Now in the kitchen, I’m no one to judge when it comes to using prepared baking mixes. This definitely applies to gluten free (GF) baking. The topic of GF baking is so overwhelming – who knew there were so many kinds of flours with various properties, textures and flavors to consider? For now, I’m resorting to prepared GF flour blends as a substitute in baking recipes. The brands I’ve used so far include Bob’s Red Mill and King Arthur’s Flour – both have worked out fine so far. Usually you can substitute 1:1 with the GF flour blends which makes it super easy and convenient!
GF baking requires some additional ingredients such as xanthan gum, which helps add volume and viscosity to bread and other gluten-free baked goods. It’s made from a tiny microorganism called Xanthomonas Campestris and is a natural carbohydrate. When involving yeast with GF baking, other ingredients like eggs, vinegar or additional liquid are needed. It’s all pretty new to me so bear with me if you’re familiar with GF baking. I used Bob’s Red Mill GF flour and tried their pizza dough recipe. Thanks to my friend, Colin, who is also living a GF lifestyle, he gave me some xanthan gum to play with. Aside from these two GF specific ingredients, I had everything else in my pantry.
I was especially surprised by the texture. I really didn’t know what to expect but was glad it came out the way it did. To me, it was like a focaccia recipe but I’m sure if I spread the dough out thinner, it would have been a bit crisper than chewy. However, some folks like their pizza dough chewy… so play with it as you wish.
recipe adapted from Bob’s Red Mill
2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 teaspoons cornmeal
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle with cornmeal; set aside.
Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl.
Combine yeast, sugar and water in the bowl of a stand mixer and let stand about 5 minutes.
Add egg and oil to wet ingredients to the stand mixer bowl, then add dry ingredients. Mix with the paddle attachment for a minute to thoroughly combine. The dough will be a bit runny, almost like a thick cake batter consistency.
Scoop dough onto prepared parchment lined baking sheet and using a spatula, spread out the dough to form pizza crust. Once formed, allow crust to rest for 15-20 minutes uncovered.
After crust has rested, cover with your favorite pizza sauce and toppings.
Bake at 425F for 15-20 minutes or until top is browned to your preference.