Thursday, June 12, 2014

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Pizza

One our family favorites is homemade pizza.  We would have it pretty regularly back before DD#2's gluten sensitivity was identified.  Of course I wouldn't make a favorite and make DD#2 watch us eat it, so we've ALL been missing out on pizza.

I decided to finally give a gluten free pizza crust a try last week.  Of course I went to my new favorite cookbook: Gluten-Free on a Shoestring.  Let me recommend again that you buy this book if you're moving to a gluten free or lower gluten diet.  The author writes in plain English that's easy to understand and she includes lots of detailed tips.

I mixed 1 cup of all-purpose GF flour with xantham (Namaste), 1/2 tablespoon active dry yeast, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt into my mixer's bowl.

Next I mixed 6 T. warm water with 1 1/2 T. olive oil in a measuring cup and poured it into the dry mixture in a steady stream while the mixer turned.  The dough didn't seem to stick together like I expected.  I eventually just scraped the sides down to force it into a single mass.

Then I drizzled some olive oil in this dish and pressed the dough into it in a "disc" shape and flipped it to coat the dough with olive oil.
Covered the bowl with saran wrap

Let rise in a warm, draft-free area until doubled.  I used the microwave and a hot dishrag.

After an hour it wasn't doubled, but it was bigger so it was good enough.

So I wrapped it all in saran wrap then and put it in the fridge to chill for another hour.

I was using my pizza stone for conventional pizza so I used silicone to roll the dough out.

The directions said to roll up a bit of a crust to make an edge.
 Then I put the silicone on a cookie sheet and "blind baked" the crust for 5 minutes at 400. 

Then I dressed the crispy crust with pasta sauce & pepperoni.
 I usually just use a jar of pasta sauce instead of pizza sauce.  It's much cheaper and does the trick.

I added the Daiya dairy-free cheese

Baked at 400 again for 7 minutes.  This cheese actually melts a little!
DD#2 was very happy to have pizza with her sisters.  I was very happy to have a half pizza leftover so I could make a gluten and dairy-filled dinner that night.   DD#2 was happy have to her pizza instead.


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