Gluten-Free Specialty Pizza

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This crispy pizza crust tastes so delicious that your family and guests will never guess that it’s wheat- and gluten-free. You can hold a slice in your hand, and it won’t crumble! Make one large pizza, or shape the dough into four individual pizzas. For a mouth-watering pizza, top the crust with our easy, fat-free Pizza Sauce recipe.

1 T gluten-free dry yeast
⅔ cup brown rice flour or bean flour
½ cup tapioca flour
2 T dry milk powder or non-dairy milk powder or sweet rice flour
2 tsp xanthan gum
½ tsp salt
1 tsp unflavored gelatin powder
1 tsp Italian herb seasoning
⅔ cup warm water (105 degrees)
½ tsp sugar or ¼ tsp honey
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp cider vinegar or ¼ tsp unbuffered vitamin C crystals
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In medium mixer bowl using regular beaters (not dough hooks), blend the yeast, flours, dry milk powder, xanthan gum, salt, gelatin powder, and Italian herb seasoning on low speed. Add warm water, sugar (or honey), olive oil, and vinegar. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. (If the mixer bounces around the bowl, the dough is too stiff. Add water, if necessary, one tablespoon at a time, until dough does not resist beaters.) The dough will resemble soft bread dough. (You may also mix it in a bread machine on dough setting.) Put mixture into 12-inch pizza pan or on baking sheet (for thin, crispy crust), 11 x 7-inch pan (for deep dish version) that has been coated with cooking spray. Liberally sprinkle rice flour onto dough, then press dough into pan, continuing to sprinkle dough with flour to prevent sticking to your hands. Make edges slightly higher to contain toppings.

Bake the pizza crust for 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Spread pizza crust with sauce and toppings. Bake for another 20-25 minutes or until top is nicely browned. Preparation time: 45 minutes. Serves 6.

Pizza Sauce

Prepare this fat-free sauce while the pizza crust bakes. It fills the kitchen with a delicious aroma. And by letting it simmer for 15 minutes, it becomes thick so it won’t make the pizza crust soggy.

8 oz gluten-free tomato sauce (make your own with recipe below)
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried basil
½ tsp dried rosemary
½ tsp fennel seeds
¼ tsp gluten-free garlic powder
2 tsp sugar or 1 tsp honey (optional)
½ tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in small sauce pan and bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes. Top pizza crust with sauce and your favorite toppings. Makes about 1 cup.

Preparation time: 15 minutes.

Tomato Sauce

If you can’t eat commercial canned tomato sauce (it contains corn syrup), make your own with this easy recipe. You can “jazz” this recipe up with additional herbs and spices.

2T chopped onions
1 small garlic clove
1 can (14.5 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes or 4 large peeled fresh tomatoes
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp sugar or honey (optional)
⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Puree all ingredients in blender until very smooth. Place in small saucepan, and cook over low-medium heat for 20 – 25 minutes or until desired consistency. Makes 1 cup, equivalent to one 8-ounce can of commercial canned tomato sauce.

Preparation time: 30 minutes.

 

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