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Gluten Free Ratio Rally-Pizza

by Karen on October 5th, 2011

In our house pizza is a necessity.

I keep at least one extra crust in the freezer at all times which means a simple pizza can be ready in about 15 minutes.  We have tried many gluten free pizza crusts over the years and while this one still doesn’t taste exactly like a wheat-made crust, it is hands down the best gluten free pizza crust I have ever tasted, though new ideas are always appreciated…….

Gluten Free Ratio Rally Host

This month I am the host for the Gluten Free Ratio Rally which is a group of gluten free bloggers that tease out new recipes for a monthly topic–this month it is pizza. We start with a ratio based on those in Michael Ruhlman’s book Ratio which is for wheat-based baking. Gluten free baking is quite different and with so many available gluten free flours, our ratios can vary a bit but as you look at the recipes you can pick those using your favorite gluten free flours.

The idea is that there is an ideal ratio of flour to liquid to fat and if you know that ratio then you can increase or decrease depending on the quantity you want to make. Restaurants always use ratios in their master recipes.

Ruhlman’s ratio for pizza is a 5:3  flour:water ratio (plus a small amount of fat).

Take some time to look through the blog  links at the end of this post. We have quite an eclectic group of bloggers, you will undoubtedly find at least one recipe that you will want to try.

Pizza Memories

Life Magazine ad for Chef Boyardee

When I was a kid my dad liked to make pizza with the Chef Boyardee kit.  He adapted it a bit and we looked forward to pizza night.  I am sure it is now loaded with sodium and of course off limits to our gluten free household but back then it was fun to see my dad in the kitchen on the weekends—his other kitchen talent involved apple pie from scratch which is absolutely awesome, we loved to follow him into the kitchen !

Pizza was such a special treat. We RARELY went out to dinner as was probably the case for most families in the 70s and ordering pizza to be delivered was certainly not on my radar screen if it was even available.   Homemade pizza, even if it started with the kit, was a treat for us.

In a funny roundabout way the same is true in my household today because we have yet to find a really good gluten free pizza crust anywhere else in Seattle.  There is one place that is well on its’ way to a successful GF pizza crust, it’s called Veraci in Ballard.  The few times I have been there they have had a hard time getting it just right because their cooks are accustomed to cooking directly on the hot stone and to ensure our crust is GF we ask them to cook ours on a pizza pan —so we are kind of messing with their system of success. Many customers request their gluten free pizza cooked directly on the hot stone but then the pizza is subject to possible contact with wheat flour. I recently suggested that they partially bake the crust on a pan, remove it from the oven,  top it, then bake it until done—I haven’t been in there lately so hopefully that worked for them because they have pretty fantastic pizza. Their sauce is awesome as well as their toppings. They just need to tweak the GF crust a bit more.

My ratio turned out to be:  5:4     flour/dry milk powder : water/egg whites

but I did not use all of the water called for in the recipe and I usually only need between 235-250 g  or  about 1 cup of water  so that really puts my ratio at  5: 3.5 so that is close to Ruhlman’s.  The reason for specifying  275 g. water is it helps to heat the water to 105-115° all at once whether you will use it or not depends upon humidity, how much moisture is in your flour (especially if you don’t keep it tightly sealed) etc.  but you don’t really know how much moisture is in your flour until you begin to add the wet ingredients to the dry.  Add the water gradually to your dry ingredients so you can watch the consistency and insure the dough doesn’t get too wet–that would spell disaster!!

Dry milk powder and egg whites add in some needed protein–if I knew more about the science of it all I would tell you all about it.  Erin Swing will likely fill you in if you look at her post as that is her specialty.

The toppings below are my take on a local specialty pizza shop version of what they call the GASP! – the amount of garlic they use takes your breath away but mine is more tempered.  GASP also stands for Garlic, Artichoke Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto.  If I am pairing pizza with wine I will omit the artichoke ( because it causes a bad wine match) and will add a green pepper for the sweetness it imparts.  Here is the pizza we made this weekend which is not the GASP.

Green pepper, sausage, salami, sun-dried tomato and mozzarella with parmesan

A good Italian Sangiovese always works with pizza.

When I made pizza this weekend there was time to let it rise for about 30 minutes before pre-baking the crust, this is what that rise time produces:

Prebaked pizza crust with a 30-minute rise

 

 

Link to pizza crust recipe by Karen Robertson

 

I look forward to your comments.  Follow these links to other great ideas…….

Gluten Free Ratio Rally pizza participants:

Jenn of Jenn Cuisine made Moitié-Moitié Sausage Pizza
Meg of Gluten-Free Boulangerie made Pissaladière (Provençal flatbread w/ olives & anchovies)
TR of No One Likes Crumbley Cookies made Teriyaki Chicken Pizza
Erin of The Sensitive Epicure made Stuffed Pizza Pie: Spinach, Mushrooms, Sausage
Charissa of Zest Bakery made sauteed onion and sausage grilled pizza with basil
Pete and Kelli of No Gluten, No Problem made Grilled Pizza
Mrs. R of Honey From Flinty Rocks made Pepperoni Pizza & Pineapple, Black Olive & Ham Pizza
Caneel of Mama Me Gluten Free made Pizza crust by ratio (choose your toppings)
Morri of Meals With Morri made Everything Peace Pretzels & Pizza Blanca
Meredith of Gluten Free Betty made Pizza
Gretchen of Kumquat made  Mozzarella Pizza with Pine Nuts, Currants & Arugula
Claire of Gluten Freedom made Fajita Pizza with Cilantro Pesto Sauce
Jean of GF Doctor Recipes made Pizza
Brooke of B & the Boy made Dessert Pizza
Karen of Cooking Gluten-Free! made GASP! Garlic, Artichoke,Sun-Dried Tomato, Pesto Pizza
Lisa of Gluten Free Canteen made Rum Raisin Apple Pizza Pie, Gluten Free Dairy Free

16 Comments
  1. Mmmmm, this crust looks really good! And I love the GASP combination. Oh yum! Thank you for hosting us this month! :)

  2. Oh, meant to mention that I also have fond homemade pizza memories every weekend growing up. I loved reading yours. Thank you for that.

  3. That looks a lot like what my grand father used to make! Will definitely give it a try!

  4. Thanks so much for hosting, Karen! It was the perfect choice for this month’s theme – and beautiful looking pizzas!

  5. Oh gosh. That looks like regular, pizza eatery pizza. Thanks so much for hosting!

  6. Aryn permalink

    I still love your quinoa crust pizza from your cookbook! I like a nice thick crust and it delivers!

  7. I had to laugh, Karen, when I read about the Chef Boyardee pizza kits. Josh (who can eat gluten) tells stories of making pizza with his dad when he was a kid, always using those kits. Every once in a blue moon, he’ll buy one again, just to recreate that taste that so clearly says “Dad” to him. I always (lovingly) make fun of him for liking it. But I think if you grew up eating it with your father, it apparently forever has a soft spot in your heart! ;) Your pizza looks fantastic, by the way!

  8. Oh my… these look so fab, Karen! Thank you for hosting the GFRR this month. It’s always a treat to visit your side of gluten-free cyber space.

    Out of curiosity, do you know what Veraci puts in their gf crust?

    Best,
    Morri

  9. I love all things pesto so I certainly love your GASP combo! Looks like melted cheesy goodness to me!

  10. Karen permalink

    it is a special mix they order from Europe….

  11. Karen permalink

    I am curious though if he thinks it still tastes the same or if they have changed it?

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