What is the one thing that I truly miss the most since going gluten free? Pizza! I love, love, love pizza! I decided to try some pizza last year about 3 months into my gluten free diet. You know, just in case my diagnosis was wrong. ;) Well, that was a mistake that I paid dearly for for 3 whole days! Won't be testing my diagnosis again after that. No siree! So what was I to do about pizza now?!? Before I tried that fateful piece of regular pizza, I had tried several GF pizzas and was left disappointed. I tried some from restaurants and some frozen pizzas. All the pizzas that I tried were, at best, okay and they were really expensive too. So for a while after that, I stopped trying to find a gluten free pizza. Then I decided to try Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix.
First of all, the price for the mix wasn't too much. It's a little over $3 at my store. Even after you factor in the cost for organic tomato sauce and organic mozzarella cheese, the price for making your own pizza with this mix is less than other pre-made gluten free pizzas. Also, the mix makes two pizzas and you are in control of how much sauce and cheese to put on the pizza. How great is that?!
The first time I made this mix, I made it exactly as the directions indicated. The mix makes a super sticky dough. So the directions say to wet your hands to push the dough into the pan. This did make it a lot easier to push the dough, but it was too much liquid in my opinion. When the pizza was done, we all loved the flavor of it but thought that the dough seemed a bit soggy, even when fully cooked. I used to make homemade pizza frequently before and I know how important the liquid to flour ratio is when making any kind of bread, so I immediately knew that it was the added water from working with the dough that was causing the sogginess.
The second time I made the mix, I made it according to the directions again, except for the water on the hands when working with the dough. This time, I added brown rice flour. First I sprinkled some flour onto a piece of wax paper on my counter and dumped the dough out onto it. Then I added more brown rice flour and used my hands to work the flour into the dough. How much four you add will depend on how carefully you measured your liquid or even how much humidity there is in the air when you are making your dough. I used about 1/2 cup of Bob's Red Mill Brown Rice Flour. You want enough dough to make the dough easier to work with and not sticky. But don't add so much flour that your dough is dry and falling to pieces. If you do add too much, add a few drops of water at a time and work that in. You want your dough to be able to patted into a smooth ball. Then let it rise according to the directions, which is only about 20 minutes. You'll need to use another sprinkle of flour when you roll out the dough too. Once you do that, your dough is ready to be made into pizza! I also adjusted the baking time. I found that once I added the extra flour and not the extra water, the dough only took about 1/2 the time to bake as the directions called for. I baked the dough for about 7 minutes until it started to lightly brown. Then I added the toppings and finished baking for another 7-8 minutes until the cheese was melted and bubbly and the crust was golden brown.
Once I made these modifications to the recipe, the pizza turned out wonderful! My family and I were so happy with the results! Now whenever we want pizza, I make some from this mix, with my modifications of course. We like to divide the dough into 4 pieces and let everyone make their own personal pizza. It makes for a fun supper and there is leftover pizza for the next day! I should add too that this pizza reheats well. I microwave the pizza for 30 seconds to a minute, depending on how much I am reheating. Heat it just until the pizza starts to bubble. Then put the pizza on a medium hot pan on the stove and finish heating until the crust is crispy. Or you could just eat it cold if you like cold pizza.
I definitely recommend Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix! It is a great way to be able to eat pizza again. And you don't have to overpay for it either. That is something that I really appreciate. Gluten free food can be a bit expensive so whenever I find something that isn't, I am a happy girl! So the next time you want GF pizza, try this mix! It is so easy to make, doesn't take too long to make, isn't too expensive, and taste great!
I would love to know what you think about it when you try it!
Rating: ♥♥♥♥ (out of 5 hearts)