No family should be without pizza! But pizza for someone allergic to gluten, dairy and eggs - we'll that's a challenge! In an effort to provide "regular" foods for my family, I've worked up this very do-able pizza plan.
When I first began making this, I made it for the whole family, not just our allergic child. It pleased everyone, even hubby. But allergy friendly ingredients are generally more expensive. And it takes time and effort to make things from scratch. So now I make this recipe just for our daughter and order a take-out pizza for the rest of the fam. This does a few things for us, the best of which is that it allows me to make several personal size pizzas ahead of time and freeze them. Then when a pizza night strikes, the work is already done and pizza night once again feels like an easy meal. The pizza dough recipe will make 3 personal size pizzas (4 if you prefer a thin crust).
Pizza Dough: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Egg-Free
Step 1- In large bowl, whisk together flours, xanthan gum, salt, seasoning, yeast and sugar.
Step 2- Fill measuring cup with 1 cup warm water. Add to this oil and vinegar and pour into flour mixture.
Step 3 – Mix together, starting with a wooden spoon and then using your hands to incorporate everything. Knead long enough to mix smoothly. If the dough is too wet, add a little sorghum flour. If its too dry, add a little water.
Step 4 – If making personal pizzas, divide dough into 3 balls (or 4 balls for a thin crust). Roll out three 8-inch circles. I put the rolled-out dough circles right into a pie plate or on the removable bottom of my 8-inch round cake pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit while you prepare toppings. HINT: If your dough is sticky, place it on a piece of plastic wrap or a silicone baking mat. Pat it out with your hands to start flatening and forming the circle. Then place a second sheet of plastic wrap or baking mat on top of the dough. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough, then peel away your plastic wrap and plop the dough on your cooking surface.
Step 5 – Top uncooked pizza crusts with sauce, grated “mozzarella cheese” substitute (our favorite is Daiya vegan mozzarella style shreds and our second favorite is Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet mozzarella cheese substitute). Then add any toppings you like. We like olives, mushrooms, and sausage to name a few.
Step 6: Bake at 425 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. To freeze for later – Prepare pizza up to the point of baking, but DON'T COOK IT. Wrap tightly with aluminum foil or freezer paper, pressing down slightly on toppings so they don’t fall off. Set assembled wrapped pizzas in freezer. Don’t forget to label it! When ready to cook, take frozen pizza from freezer, unwrap and place in preheated 425 degree oven to bake for about 20 minutes.