I thought and thought about what recipe to start off my 31 Days of Gluten, Dairy, and Egg Free Comfort Food, and I think we have to start with pizza.
Pizza, because everyone loves it, and it is very hard to get a good gluten free and dairy free pizza at a pizzeria, and sometimes you just really NEED pizza.
When Baby Bee was about one month old, and at the height of his crazy loud breathing due to his floppy larynx, I was so stressed out and worried. I had cut out gluten and dairy among other things, and I remember sitting on the couch, holding Baby Bee with his head angled just right so he could breathe easily, and I just wanted a nice hot pizza. But that wasn’t an option, because I had no idea how to make a good gluten free crust, and I didn’t know about Daiya cheese. A few weeks later, we found a pizzeria that made gluten free and vegan pizza, and it was the worst thing ever. The crust was super thick and spongy, and it was topped with acidic tomato sauce and burnt broccoli. Plus it cost an arm and a leg. Gross.
- For the crust:
- 3 cups gluten free flour blend*
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1 Tablespoon yeast
- 1½ cup warm water
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- For the toppings:
- bottled pizza sauce
- dairy free Daiya cheese
- nitrate free pepperoni
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl, combine the yeast and ¾ cup warm water – just warm, not hot. Let set for 5 minutes to activate. Add the sugar after two minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine your gluten free flour blend, salt, garlic powder, baking powder and Italian seasoning. Give it a quick stir with a fork to combine.
- Using your hands, make a well in the dry ingredients and add the yeast mix. Add the olive oil, honey, and the rest of the warmed water (3/4 cups) and stir to combine.
- Lightly coat a round pizza pan with olive oil. Since we use an airbake pan** with holes, I put my dough on parchment paper first and flatten it out. I make a dough ball and work from the center to push the dough outwards, making a circle. The crust should be thin.
- Put the crust in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until it starts to look dry. The crust might crack a little bit, but that’s fine, gluten free dough is a little different. It’s going to taste awesome, and that’s what counts!
- Take it out of the oven and top it with tomato sauce, dairy free cheese, and nitrate free pepperoni. Put the pizza back in the oven for about 20 minutes until the cheese is all melty and delicious and the edges of the crust are golden.
- Let it cool for a few minutes so you don’t burn your tongue!
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