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Pizza Week: Gluten-free pizza

Pizza Week: Gluten-free pizza

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

For the dough

2 tablespoons hot water

1 tablespoon flax seed meal

4 cups gluten-free flour blend

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

4 teaspoons dry yeast

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, more as needed

2 tablespoons Cornmeal, for dusting

For the pizza

2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced paper-thin

1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise

1/3 cup roughly chopped olives (Kalamata work best)

1/2 pound regular or buffalo mozzarella, sliced

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Crushed red chili flakes to taste

Method of Preparation

For the dough

1. Pour two tablespoons boiling-hot water over flax seed. Whisk quickly until you have a thick paste. Let cool.

2. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the flour and salt.

3. In a separate small bowl, gently stir together the yeast and olive oil with ½ cup warm water. Let it rest a few minutes to activate the yeast.

4. Add the flax seed to the flour and salt mixture and mix for 10 seconds. Pour the yeast-oil-water mixture into the dry ingredients. With the mixer on medium, mix for about two minutes, until the dough comes together into a soft ball around the paddle and feels soft and pliable. If the dough feels too dry, add a warm water in small amounts until the dough feels soft and pliable. Let the dough rise in a warm place for one hour.

For the pizza

1. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 400 degrees, with a rack in the upper third. If you have a pizza stone, put it on the rack and let it heat. If not, sprinkle a pizza tray or baking sheet with gluten-free cornmeal.

2. Divide the dough in half. Roll out each piece between two pieces of parchment paper into ¼-inch thick rounds. (Put one in the refrigerator while baking the first). Remove the top parchment layer, and gently flip the dough onto the pizza stone or baking tray. Remove the other piece of parchment paper. Crimp the edge if you like. Brush the top with olive oil.

3. Bake until the dough has started to crisp up and brown at the edges, 8-10 minutes.

4. Remove the crust from the oven and add half the garlic slices, grape tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, Parmesan and chili flakes. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for about eight minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Drizzle with more oil if desired.

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