Pizza is something that we always ate as a kid. We ate it after sports night, at friends parties, during the big football game, when mum couldn’t be bothered cooking- it was eaten frequently. And everyone else was the same too. So it was a given that everyone ate pizza. You could order it when you have people over, and usually they’d be happy to eat it too.
It wasn’t til recently our family was out for the yearly grand final football match party, and after the big game, our host ordered pizza for everyone as dinner. It hadn’t crossed her mind that pizza wasn’t eaten by all, or in our case, ‘couldn’t’ be eaten due to food allergies. In the end, I had to duck out to the shops so that my two kids and I could have something to eat. But it left me thinking about making a ‘good’ gluten free pizza, especially since my kids had never eaten one before.
I have had my fair share of pizza flops in the past. Trying to get gluten free flour to stay together to form a dough is almost impossible, or you get the flip side of that, and it is so sticky that you cant even get your hands onto it.
But now, I have found the best pizza base recipe EVER! It was a h-u-g-e success, and even my non-gluten free husband enjoyed it so much, that he said he’ll happily eat it again. Seriously the BEST GLUTEN FREE PIZZA EVER! And it even looked like pizza too! And do you know what the secret was, using bread mix as the base! Who would have thought!
So here’s how it was done:
BEST EVER GLUTEN FREE PIZZA BASE RECIPE!
1 x bag of SpringHill Farm- the real bread mix – original (yes, I used bread mix).
1 tbsp sugar
1.5 tsp salt
2 tsp dried yeast
450ml warm water (1/3 boiling, 2/3 cold tap water)
1/ Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined and smooth (I put mine in the bread maker on the ‘mix and rest’ setting).
2/ Cover with cling wrap and allow to rest in a warm place for 30 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
3/ Heat oven to 220c (428f) . (If you can, use the top and bottom oven elements together and place the pizza as low as possible in the oven. Or alternatively, place it in a really hot enclosed BBQ like I did).
4/ Oil your hands to prevent the dough sticking and then divide the dough in half.
5/ Grease 2 baking or pizza trays with oil and using your hands, gently press the dough around the tray/s.
6/ Spread tomato paste evenly onto the base/s and top with your favourite toppings (I made one Hawaiian and one capricciosa style).
7/ Cook for 20 minutes. Make sure the bottom is a bit crispy.
( NOTE: recipe and directions are an adaptation taken from SpringHill Farm).