Gluten Free Pizza Trials

I have missed “real” pizza for a long time. Having tried to make gluten free pizza crust in the past it always tastes fine but the texture is like a fat flat bread. It just isn’t the same as a soft, sink your teeth in dough. Most gluten free pizzas made from scratch look the same, flat. I made a gluten free pizza dough from scratch today that is worth mentioning though my experiments will continue until I figure this out.DSC_0031

1/4 cup quinoa flour*
1/4 cup brown rice flour*
1/4 cup oat flour*
1/4 cup tapioca flour (starch)
1/4 cup potato flour
1 cup warm water
1 Tablespoon yeast
1 Tablespoon brown sugar**
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2-1 teaspoon sea salt

favorite pizze toppings

Preheat oven to 500. Combine flours and set aside. (*I ground the quinoa, brown rice and oat flours in a coffee mill set aside for gluten free grains, seeds and nuts to making flours in small batches. Convenient and economical.) You will probably have some left over so have a jar handy to store it in.

DSC_0013 DSC_0014Combine warm water, yeast, brown sugar and extra virgin olive oil in a 2 cup or larger container and set aside for 20-30 minutes keeping an eye on the mixture. (** I normally do not put sugar in my bread or pizza dough but in the case of the challenging gluten free pizza dough the sugar helps to activate the yeast.) Once there is a large head of foaming yeast you know it is “alive”.

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Place 1 cup of the flour mixture and salt into a medium sized bowl and add the activated yeast. Mix together and continue to add flour until you have a firm and slightly sticky dough. I used a wooden spoon but an electric mixer with dough hook should work too. Set a side and allow to rise. It took only about 30 minutes for mine to double.
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Meanwhile generously grease 2 pie plates with extra virgin olive oil.

DSC_0020 DSC_0021 DSC_0022 DSC_0028Add more flour to make the dough firm enough to take out of the bowl, divide in half, form into a ball and then press into the oiled pie plate. Add desired toppings and bake until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted and golden.
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