Gluten free pizza? yes, it works and you can prepare it at home, easily.
The recipe follows the Italian tradition with some changes here and there due to the absence of gluten. I tried different recipes and the one I’m sharing today with you has been approved by the family board. The crust is crispy and tasty. For the filling I opted for a “Margherita or Daisy pizza” that is mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil. Basic, simple. the best one.
If you will visit Naples, Italy (the capital city of Pizza) and you will enjoy a pizza there (the BEST one I ever had) on the menu’ you will find only two kinds of pizza. with tomato sauce only or with tomato sauce and mozzarella. That’s it! that’s the original pizza 🙂
But let’s start together:
Sift all the flours in the mixer: the rice flour, the corn starch and the potato starch.
Add the instant gluten free yeast. The one that I found doesn’t need to be dissolved in any liquid prior to be used, you just add it to the flours 🙂
Keep adding the Extra virgin oil of olive and the salt dissolved in few tablespoons of warm water.
Let the mixer start working at low speed and slowly add the remaining warm water. The temperature of the water (warm) is very important in order to activate the rising process.
In less than two minutes you will obtain a nice, compact and very white dough.
Place the dough in a bowl that you greased with some oil of olive..you do not want the dough to raise and stick to the bowl 😉
Cover the dough with a cloth and let it rest in a controlled temperature place. My favorite place is the oven. not heated, room temperature. Just because inside the oven (not heated) the temperature stays the same. Usually the dough takes 2/3 hours to raise and double its size.
When the dough is ready take a pizza pan. My favorite is the one with the holes as the pizza bottom will cook better without being soggy. It’s time to use your hands. With the help of some oil of olive on your hands spread the pizza dough to create a nice circular shape, a pizza shape!!
Last part: filling.
In a bowl, mix the tomato sauce with the oregano and the salt
Spread the tomato mix on the pizza with a spoon.
Place the pizza in the oven, this time preheated at 425F., for 10 minutes. Remove the pizza and add the slices of mozzarella.
Place the pizza back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes (15 min total). Final touch: good Extra Virgin Oil of Olive on top and few basil leaves. That’s it! the pizza will be delicious!!
If you like the gluten free idea and you are also looking for dairy free, I have the perfect recipe for you. My foodie friend Ariyele prepared an incredibly good “Parsley Pesto Pizza” totally gluten and dairy free. Check her video!
Enjoy the pizza!!!