GLUTEN FREE PIZZA DOUGH


Gluten Free Pizza Dough

As friends start learning about my gluten free lifestyle, some think it's a challenge considering how much of a foodie I am. The good thing is, I love a challenge and a food related one at that! Already, I've been tempted with a whole lot of pastries and breads... but life is not over folks. Just because gluten is no longer part of my personal menu, it doesn't mean I can't enjoy pastries, breads and traditional gluten laden foods. (Gluten laden - is that the right term?) Take for example, pizza. I hosted a kitchen playdate pizza party with fellow moms and their kids recently. While everyone was enjoying the traditional pizzas we made, I tried my hand at my first Gluten Free Pizza Dough. Surprisingly, it was quite good! I still have yet to play around with the various types of flours but using a gluten free all purpose flour mix worked out just fine. Until I feel more comfortable with making my own flour blends, I'll be sticking with this pizza dough recipe. It's light, springy and has a great chew, perfect for topping any way you like... just like traditional pizza dough. As much as I do in and out of the kitchen, I'll be the first to admit I would rather sit like a rock and do absolutely nothing. This is even more true with a mobile toddler clinging to my leg. He exhausts me so there's no need for a Bally's gym membership anytime soon lol. Now in the kitchen, I'm no one to judge when it comes to using prepared baking mixes. This definitely applies to gluten free (GF) baking. The topic of GF baking is so overwhelming - who knew there were so many kinds of doughs with various properties, textures and flavors to consider? For now, I'm resorting to prepared GF flour blends as a substitute in baking recipes. The brands I've used so far include Bob's Red Mill and King Arthur's Flour - both have worked out fine so far. Usually you can substitute 1:1 with the GF flour blends which makes it super easy and convenient! GF baking requires some additional ingredients such as xanthan gum, which helps add volume and viscosity to bread and other gluten-free baked goods. It is made from a tiny microorganism called Xanthomonas campestris and is a natural carbohydrate. When involving yeast with GF baking, other ingredients like eggs, vinegar or additional liquid are needed. It's all pretty new to me so bear with me if you're familiar with GF baking. I used Bob's Red Mill GF flour and used the recipe on their site to make pizza dough. Thanks to my friend, Colin, who is also living a GF lifestyle, he gave me some xanthan gum to play with. Aside from these two GF specific ingredients, I had everything else in my pantry. I was especially surprised by the texture. I really didn't know what to expect but was glad it came out the way it did. To me, it was like a focaccia recipe but I'm sure if I spread the dough out thinner it would have been a bit crisper than chewy. However, some folks like their pizza chewy... so play with it as you wish. For this pizza, I topped it with a zesty pizza sauce.

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