August 22, 2008
Friday Night is Gluten-Free Pizza Night!
This recipe (along with a salad) makes enough for our family (including 3 boys, two of which are teenagers) with some extra for a couple of friends to eat with us or for leftovers. I use Pampered Chef stoneware for this. The recipe makes one bar pan pizza and one round pizza. If you don’t have stoneware, just use a medium sized cookie sheet and a round pizza pan, but bake times may be shorter, so keep an eye on it. You can find a similar recipe for a single pizza here.
1 ¾ c. brown rice flour (can use white)
¾ c. sorghum flour
2 ½ c. tapioca starch
¾ c. dry milk powder
1 Tb. xanthan gum
1 ¼ tsp. salt
1 ¼ Tb. sugar
1 ½ Tb. instant yeast
1/3 c. oil
5 egg whites (room temp. can warm up eggs under hot water)
1 ¾ c. warm water (105-115 degrees; reserve some)
Note: I use instant yeast which can be mixed right in with the dry ingredients. You can buy block packages of it or buy the jars of bread machine yeast. If you don’t have instant yeast, you will have to add the sugar and yeast to the water, but reserve ¼ c. water because you may not use it all.
Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Add oil and egg whites and mix on low speed. Add the water until dough is thin but not watery. Let it mix a while before deciding to add more. Mix on high speed about 3 minutes. I turn my oven on to warm up for this amount of time. Divide the dough into the pans putting a little more in the rectangular one. Using a baggie sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, pat the dough out to the edges. Let rise about 20 minutes. I put it in the warm oven for 8-10 minutes, remove it to the stove top and let the oven preheat.
Make sure the oven racks have some space between them. I have six rack settings and put mine on 2 and 5. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. I usually switch them half way through. Remove from oven, brush a little olive oil over the surface and edges and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. These two steps help keep the sauce from soaking into the crust. Add pizza sauce, cheese and toppings. Bake about 15 minutes more. This second bake does best one at a time, or add the second one half way through the time for the first one. Because I use stoneware, I put them on the lower rack.
You can use store bought pizza sauce or try this recipe. My family prefers this one.
16 oz. tomato sauce
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 Tb. sugar
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
I had to make a few adjustments; using rice flour instead of sorghum (don't have it overseas) and two whole eggs instead of five egg whites (eggs are $2.50 a dozen here), but it turned out great!
Since I've only been eating gluten free for three weeks vs. my daughters four years, I KNOW what real pizza crust should taste like. This was sooooo good and much easier than making a wheat based crust.
I hope to try this recipe exactly the way you wrote it when we get back to the States!
Thanks for the help!
Very excited to try the pizza recipe. I have been only using Namaste Pizza Crust which all the kids love.
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