The Best Gluten Free Pizza Crust

The commissary at West Point sells King Arthur GF flour for way less money than the regular grocery store, so my fiancé bought me about 6 boxes of it. Whereas I usually buy Bob’s Red Mill pizza crust mix, I decided to use the King Arthur recipe since I had so much flour on hand. The result: I will never go back to a mix again. The downfall of this recipe is that there is a lot of sitting around waiting for it to rise. However, it is the best GF pizza crust I have ever had. I actually got up to make sure I wasn’t eating my fiancé’s pizza by accident! I topped mine with eggplant, mushroom, and pepperoni.

P.S. I have no idea why I was drinking wine out of a small jar that night. We have plenty of wine glasses.

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  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flouror brown rice flour blend*
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk powder or nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (for dough)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (for pan)

 

1) Place the dry ingredients (except the yeast) into a large mixing bowl; the bowl of your stand mixer is perfect. Mix until thoroughly blended.

2) Place the warm water, olive oil, yeast, and about 1/2 cup of the dry mixture into a small bowl. Stir to combine; a few lumps are OK. Set aside for 30 minutes or so, until the mixture is bubbly and smells yeasty.

3) Add this mixture to the dry ingredients, and beat on medium-high speed for 4 minutes. The mixture will be thick and sticky; if you’ve ever applied spackling compound to a wall, that’s exactly what it’ll look and feel like. Note: you must use a stand mixer or electric hand mixer to make this dough; mixing by hand doesn’t do a thorough enough job.

4) Cover the bowl, and let the dough rest for 30 minutes or so.

5) Preheat the oven to 425°F.

6) Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil onto the center of a baking sheet or 12″ round pizza pan. Scrape the dough from the bowl onto the puddle of oil.

7) Using your wet fingers, start at the center of the dough and work outwards, pressing it into a 12″ to 14″ circle.

8) Let the dough rest, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

9) Bake the crust for 8 to 10 minutes, just until it’s set; the surface will look opaque, rather than shiny.

10) Remove from the oven and top with whatever you like. Return to the oven to finish baking, about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the toppings you’ve chosen.

11) Remove from the oven, and serve warm.

Yield: one 12″ to 14″ pizza.

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