Thursday, March 24, 2011

Gluten-Free Recipe #2

 PIZZA!

Now here's a subject I am really passionate about!!!

Upon finding out that I was gluten intolerant, this was by far the biggest blow to accept: NO MORE PIZZA!

Or so I thought!

Here's a SUPER EASY recipe for Pizza Dough!

First of all, you start with a mix. This mix is enough dry ingredients for (4) 12" pizzas.

Pizza Mix
2-2/3 C brown rice flour
2 C tapioca flour (or starch)
1/2 C dry milk powder (non-dairy milk powder works fine, too)
4 t xanthan gum
2 t salt
4 t unflavored gelatin powder (just check Jell-0 section at grocer; everyone has it; 1 pkt= 2 t)
4 t Italian seasoning
Mix all together and store in air tight container.

Pizza Crust
*Makes (1) 12" pizza
1-1/3 C pizza mix
1 T dry yeast
2/3 C warm water
1/4 t honey
1 t olive oil
1 t lemon juice
Mix with electric mixer on high speed. Press into a 12" pizza pan (or a 9x13" baking dish).
For thin crust, immediately place dough in 350F preheated oven for approx 5-8 min. Remove, add toppings, and place back in oven for 15-20 min, or until cheese is starting to brown nicely.
For a thicker crust, allow the dough to rise in a warm/non-drafty place for 30-40 min. Then prebake in 350F oven for 5-8 min, remove, add toppings, and bake for 15-20 mins.
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Now, there is definitely a SCIENCE to "pressing the dough into a pizza pan". GF dough almost always is sticky! But I've finally figured out how to beat it into submission!

1- spray pizza pan with non-stick spray, like PAM. If using a pizza pan with the itty bitty holes: spread out aluminum foil on pan and then spray that with PAM.
2- spray the hand you plan on using to "press the dough" with PAM. You may have to do this several times until the dough stops sticking to your hand. Since I'm right handed, I press with my right and have the PAM spray in my left at all times, so I can spray as needed without making a greasy mess.
3- press all the way to the edge and then some so the dough curls up and over the edge of the pie pan. I then curl the dough back onto itself to make a rounded crust (see picture above).

ENJOY!!!

*Note: if wanting to freeze dough for easy pizza making later, let dough thoroughly cool after pre-bake, wrap well in plastic wrap/aluminum foil or large freezer bag, and freeze. When ready to prepare, allow to thaw completely, add toppings, and bake in preheated 350F oven for 15-18 min, or until cheese starts to brown.

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