Update: Isabel’s pizza mix is far superior to my own attempts!
It’s just not the same. As much as you can experiment with alternatives, gluten is what makes pizza and bread taste, well, pizza-y and bready. Sigh. But I’ll be damned if I’m going to live without pizza. I can’t keep convincing myself I don’t miss it.
So I made GF pizza for lunch. My recipe was adapted from Gluten Free Goddess’s Gluten-Free Pizza Crust recipe. It was not a particularly outstanding adaptation, so I suggest you try out hers, rather than mine. When I tried hers, sticking to the recipe exactly (except for sorghum flour, which I cannot get hold of here), the base was a little bit heavy. I couldn’t seem to roll it out thinly enough.
There’s still a way to go on the quest for decent pizza.
Here are some photos from my most recent attempt:
Rolling out the dough between sheets of cling film avoids the dough cracking and crumbling. It’s definitely a technique I will use next time. Gluten-free Goddess tells you to press the dough into the pan with your fingers, but this way works much better!
The white stuff is some rice flour that I dusted on it. You can see the texture is a bit grainy. This is because I could only find “whole” tapioca and millet at Whole Foods – not the professionally ground flours. The Vitamix did a great job of blitzing it, but didn’t get it as fine as shop bought flours.
The baked crust with the topping ready to be broiled/grilled. Fun fact for the day: when Americans say to broil something, that means to stick it under the grill. However, this also confuses Americans because when they say grill, they think of bbqs. Basically, you bake the crust and then put the toppings on and give it as much heat as you can.
It’s certainly not perfect, but it’s a start. At least I know I can make something that vaguely resembles pizza and sort of hits the spot. My amended version used tapioca, millet, buckwheat and chickpea flour. By the way, the dark stuff in the bottom right corner is not burnt, it’s where I overdid the smoked paprika!
I promise as soon as I find the perfect pizza dough recipe I will share it here! You can rest assured I will not give up. 🙂