Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust

Friday night was pizza night.  My son's been enjoying helping me in the kitchen lately, so I picked up a Bob's Red Mill Pizza baking mix and decided to bake one together.  The dough comes together quite quickly, although it thickens up and can be difficult for a mixer with a small motor to beat through.  The dough needs to stand for 20 minutes before being pushed into place on a baking sheet.  It makes one large pizza or two small ones.

What makes this dough feel different from regular pizza dough is that it's less elastic, but much stickier.  You have to use wet hands to push it into place on the baking sheet, which feels strange if you're used to working with regular dough.  It then needs to be baked for a few minutes before taking it out of the oven and putting the pizza toppings on.  It kind of has the consistency of a flat bread when it comes out of the oven.

We went for the classic mushroom and pepperoni pizza, with goat's milk mozzarella.  My son loved placing each slice of pepperoni into the sauce, and scattering the cheese over the top.  Then it goes back into the oven for 15-17 minutes until everything is hot and bubbly!

The finished crust is not quite a thin crust, but isn't as thick and springy as a thick one.  It's perhaps a little bit sweeter than a typical pizza, but the flavour doesn't distract from the toppings the way some take-out pizzas do.

The true test was the fact that my son ate 2 slices before my husband or I even began to eat!  The pizza was really good, especially hot out of the oven.

  Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave, but the texture of the crust doesn't respond all that well.  I would recommend reheating leftovers in a regular oven or a toaster oven to maintain the crispness of the crust.  That's true of all pizzas though. 

I've tried a few different gluten free pizza crusts in the past, and this one is my favourite so far.  It's not as convenient as a frozen, pre-made dough, but the final product is superior to any other I've tried at home.  I have the feeling that pizza night might be making a comeback in our house!

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