Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Julie's Gluten Free Pizza Crust

A WONDERFUL gluten free pizza crust recipe from Mennonite Girls Can Cook:


2 cups brown rice flour
1 cup tapioca starch
3/4 white bean flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/3 tsp. oregano
1 1/2 tbsp. xanthan gum
1 tsp. vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
2 eggs plus one egg white
1 3/4 cup warm water
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp active dry yeast


Add sugar and honey to warm water... sprinkle yeast over top and let sit until foamy.

Beat eggs, oil, vinegar in heavy duty mixing bowl; add proofed yeast.

Mix all dry ingredients together well -- then add to liquid in mixing bowl. Mix until blended , then turn mixer on high and beat for 4 minutes - you will see the consisency of the dough change. The dough will be sticky, but using a spatula turn it out onto a clean surface sprinkled with sweet rice flour (or tapioca starch) Using as little flour as possible knead the dough gently until you can handle it . It will be a very soft dough.

Using your hands form it into a pizza shape, making the edges higher and thicker. You can make individual pizzas or one big one. Place crust(s) on pans and let rise in warm place for about 45 minutes. When pizzas have risen, bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven, spread with pizza sauce and desired toppings and bake at 400 degrees for another 20 minutes. Note that this crust is casein free as well as gluten free.

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