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Baking Steel: Gluten Free Pizza Tests

Gluten Free Pizza
Gluten Free Pizza

I get asked almost every day for a gluten free pizza recipe. Isn't that an oxymoron, gluten free pizza.  I've scoured the web for gluten free dough recipes and they all have one thing in common.  A lot of ingredients. We're talking about xanthium gum, tapioca flour, rice flour, chickpea flour, to name a few.  It's an arduous task to say the least.

A few weeks back I found a pre-made gluten free pizza crust mix available off the shelf. For a novice gluten free guy, this was my answer. When I  noticed that Food and Wine magazine ranked the Cup 4 Cup founder, Chef Lena Kwak, in their October issue as one of the, "Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink", I figured it was worth a shot. Cup 4 Cup gluten free pizza mix is available at some Wholefoods locations as well as William Sonoma.  I haven't tested any other products, but I can confidently say if you follow a gluten free diet, definitely give this product a shot.  And we did have our secret weapon, the Baking Steel.  Just omit the pizza stone and bake the gluten free dough directly on the Baking Steel, it's going to cook beautifully.  Gluten free pizza is not going to replace traditional pizza anytime soon, but if you have dietary restrictions it is a nice substitute.

Please follow up with us if you have used this or any other gluten free product.  I would love to learn more.

Create Some Love,

Andris

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Cup4Cup gluten free pizza crust mix
Cup4Cup gluten free pizza crust mix
gluten free pizza dough
gluten free pizza dough

Just follow the directions and you get this mildly springy dough creation.  Literally just add 1 cup of water, 1 egg.  Mix by hand until you get this formation.  It's ready to roll..Your going to need a rolling pin.

gluten free dough rolled out with pin
gluten free dough rolled out with pin

I didn't like this shape for pizza, so I took a round plate and made a round dough, see below.

cutting out a round gluten free pizza crust
cutting out a round gluten free pizza crust

Using a round plate enabled us to make a round pizza.

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Coat both sides with olive oil and poke some breathing holes with a fork.  Ready to bake.

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The instructions say to pre-bake for 8 minutes, we had our secret weapon the Baking Steel.  This job was done in 4 minutes. We are ready to top this baby...

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Our first gluten free pizza would be a simple tomato sauce with a few cheeses.  This one with baby fontina, shredded low moisture mozzarella with a few specs of fresh mozzarella.

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Boom! Our gorgeous and pretty flavorful gluten free cheese pizza.

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We had one more dough, this one has tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and we topped with fresh arugula. Let the imagination run wild and create your favorite toppings on a gluten free dough.

Slice and enjoy,

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The bottom crust cooks beautifully on the Baking Steel.

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