Monday, November 17, 2014

Gluten Free Pizza

   

     In our last post, I introduced you to our good friends, the Blauch family. As you may have read, their pizza dough recipe is delicious and completely do-able. I had also mentioned that the Blauch Momma, Debbie, also has a gluten-free recipe. She has graciously sent me step by step instructions (pictures too!) to post here. Her son, Benjamin, has been friends with my son Harrison since they have been about eight years old. Now sixteen (Harrison will be 16 on Dec. 4th), the guys remain great friends. As a matter of fact, Harrison had pizza with the Blauch family this last Friday evening! Since today is pizza Monday for the Wand family, my son Samuel and I are actually getting ready to make Philly cheese-steak calzones with our pizza dough as soon as I finish this post.  
    When Benjamin had to begin eating gluten-free, his mother, Debbie, had to make several adjustments as she researched and experimented with new recipes. Benjamin had become part of a growing group of folks in our small church who had to go gluten-free. At every church function where food is involved, the familiar yellow labels of "gluten-free" are strategically placed in front of some pretty fabulous looking dishes. Even our Communion services have a "gluten-free" plate. Debbie has worked diligently and successfully to provide Benjamin comparable dishes to keep him from feeling deprived of some of the good stuff we all love!


Benjamin Blauch and my son, Harrison at last year's NHS (National Honor Society) "Mystery Masquerade Party" (yes, my son has purple hair here- which he thoroughly enjoyed).


Jacob Blauch, Harrison, and Benjamin heading back after a well-played soccer match. The team (Wildcats) play as a part of our LCHEA (Lowcountry Christian Homeschool Education Association) group.


Ingredients for 1 pizza (Total preparation/rising time for dough is about an hour)

Crust bakes at 375 degrees:
2 teaspoons yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour (Debbie purchases "Jules" 5 pound bags Online)
1 tablespoon oil
parchment paper
gluten-free pizza toppings of your choice



Combine 2 teaspoons yeast and 1/2 cup warm water into a bowl. Stir together, cover, and let rest for 5 minutes.




        

Add 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 Tbsp sugar, and 1/2 cup gluten free all purpose flour. Stir together, cover, and let rest for 10 minutes.







Add 1/2 Tbsp oil and remaining 1/2 cup gluten free all purpose flour (may need to add a little extra).
Stir together until loose dough forms. Work with hands. Dough should 
feel loose and just a little sticky. Do not make a firm ball because it 
will be too hard to work with when you want to roll it out into a 
crust.  It should stick together but not feel firm.









Coat dough with 1/2 tablespoon oil. Let rest in a warm place for 30-40 minutes. It will rise slightly,but not like a wheat flour dough.  



Place parchment paper on a pizza pan or cookie sheet. Roll out dough onto parchment paper.
After dough has risen, preheat oven to 375 degrees while you roll out dough and put on toppings.



Top with favorite gluten-free sauce, cheese, and any other toppings you would enjoy.




Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Benjamin likes the cheese to bake to a dark orange color.  That is when they know his pizza is done!


She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands,
She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household.....

Proverbs 31:13-15

~Jennifer and Debbie