Pizza, Gluten-Free

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on May 23, 2010

Every once in awhile, I feel at a disadvantage.  Don’t get me wrong – I love that I know that I have celiac and that I found out so young, but there were a few things, as a baker, that I missed out on.  At my house, we made plenty of pies and cakes and cookies, but homemade bread – homemade pizza – wasn’t a part of my baking or tasting experience.  What I’m saying is that I don’t know what homemade (wheat) bread is like to knead in my hands, to form into a boule.  I don’t know what homemade (wheat) pizza is like to stretch, to spend an afternoon making it with my friends or family.  But I know dough.  I know gluten-free.  I know what works for me.

With that said, this gluten-free pizza dough is good.  It may not be traditional, with a slightly different texture.  The flavour is different, as it obviously isn’t wheat-based, but I found it to be lovely.  Sometimes you need a stepping stone, be it for great toppings, or creating an even greater recipe.  This is my pizza stepping stone.  Find your favourite toppings, choose your cooking method (Bake + Bake, Bake + Grill), and you’re golden.  It’s pizza, just a little different :).  It was perfect for my weekend afternoon.  In fact, I made one pizza for lunch and one for dinner!

When the sun is shining, the clouds are story-book perfect and the air still has the crispness of spring, a fresh warm pizza is a fantastic meal.  Stir together the dry ingredients, add wet and rise, pat out and bake.  Then top and bake, or grill.  You can make it meat-full or meatless, and with any topping you can imagine (although, I would suspect that certain combinations would be better than others ;D ).  Speaking of Meatless, this is the beginning of Lorna Yee‘s meatless week, which I am joining in for!  Lately, I’ve been eating a lot less meat anyways, but I thought that this would get me to really start to think out of the box and discover new ways to eat, without meat!  Even better:  lots of my blogging friends are joining in as well – maybe you will too!  (It runs from May 24th to May 30th, if you were wondering.)

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Gluten-Free Pizza
An original recipe by Lauren of Celiac Teen

2 tsp instant yeast
1 cup millet flour (5.50 oz)
3/4 cup brown rice flour (4.30 oz)
1/2 cup tapioca starch/flour (2.30 oz)
1/2 cup sweet rice flour (2.60 oz)
1 tsp salt
1 3/4 tsp xanthan gum
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup + however much you need of hot waterSteps

Whisk together yeast, flours, salt and xanthan gum. Slowly stir in the olive oil and 1 cup of the warm water, until it comes together. If it’s still dry, add in more water, 1 tbsp at a time, until the dough does not crumble apart. Knead for a moment or two until you form a ball that is smooth and has a bit of give to it (see picture if needed).

Place the ball of dough in an oiled bowl, turning to make sure that it is covered completely in the oil. Place a warm damp towel over the bowl and let rise in a warm area for 1 hour or so (the microwave, turned off, works well for this). It will not double in size, but it will rise.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (and a barbeque to ~450, if using).

On a parchment paper or silpat-lined baking sheet, pat half of your dough into your desired pizza shape (I did rectangles, as they were simpler). Bake for 5 minutes and remove from oven. At this point you can either top with your favourite toppings and bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or let cool. Then when you’re ready to bake, top with your favourite toppings and bake for 12 to 14 minutes.

Alternately, you can bake for 5 minutes and remove from the oven. Then, either top right away and grill, with the top closed for 8 to 9 minutes, until the bottom is crispy and the cheese is bubbling. If you are not grilling right away, then let the pizza shell cool, and when you’re ready to bake, grill with the top closed for 8 to 9 minutes.

Let rest for a few minutes, and Enjoy!

The dough.

All patted out, ready to hop onto the pan and into the oven!

This one was tomato sauce, tomatoes, feta and mozzarella slices.

It was such a beautiful day.

Especially with a pizza on the grill.  (this one was tomato sauce, red peppers, mushrooms, mozzarella and cheddar)

I thought it looked like a storybook.  Especially the clouds.

All ready to eat, with the wonky light of sun shining through the trees :).

I am so glad that summer is just about here! At school, everyone is getting a little restless with 3 more weeks of school (and then we have exams), especially on warm days where the sun is shining and everyone simply cannot wait to get out and suck up the rays of light! Anyways, I hope that you all enjoy the rest of this long weekend.


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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 23, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Yummm, looks amazing!

AmandaonMaui May 24, 2010 at 1:49 am

Your pizzas look amazing! They make me want a grill this summer. :)

Theresa May 24, 2010 at 3:47 am

Wow! That looks sooo good!
I miss summer :( it’s almost winter here and it’s miserable! Oh well.
And I feel weird asking this, but is your cheese always that yellow? Funny, coz the cheese we’ve got here is usually really pale, like a creamy yellow instead of the strong yellow you’ve got. I’m wondering why that is now, instead of doing study like I should be!
Beautiful post!

GF PATISSERIE May 24, 2010 at 6:49 am

Pizza. Universally the most missed food by Celiacs.
Yours looked amazing!

Iris May 24, 2010 at 7:45 am

The lighting in these photos is AMAZING!

Lauren | Celiac Teen May 24, 2010 at 8:20 am

Theresa, yes our cheddar is always that yellow-orange colour. Maybe a touch less saturated, but in general, that’s it’s colour. The feta browned up in the oven, but it’s normally pretty white :).

Ms. Whiteplates May 24, 2010 at 8:26 am

Your pictures are absolutely lovely and you should be very proud of that pizza, it looks beautiful and beats the pants off any wheat-based version. One of my favourite pizzas: hummus (instead of tomatoes), mozza and thinly sliced onions with perhaps a smattering of fresh basil on top. The flavours are light and perfect for spring!

Julie May 24, 2010 at 10:03 am

I’ll say it again – you’re brilliant!

Julie May 24, 2010 at 10:04 am

And very sweet, too.

Lorna May 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Thanks for joining in on Meatless Week! Your pizza looks fantastic. Great idea to brown the feta in the oven, but grill the dough outside so you could enjoy the weather. 😉

Jenn May 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Great job Lauren! I was also enjoying beautiful weather this weekend, it would’ve been perfect for pizza!

Juliana May 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Lauren, nice looking pizza…yummie!

maybelles mom May 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm

those blossom pictures are great–particularly the first. as to the stepping stone, i know what you mean. i felt way when I first made pasta by hand.

Erica Lea May 24, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I love pizza on the grill. Yours sounds delicious. And your photos are just lovely. I really like the pink blossoms with the flair.

fartygirl May 25, 2010 at 5:24 am

BEAUTIFUL photos! I love the one with the red tree leaves. Oh yeah and the pizza, that’s pretty amazing too. I like that it’s so simple. Yeast frightens me. But you make it sound easy. :)

Kimberly May 25, 2010 at 10:01 am

That looks really yummy. I haven’t tried to do a thin crust yet, but this is the recipe I came up with that we like: (it’s definitely a thick crust)

1/4 C Montina
1/4 C Buckwheat
1/4 C White Rice
1/4 C Sweet White Rice
1/2 C Cornstarch (can use maybe amaranth or more tapioca if you are corn sensitive)
1/2 C Tapioca Starch
1 Tbsp Potato Flour (not potato starch)

Yeast et al:
1 pkg active dry yeast
1 t sugar
3/4 C warm water (110-115 F)

The rest of the ingredients:
2 tsp Xanthan gum
3/4 tsp salt
2-1/2 Tbsp sugar
2 T powdered milk
2 eggs
3-1/2 Tbsp oil
1/2 tsp vinegar
1 Tbsp milk

proof yeast
mix dry ingredients together
mix wet ingredients together (except yeast mixture)
add wet to dry
add yeast mixture
mix well
spread in prepared pan (i used a cookie sheet with parchment paper that was lightly oiled on which i sprinkled cornmeal)
cover with oiled plastic wrap and slightly dampened towel and let rise in a warm spot for about an hour or till you can’t stand waiting anymore…
bake 10-15 min at 375F.
add toppings as desired.
bake for 10-15 min more or till toppings are all melty and yummy…

hope it works as well for you as it did for me. :) i have a pic if you want, just email me. kimberly

Lauren | Celiac Teen May 27, 2010 at 7:13 am

Wow Kimberly! That looks great :)

gfe--gluten free easily May 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Some gorgeous shots here, Lauren! I’ve never had pizza cooked on the grill, but yours looks yummy. Like the cheese chunks versus the grated cheese, too. :-)


Wizzythestick June 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm

As the mom who has to cook for of a gluten free 18mth old, I quite like the gluten free pizzas. Nice flavour and texture. I do hate the patting the dough into shape tho. If I had to be gluten free I wouldn’t miss pizza as the Gf version is fine for me. It’s the bread I would crave. Luckily my son has never tasted real bread so he doesn’t know what he’s missing

Kim October 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I tried this recipe tonight and it was FANTASTIC! Definitely doesn’t taste like a wheat-based crust, but my husband and myself gobbled it up in a hurry and my gluten-sensitive toddler had three pieces! Hooray for pizza!

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