There are certain times that you actually want to follow a recipe - especially if it involves any kind of baking. I have not made any homemade pizza since I went gluten free in January. This month, I decided that it was time to venture into the complicated world of gluten free flour.
My Mom is also eating wheat-free and has already taught herself to make GF sandwich bread. She mentioned that the ingredient "xanthum gum" was important to hold the dough together. In my typical nature... I ignored Mom's baking lesson and thought that I could somehow make it work without the all-important binding ingredient. According to About.com, xanthum gum is a corn-based fermented product that is used to thicken and emulsify the dough.
The search began for gluten free pizza crusts that could be made without xanthum. I came across the Ginger Lemon Girl website and found a Gluten Free and Vegan Pizza Crust that did not include xanthum. My worries were over. Wrong.
I didn't really follow the recipe and used it more as a guideline. Eagerly I began pouring ingredients into the bowl. Buckwheat Flour... Yeast... Egg (yep, not Vegan)... Rice Flour... Water... Oil... Salt. As instructed in the recipe, I covered the bowl with a towel to let the dough rise.
Much to my surprise... I returned 45 minutes later to find FLAT dough. Hmm, perhaps it will stretch across the pizza pan any way. Wrong again. The dough mostly stuck to my fingers. Something needed to be done to save our dinner!
Honestly, I can't remember what I did to make the dough less tacky. Not that it matters, because no one should ever follow my poor attempt at creating a pizza crust. Somehow I was able to get the dough to spread across the pan. I baked it at 425 for 10 minutes and then added our sauce and toppings. Then I baked it for another 10 minutes.
It shouldn't be a surprise that the crust tasted like FLOUR. Regardless, I was happy to save the $20 by not ordering a gluten free pizza from Domino's (which isn't guaranteed to be 100% gluten free). After having a reaction to one of their pizza's... I knew it was time to start making my own. If you would like more information about the GF crust at Domino's, see the links below for your reference.
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- Tasty Eats at Home: The (Not So) Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Dilemma - A very well written opinion and statement about gluten free crust in chain restaurants.
- Article written by, Alessio Fasano, M.D. - Another well written statement about Domino's crust and a warning to all who suffer from Celiac or Wheat Intolerance.
- Domino's Gluten-Free Crust FAQ's - Educate yourself on this before ordering. After experiencing a reaction, I always specify to "keep the crust away from other flour".
- Ginger Lemon Girl: Seriously Easy Gluten Free and Vegan Pizza Crust - I do plan to actually follow this recipe next time. It's a huge time saver!
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