As I am still on my quest to find really good gluten free pizzas around the area, I decided to try making my own pizza crusts at home this weekend. Since I know from previous experience dealing with GF dough and how difficult it can be to sometimes to work with, I wanted to try a recipe that wasn’t too complicated. I also wanted to try two ways of cooking the pizzas…one on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and the other with a pizza stone. The recipe for the dough did have a lot of different flours but once mixed together it was pretty easy to work with. I decided to make 3 pizzas all with different toppings.
The ingredients included Almond flour, Tapioca flour or arrowroot, Coconut flour, salt, eggs, apple cider vinegar, light flavored olive oil and water. You mix together the almond and tapioca flour and some of the coconut flour first in a large bowl. Next, you mix the wet ingredients together and add to the flours which will create a dough. Little by little you add more of the coconut flour until it forms a soft dough. You form into a 10 inch round crust either on a cookie sheet or pizza stone and dust it with tapioca flour. Place in the oven on 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until brown around edges. My mom had made a homemade pizza sauce which was very simple and delicious. Saute garlic in a bit of olive oil, cook for a few minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant and then add strained tomatoes (we used the brand Bio Naturae) and a little tomato paste. Add basil and oregano and cook for about 20 minutes.
Once the pizza crust has cooked you can add the pizza sauce and whatever toppings of your choice, then place back in the oven for a few more minutes until the cheese has melted. The first pizza had fresh mozzarella, fresh spinach, fresh basil and kalamata olives.
Second pizza: shredded mozzarella, fresh spinach, kalamata olives and red bell pepper.
The third pizza which was actually my favorite included fresh mozzarella, pepperoni and fresh basil.