For all those coeliac pizza lovers, please listen up! You do not have to live on those awful tiny pre-made, shop-bought monstrosities. You CAN eat freshly prepared pizza, at a low cost. This is not an advertisement. I am not being paid by these people. I am writing this out of sheer love for pizza, and the happiness I have found since Isabel’s pizza mix came into my life.
It costs £2.59 at Waitrose and makes 4, YES 4, thin crust pizzas. They do not roll out like cookie dough. The dough has elasticity. They do not need to rise. You can get from box to pizza in my mouth in 30 minutes. What, I hear you ask, is this magic ingredient? Pixie juice? Unicorn tears? It’s CASSAVA STARCH. Now I’m sure there’s a way to make this totally from scratch. But with this mix I simply don’t care. It does contain some milk so for the milk allergic people I am truly sorry, but those with lactose intolerance might be able to tolerate it.
Each box comes with 2 packs, which each make 2 pizzas. You’ll think they wont, but they will, I promise. You add an egg, some oil and some water to the mix and stir, and when it comes together knead it until it’s smooth. You don’t need to wait for anything yeasty to happen. It’s ready to roll out.
And the Happy Coeliac did smile. And the gluten-free people of Britain did rejoice, and so did some of the gluten-eaters, because as my boyfriend says “this is better than wheaty pizzas”. A note on cooking: they give two methods for cooking the base – after much experimentation, we DO NOT prebake the base. We use chopped tomatoes whizzed up in a blender as the pizza sauce, but generally the less liquidy the sauce is the better.
We found that when we prebaked the crust it would puff up and crack, so we usually bake the whole thing for around 15-20 minutes. You’ll need to find the right setting for your oven – a nice new oven will make them crispier quicker! They are ready when they don’t sag in the middle, and can slide off the tray onto a plate!
So the next time you find yourself with a pizzemergency on your hands, it’s time to try this out. It took us a few goes to really perfect our technique, but once you’ve got it you’ll forget all those tears wasted over 3000 calorie domino’s nightmares, and come to love the low salt, lower calorie, freshly prepared and OH-SO-DELICIOUS Isabel’s pizza.