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Pizza Base

Updated February 23, 2016

There’ll be no stopping you once you’ve made your first gluten-free pizza dough. Pizza is universally appealing, a quick and easy lunch or supper dish, for which you can endlessly vary the toppings.

Makes4 pizzas

CostModerate

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Dietary Considerationgluten-free

Equipmentfood processor

Type of Dishpizza, yeast bread

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup (8 fl oz) lukewarm water
  • ½ oz dried active yeast
  • 1¼ cups (60g) rice flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ¾ cup (3oz) potato flour
  • ½ cup (2oz) tapioca flour
  • 3 tablespoons (1oz) dried milk
  • 1½ teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 egg, preferably free range

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the sugar in ¼ pint of the lukewarm water in a small bowl and stir in the dried yeast. Sit the bowl for a few minutes in a warm place to allow the yeast to start to work. After about 4-5 minutes it will have a creamy, slightly frothy appearance. Place the rice flour, potato flour, tapioca flour, dried milk, gluten-free baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt into the bowl of a food mixer. Using the paddle attachment, thoroughly mix the dry ingredients together. In a small bowl, whisk together the sunflower oil and egg and stir into the dry ingredients on a low speed.

  2. When the yeast mixture is ready, stir and pour with the remaining lukewarm water into the mixer bowl. Using the K-blade attachment on a low speed, mix the liquid through the contents of the bowl. Continue to mix for 3-4 minutes, until a smooth dough is produced.

  3. Transfer the dough to a rice-floured work surface. The dough will be slightly sticky, so it helps if you put a little rice flour on your hands too. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces, each weighing about 5 oz. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Transfer 1 piece of the dough to the baking sheet and, using the “heel” of your hand, flatten it to form a circle measuring 8in in diameter. Repeat with the remaining 3 pieces of dough.

  4. Cover the dough circles.with a clean dish towel and allow them to rise in a warm place for about 15 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  6. Transfer the baking sheets to the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes before removing and adding the toppings of your choice. Return the pizzas, with the toppings to the oven and bake for a further 10-15 minutes until the bases are crisp and the toppings are bubbly and golden.

  7. Serve immediately.

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