Pizza is the perfect food. I will do just about anything for pizza. Or I should say, I used to do just about anything for pizza. Then bad things happened with my body and suddenly pizza is verboten. I’ve spent the last two years trying crust recipes, not liking them, playing with them, until finally I have one that works for me. I’m sharing in hopes that it might work for others as well.
DISCLAIMER: This is not a food blog. I don’t have pretty pictures of my process or finished product. What I do have is a recipe that works every time, doesn’t have a funny texture, and doesn’t taste like cardboard.
The secret to the recipe is flax seed meal. I know. It doesn’t make any sense. I read about flax seeds for several years, bought some, and then left them in my pantry because it didn’t make sense. But this stuff is really miraculous. You cannot skip this ingredient. The recipe does not work without it. So buy some flax seed, put it into a clean coffee grinder, and make yourself some flax meal. Grind in small amounts and store any leftovers in the freezer.
I’m using Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Flour for the crust, but I believe this recipe should work with any flour mix. If you have a blend that you like, try this recipe and let me know how it turned out.
Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Yeast-Free Pizza Crust
- 1 Tbsp. flax meal + 3 Tbsp. water
- 2 c. gluten-free all purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. gluten-free baking powder
- 2/3 c. water
- 1/4 c. olive oil
Put the flax meal in a tea cup with the water and let it soak for 5 minutes.
Mix the dry ingredients in a ceramic or plastic bowl. Add the wet ingredients and stir well.
Your mix should have the consistency of a batter, not a dough. Don’t panic! This is exactly how it should be.
Spread the mix into a stoneware baking pan (I used a Pampered Chef pan, but you can also get one at Amazon like this: Haeger Naturalstone Sheet Pan/jelly Roll 10.5″x15.75″x.87″). I’m assuming this would also work on a greased metal baking sheet, but I haven’t tested that. Let me know if you try it and how it works out.
Add your sauce and toppings.
Bake at 450 degrees F for 12 minutes.
Now that I have a pizza crust that is edible, I’m going to work on a basic cookie dough. Now that I’ve discovered the miracle of flax seeds, it shouldn’t take me another 2 years!