Easy Gluten Free Pizza Dough
What's the best way to start off a new year? Good intentions, self love, spreading more kindness, feeling successful each day....
Maybe a pizza dough recipe? I know, maybe not what you were thinking. BUT having a good homemade dough recipe in your back pocket isn't a bad thing.
We have a tradition..every FRIDAY that we are home, we make homemade pizzas. Sometimes I buy the dough from Whole Foods or Wegmans (not gluten free) and sometimes I make our own.
What are you requirements for a good pizza crust? We like our thin, crispy with a little bit of a chew...Enter this recipe. AND it's gluten free, which we love.
Let's get to work!
Easy Gluten Free Pizza Dough
**please note: I use a pizza stone, that has been preheated in a hot oven & a stand mixer to thoroughly mix the ingredients together.
1 1/2 cups Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (I used King Arthur)
2 heaping tablespoons unsweetened superfood dry creamer (Lairds Food is a great brand) * Use dry milk powder if you don't have dry creamer
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum (Bob Red Mill's is a good choice)
1 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon raw honey or omit
1 cup warm water
1/4 good quality olive oil, divided
Put the dry ingredients (except the yeast) into a stand mixer bowl. Mix to combine ingredients.
In a small bowl, add the honey, warmer water, 2 tablespoons olive oil and yeast. Stir slowly to combine with a wooden spoon or spatula. Add 1/2 of the dry mixture into the mixture and stir again to combine - there may be a few lumps which is okay. Set aside for 30 minutes - leave on your kitchen counter away from your stove but not in a cold location - room temperature is best.
After 30 minutes, add the moist mixture to the dry ingredients, and beat on medium-high speed for 4 minutes, using your paddle attachment. The mixture will be very thick and sticky - that's what you want.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place your pizza stone into the oven while it is preheating. When the oven has reached the temperature, remove the stone and place 1 -2 tablespoons of olive oil on it and spread it all over the top of the stone.
Remove the dough from the bowl and place in the center of the pizza stone. Dip your fingers in olive oil or water and use your wet fingers to press the dough outwards - making a circle of dough. It's important to work quickly - you want to get the stone and dough back into the oven within 1-2 minutes. Return to oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. If bubbles form, deflate them with a knife.
Once you remove from the oven - top with your favorite simple tomato sauce, cheese and toppings. Return to the oven for 8-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbling and the sides of the crust are toasted. Remove from oven, slice it up and stuff your face.
Happy pizza making!
**Want to make this ahead of time and take out when you need it? After you combine all ingredients together - wrap it in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator. Remove and let rest for 45 minutes at room temperature. Then pick up at the preheating oven step.
*Recipe inspired from King Arthurs recipe.