hot, place the two pizza pans side by side on the center rack (if your oven is too small to accommodate both pans on one rack, you'll need to use two racks; rotate the pans half way through baking time to avoid overcooking on the lower rack).

Bake for ten minutes till golden. (This took me longer- about 3-4 minutes more)

Remove from the oven. Preheat the broiler. I didn't do this step. I left the oven on at 400.

Brush the pizza shell with extra virgin olive oil. Season with sea salt and fresh garlic. Sprinkle with Italian herbs. (I brushed mine with a mixture of olive and garlic oil, and then started adding my veggies). 
I used:

Fresh baby spinach leaves and basil
Roasted beetroot
Roasted winter squash
Feta cheese
Country olives
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil all over the top

Karina says to broil briefly to melt the cheese, 4-5 minutes. I put mine back in the oven, instead at 400.  Either way- Don't over cook.
Cook time:20 min

Yield: Makes two 12-inch pizzas

**Pretty easy crust to make. You could hold it without it breaking. It was pretty good. I will be using this crust recipe again. I'd like to try it next with a tomato paste base.

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