Friday, December 31, 2010

Frugan: Oh that Gluten Free Pizza!

Caramelized Onion, Pear and 'Goat Cheese' Flatbread Pizza

I think Pizza is one of the meals that people avoiding gluten miss the most! I know I sure did, so I developed a simple recipe that is not only super tasty, but frugal as well. This dough is actually easier than traditional dough. There is no kneading and no mess. It is best to let the dough sit overnight in the fridge, but it can be used after rising for an hour if you really can't wait. I ask that the first time you make it, please let it sit overnight to develop a better texture and better flavor. 

I use Bob's All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Mix in this recipe. I have never tried it with another brand. This is available to me and if it ain't broke, don't fix it! I can't guarantee the same results with other flours or subs. If you try it with subs, I'd love it if you left me a comment letting me know what you did and how it worked out! 

GF Pizza Dough
  • 1.5 c warm water
  • 1 T yeast
  • 1 T sugar
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ c golden flax meal
  • ½ t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • ½ t rosemary
  • 2 c Bob’s All Purpose GF Baking Mix
  • ½ c cornmeal
  • 1 t chunky sea salt ( or ½ t fine ground )
  1. Bloom yeast in water and sugar for 5 minutes
  2. Add oil, vinegar, flax and spices. Whisk well
  3. Stir in flour, cornmeal and salt until very well incorporated. 
  4. Let rise for at least an hour or overnight
  5. Pre-heat oven to 425
  6. Sprinkle greased parchment paper with cornmeal,form into the shape you want then bake for 10 minutes
  7.  Flip dough, add toppings and bake for another 10 minutes 

See the whisk? This is the texture of the dough. It is not dough like, so don't be concerned by how runny it is.
After sitting overnight, it will be a little more dough like, but you will still need to spoon it on to the parchment and smooth it out with a spoon to get the desired shape.
Alternatively, you can spoon some out in a cast iron heated to medium and cook for 5 minutes on the first side and 2 minutes on the second side.

This week, I will have several of recipe for cultured nut and seeds cheese on the blog along with kicking up Operation Booty Shrink into high gear!

If you are looking for recipe for Black Eyed Peas and Greens, click HERE!

Have a wonderful and SAFE New Years Eve!!! I am so glad that all of you lovely people have been in my life over the past 4 years! 

Peace and Good luck and Eat Your PEAS and GREENS!!
Jorda says Happy New Year!


  1. That pizza sounds fabulous! I've never done any GF baking, but I think I'll try it come the new year! I'd love the recipe for the "goat cheeze" too!

    Happy New Year Melody, may 2011 bring you peace, love, and happiness.

  2. Happy New Years to you too, and your son and Jorda. She's gorgeous.

    Thank you so much for this recipe. All the ingredients are in my house so this might have to be a new year's treat for me!

  3. Happy New Year to you and your family! You make gluten-free pizza sound like a special treat! I'm thinking of trying it. I used to make a "batter" pizza dough that was so soft I never believed it would turn into a proper crust, but it did, and was great. I wish I had the recipe on hand, but yours looks like a good sub for it. Thanks!

  4. Happy New Years to you too!

    Quick Q - what is the vegan feta? Is it a marinated tofu? I've done that and loved it in salads but I think I'd miss the meltiness on a pizza...just wondering!

  5. Happy new year Melody - may you think up and share many more masterpieces with us! I'm always floored to see your mouth-watering pictures.

  6. Lovelyascharged, the pizza above doesn't have vegan feta, it has a cashew based goat cheese which I will be posting the recipe for in the next couple of days. I have several variations of vegan feta. I've used almonds, tofu and sunflower seeds in different preparations depending on what I'm using it for.

    The traditional pizza up there has a bit of Follow Your Heart Vegan Cheese that I had leftover from Christmas dinner. I don't usually buy vegan cheese!

  7. New Year's greetings! Can't wait to see what you cook up this year... and if these pizza's are a sign of things to come, it is sure to be delicious. That faux-goat cheese looks incredible!

  8. Aw happy new year to Jorda! That pizza looks so good! What did you use for the goat cheese?

  9. I want that pizza! YUM. I'm curious about the goat cheese too.
    Eco Mama

  10. I just made the pizza crust (and it was delish!) but after letting it rise for an hour it definitely was not runny... It was doughy and sticky. Any ideas why?

  11. Tate, I don't know. Did you use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix? My guess would be that if you used the exact ingredients I posted that maybe the batch of flour was different from the batch I used when I created the recipe?

    I'm glad it worked out!

  12. Oh man, awesome looking food!

    I have tried so many gluten-free pizza crusts you wouldn't believe it. But this one sounds like it would work really well. I will have to give it a go!

  13. I have made pizza twice using this dough. Very nice. Today I just made the crust for breadsticks, and it tastes a little sourdough. Yum! Much better than commercial g/f crusts.

  14. Hi,
    It looks like the fourth picture from the top (picture of pizza) is a picture of pizza made with a different crust. It's thicker looks less like a cracker. Does it just depend on how thick you spread it? Thanks!

  15. Oops, I think I put too much in the iron skillet. Super deep dish. Maybe I could split it up for a thinner crust. I just cooked it for in the skillet for twice as long. Yummy! My first gluten free pizza!