Gluten Free New York-Style Pizza with a Thick or Thin Crust
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I have been pretty happy with my gluten free grilled pizza as a decent substitute for the lack of gluten, until now. This latest masterpiece (yes, I’ll toot my own horn here), is amazing! It has an artisan bread texture and creates the traditional cracks on the bottom of the crust, just like New York-style pizza. Grilling or using a pizza stone (if not both) is ideal for creating a gluten-like texture, which gives off a gluten-like flavor. I have been waiting to have a light bulb moment, and I finally did.
I know some people who have celiac disease that cannot eat oats. I can eat them. To me, oat flour makes the best yeast-based recipes as well as others. However, I like to think of everyone, and don’t use it too often. However, nowadays, so many celiacs cannot withstand too much rice flour either as it is very binding. That’s not good for your digestive tract either. So, at least for my personal pleasure, I thought I would give oat flour a try in a pizza crust recipe; and I am so pleased with the results!
If you are oat intolerant, use sorghum flour instead and add a bit more fat (butter or shortening).
If you’re not up to making pizza, and you have a pizza stone, you have to try this as a flat bread recipe. You’ll be oohing and awing forever.
Note: This recipe is from my upcoming cookbook, Carla’s Best 125 Gluten-Free Recipes.
UPDATE Nov. 8, 2016: I’ve learned a couple of things when remaking this gluten free New York-Style Pizza. I made two 10-inch pizzas from this dough (10-inch pizza’s turn out thicker than two 12-inch). I basted one with the eggwash on the raw dough (salami & pesto). On the Hawaiian pizza, I basted it with egg wash after it was parbaked for 5 minutes. Then I placed the Hawaiian under the broiler (don’t do that, unless you like dry french bread style crust, which will soften up the next day when you microwave leftovers). Meanwhile, what I learned was that if you baste the raw dough with the eggwash, it makes the edges not only softer but much more flavorful. It’s so good that my husband enjoyed my pesto pizza much better than his Hawaiian that he’s loved for decades.And he’s a gluten-eater!
Watch the videohere to see the texture of the crust.
1 cup warmed milk of choice, or as needed, heated to 110 - 115°F
1/4 cup melted and cooled unsalted butter*
2 large eggs**, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
For the Egg Wash:
1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
1 Tablespoon melted butter, cooled
1/2 teaspoon water
Gluten-free cornmeal, for dusting
Oil, for basting
In a large bowl, whisk together rice flour, oat flour, potato starch, cornstarch, xanthan gum, and salt; set aside.
Add yeast and agave syrup to warm milk and stir. Set aside for at least 5 minutes, or until foamy on top.
Add 1/4 cup melted butter, 2 eggs, yeast mixture, and vinegar to the bowl of your mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium-low speed just long enough to combine.
Add the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until all of the dry ingredients become moist. Increase the speed to high and beat for 4 minutes.
Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, cover with a moistened tea/dish towel and allow to rise in a warm/80°F environment for about 50 minutes or until the dough becomes cracked on top.
While the dough is rising, in a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the egg wash (egg yolk, melted butter, and water); set aside.
Thirty minutes into the rise cycle, preheat the oven to 500°F with a pizza stone*** on the bottom shelf.
Divide the dough in half and sprinkle two 12 x 12-inch sheets of aluminum foil with cornmeal (parchment paper may be flammable at this temperature). Sprinkle dough with rice flour, as needed to prevent sticking, and pat out between 10 and 12-inch circles (depending upon how thick you like you crust).
Baste the entire inside of the dough with oil and the edges with egg wash.
For a thick crust:
Using a pizza spatula/peel**** or the back of a baking sheet, transfer the dough, along with the foil, to the preheated stone. Bake for 5 minutes on the bottom shelf.
If you prefer very tender vegetables as a topping, sauté them in some oil; set them aside.
Remove the crust from the oven and top with your desired sauce and toppings. Half of any cheese should be added on top of the sauce and the other half should go on top of other toppings.
Return the pizza to the oven, directly on the pizza stone, without foil. Bake for an additional 5 - 6 minutes or until edges are light brown and the bottom of the crust is slightly crispy, if desired.
For a Thin Crust:
Add the sauce, half any cheese, toppings, the other half of any cheese; bake immediately as directed above for at least 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
For Both Thin or Thick Crust:
Using either method, remove the pizza from the oven. Allow to cool 4 minutes before slicing and serving. To freeze cooked pizza, slice and place on a parchment-lined or baking mat-lined baking sheet and freeze solid. Once frozen, store in resealable freezer bags. To reheat, bring to room temperature and bake at 350°F until heated through. If consuming within three days, wrap in foil and place in a zipper-storage bag.; then refrigerate.
Add any of your favorite herbs or seasoning into the dry ingredients. if you do not prefer a plain bread taste.
*Dairy-Free Butter Substitution: Try using 25% full-fat coconut milk with 75% hydrogenated palm oil or coconut oil.
**Egg-Free Substitution: Replace the eggs with 1/4 cup liquid from a can of cannellini beans and 2 tablespoons additional fat (butter or dairy-free substitute.)
***If you do not own a pizza stone, preheat a baking sheet upside down. Be sure that it is made to withstand 500°F temperatures.
****To substitute a pizza peel, use a non-rimmed baking sheet. To remove it from the oven, you can try using two spatulas to transfer it to the baking sheet.
If your pizza is too hot to eat, but you just can’t wait, fold a slice in half to prevent burning the roof of your mouth. That is the way New Yorkers eat their pizza.
If the dough ever becomes too sticky, dust it with some starch (potato or corn).