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Thick Crust Family-Sized Pizza
SERVES: 5 - 8
TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes
- 2 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 pack (2 ½ teaspoons) GF yeast
- 2 ¼ cup brown rice flour
- 3/4 cup millet flour
- 1 ½ cup cornstarch (plus additional corn starch to prepare the baking dish)
- 1 cup tapioca starch
- 3/4 cup dry milk powder (for dairy free use Vance's DariFree)
- 3 teaspoons xanthan gum
- 3 Tablespoons GF flaxseed meal
- 2 1/2 teaspoons salt (plus additional sea salt for sprinkling on top)
- 4 Tablespoons olive oil (plus additional olive oil for sprinkling on top)
Pizza Toppings: Including olive oil, marinara sauce, mozzarella and/or Parmesan cheese, sliced tomatoes, pepperoni or whatever else you like to top your pizza with.
Proof the Yeast:
Fill a two-cup glass-measuring cup with ¼ cup water and warm to 110 degrees F. Add 1 teaspoon sugar, sprinkle the yeast on top and give it a quick stir. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. If it is working properly, you will get tannish foam on top of the liquid.
In the bowl of your mixer, whisk together the brown rice flour, millet flour, cornstarch, tapioca starch, dry milk powder, xanthan gum, GF flaxseed meal and salt until they become one consistent flour-like texture.
Add the remaining 2 cups warm water, olive oil and yeast mixture and mix on low until combined.
Press the dough into a 12 x 17 inch square rimmed baking sheet that has been lightly oiled and dusted with cornstarch. I have found it easiest to do this if you spray a spatula with some oil and then press the dough out with the spatula. Cover lightly with saran wrap that has been sprayed with oil and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and add desired toppings.
We start with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Then add a thin layer of marinara or pizza sauce. Spread with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and top with sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle with basil.
For the meat lovers, I add sliced pepperoni to half of the pizza.
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes at 400 degrees F.
Slice and enjoy.