Who doesn’t love a good slice of pizza? It’s thin crispy crust and the yummy cheese is so addictive. But if you are on a gluten free diet or have gluten intolerance finding a pizzeria that makes gluten free pizza is not that easy. I made this pizza just for you to enjoy !
We all are under the impression that making pizza at home is not that easy. Let me tell you this, by the time you order and it gets delivered to your door you will be able to make a pizza from scratch. Hard to believe right ?
This recipe is so simple and easy you can make it in minutes, if you have all the right ingredients.
Best thing about any good pizza is the crust. It is very easy to pile up the cheese and the toppings but getting the crust to be crispy is a challenge especially if you are making it with gluten free flour. After many trials and errors I finally got it right and I’m happy to share it with you all.
Let’s make the crust.
- Gluten free flour – 21/2 cups
- Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
- Kosher Salt – 1 teaspoon
- Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
- Warm water – 1 cup
- Active yeast – 1 pack or 2 1/4 teaspoon
- Sugar – 1 teaspoon
Different ways to make the crust
Milk is very important in this recipe. I have used the gluten free flour which has milk powder in it.
If you are using a gluten free mix without the milk powder then you must use a cup of warm milk to dissolve the yeast instead of water.
*Make sure the milk is nicely warmed up but not hot (Luke warm is not enough) otherwise the yeast won’t activate nicely.
If you don’t want to use milk, coconut milk is a good substitute.
If you don’t want to use active yeast, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda instead of yeast.
Instead of olive oil you can use melted butter. It gives the crust a beautiful golden brown color.
I sometimes mix a teaspoon of dried oregano and a teaspoon of Parmesan cheese with the flour. The crust came out so flavorful.
I’m showing you the traditional way of making the crust. Put your touch and make it your own.
The yeast activates and foams up with lots of tiny bubbles on the top.
Mix the baking powder with the gluten free flour sift it nicely and add it to the yeast
Add the salt and olive oil and knead the dough into a round ball.
Cover it with the kitchen towel and let it rest for couple of minutes.
In the meantime let’s get everything ready for the toppings …
- Tomato – Basil sauce – 1 cup
- Extra Virgin olive oil – 2 table spoons
- Grated cheese blend – mozzarella, provolone, Romano and Parmesan
- Dried Oregano – 1 teaspoon
- Sliced Onion
- Sliced green bell pepper
- Jalapeño pepper – deseeded and sliced into thin rings
- Pineapple chunks
Prepare the pans or trays cover it with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Put a layer of parchment paper, helps you get the pizza out easily.
Pre heat your oven at 450*F for 10 minutes, make sure your oven is very clean before you do so.
- The dough has doubled in size and so soft to the touch.
- Punch to get the air out and Knead it again.
- Dust the board with some flour
- Roll the dough into a thin sheet.
- You can also spread the dough with your fingers coated with olive oil.
Let me tell you an easy way to transfer the dough on to the tray.
- Roll the dough loosely on to the rolling pin
- Then unroll it carefully on the tray
- Trim off the extra dough from the sides.
How easy is that!
I personally like thin crust pizza.
You can make the crust little thick but make sure you pre bake the crust for 10 to 15 minutes before adding the toppings otherwise the crust won’t get crispy.
Let’s assemble the pizza. My kids want the cheese pizza first
Put a thin layer of the tomato sauce. I have used organic Tomato basil sauce, you can also use pizza sauce or marinara sauce.
Sprinkle a generous amount of cheese on top. I have used this Italian blend which is so yummy. You can use any cheese of your choice.
Make sure the oven is nice and hot, put the tray in and bake it for 15 minutes at 450*F until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is nicely melted.
Once it’s done sprinkle some oregano and cut the slices.
Pizza with toppings
- Prepare the crust
- Brush it with olive oil
- Put a thin layer of sauce
- Leave a 1/2 inch border so that the toppings stay inside while it bakes.
- Sprinkle the cheese
- Add the toppings of your choice
- Remember to pre heat the oven
- Bake at 450*F for 20 minutes
These toppings are my favorites..
can’t wait to dig in …
The onions and bell pepper still have a crunch , it’s crispy, cheesy and spicy
The salty parmesan goes very well with the sweet pineapple.
It is absolutely delicious!!
Making a pizza is not that hard, I didn’t use any special oven, pizza pan or a stone. As a matter of fact I baked this in my table top oven.
No yeast crust
If you want to make this with regular All purpose flour or Cake flour .. here is the ratio
- Flour – 21/2 cups
- Baking powder – 2 teaspoons
- Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon
- Salt – 1 teaspoon
- Sugar – 1 teaspoon
- Melted butter – 2 tablespoons
- Milk – 1 cup
Make it into a dough and let it rest for 20 minutes and make the crust. Add the tomato sauce, cheese and any toppings you want. Bake it for 20 minutes at 450* F. I made one with different colored bell peppers. It came out awesome.
This tastes as good as the one from the pizza shop.
If you want your pizza to have that gourmet taste, just make sure you use the best ingredients.
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