One of the things I missed the most when I began eating GF was PIZZA! I think pizza is one of my favorite foods, as it is for many people. There’s just something about the melted cheese, the “pizza-y” sauce, the spicy pepperoni — and the crust — the CRUST! The crust is crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside . . . OH how I missed that!
Now, of course you can buy frozen GF pizzas (which are not inexpensive) and there are many GF pizza mixes now that you can mix up and make your own pizza. But these mixes are not cheap either (running from $3 and up each). SO — I came across this homemade recipe and tweeked it a bit. It is not difficult, but it is a little more complex than I usually like (or have time) to tackle — but it is SOOOOOOO worth it! The crust comes out AMAZING — it tastes like regular pizza crust!
Pizza Crust (GF)
(makes 1 large pizza) Prep Time: 10-15 min. Cook Time: 20-25 min.
1 pkg active dry yeast (about 2 ¼ teaspoons)
2 ½ teaspoons sugar, divided
1 cup warm milk or milk substitute (rice, soy, almond), temp 100-110 degrees
1 ¼ cup rice flour
½ cup cornstarch (plus extra for fingers when spreading dough)
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning or oregano (optional)
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Dissolve yeast and ½ teaspoon sugar in warm milk; let stand 5 minutes.
In medium mixing bowl, combine flour, 2 teaspoons sugar, cornstarch, xanthan gum, seasoning, and salt.
Pour in milk mixture, oil and vinegar. Mix with hand mixer for at least 30 seconds.
Coat pizza pan with cooking spray. With rubber spatula sprayed with cooking spray, scrape dough onto pan. Sprinkle dough with 1 tablespoon corn starch, and coat fingertips with corn starch.
With small motions, press dough from center to sides, spreading as evenly as possible, and re-coating fingertips with cornstarch when dough starts to stick. Bake on lowest rack for 10 minutes (dough will start to crack). Remove from oven.
Top with GF pizza sauce & toppings, then bake on middle rack for another 10-15 minutes or until crust edges brown and cheese browns. Let pizza cool for 5 minutes, then cut into pieces.
OPTIONAL: Quick GF Pizza Crust – take a piece of GF bread, spread GF pizza sauce and toppings, then toast in toaster oven or bake in oven.
Because my GF crust requires some effort, I “cheat” a bit to feed my gluten-eating family members — I buy small frozen pizzas and add more toppings & cheese, then bake along with my GF pizza.