November 1, 2008

 

Pizza Crust - Single Recipe

pizza slice The first gluten-free pizza recipe I posted makes a lot a pizza and might be overwhelming for some people. Since it was more than just a double recipe, it would be hard for someone to figure out how to make one pizza. I have figured it out for you and given it a try. I also simplified it just a bit by using milk or water and eliminating dry milk powder. The instructions below are for using a standard metal pizza pan.  I make mine on a pizza stone which requires a little longer bake time. If you've been craving pizza, you just have to give this a try. Even the flour combination can be simplified (see notes next to the ingredients). If you do give it a try, please let me know how it turns out!

Ingredients

3/4 c. brown rice flour (you can use white rice flour)
1/4 c. sorghum flour (you can use rice flour if you don't have sorghum)
1 1/4 c. tapioca starch
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
2 1/2 tsp. instant or bread machine yeast

2 Tb. cooking oil
2 egg whites
3/4 c. warm milk 105-115 degrees (you can use water if milk is a problem)

Instructions

Combine the dry ingredients in the bowl of your mixer. Add the oil and egg whites and mix on low. Add the milk and beat on high for 2 minutes.  Your dough should look like this:

pizza dough in bowl

Spray a pizza pan with cooking spray. Put the dough on the pan and spread out to the edges using your hand covered with a baggie that is sprayed with cooking spray. Let the dough rise about 20 minutes.
pizza dough after rise
About half way through the rise time turn your oven on to 400 degrees to preheat. Bake the crust for 8 minutes. It should be a little golden on top.

pizza crust after first bake

At this point you can just add sauce, cheese, and toppings.  However, what I like to do is brush the crust with a little olive oil, and sprinkle with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  Then I add the sauce, cheese and toppings.

pizza with toppings unbakedReturn the pizza to the oven for 15 minutes. Let it sit for 5 minutes after you take it out of the oven or the sauce will run.
pizza whole baked
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Comments:
I have three teen boys and they love the pizza as did DH and myself. Awesome recipe. :)
 
Do you think using egg replacer would work? I can't eat eggs!
 
It's definitely worth a try. If you have unflavored gelatin on hand, add 1 tsp. of that also. Let me know if it works.
 
I just made this and I LOVE IT!! I tried a few recipes that were at best like a Chef Boyardee pizza in a box. This is great. Thank you.
 
Fred - Thanks for letting me know. Sometimes I wonder if people have tried the recipe and what they think.
 
You're welcome! Keep up the good work!
 
Linda, sometimes I just want a quick pizza snack so I take a Chi-Chi's corn tortilla, butter the bottom and cook in a skillet with sauce and cheese until the tortilla gets a little crunchy and the cheese is melted. I use medium or less heat. They're addictive.
 
Fred - That sounds great. I'll give it a try. I bet my kids would like it too.
 
Linda- this crust recipe is great! I just made it last night! So yummy! I jazzed it up a little bit (oregano, garlic and olive oil). I posted about it on my site: http://theglutenfreediary.blogspot.com/2009/12/homemade-pizza.html
It was so good that my husband said I do not have to make him a separate gluten full pizza anymore! Wohoo!!!! ;)
 
Linda,

Do you think I could make this pizza dough up this afternoon and let it rise and do the 8-minute "pre-bake" to brown it and then finish it up tonight after I pick up my daughter? (Sort of make my own "pre-baked crust"?
 
Could I use one whole egg instead of 2 egg whites?
 
One egg will work, but I like using whites better. It's been so long since I've tried the whole egg that I forget exactly why.

I think you could do the pre-bake as you suggest. I have thought about doing that and then freezing it for later use, but never have.
 
i live in the caribbean and i am not too sure as to what sorghum flour is. can u please help me find a substitute
 
You can use rice flour or millet flour.
 
Just had to jump on here and tell you that I finally tried this pizza crust recipe. I have been meaning to get to it for some time now. First bite my daughter took she says, "mmmm, YUM". It was the same toppings as usual so it had to be the crust. Next time I checked on her she was eating the crust, something that has next happened in her entire life!!! Only thing is my crust did not brown. Not sure that was supposed to happen but it was good none the less.
 

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