Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pizza Varieties

We've been experimenting with pizza lately and have found a crust recipe that we enjoy.

For the crust we adapted a recipe out of the Allergen Free Baker's Handbook.

Crust
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 packet rapid rise yeast
1 T olive oil
3 cups bread flour blend (1 1/2 cups millet flour, 1 1/2 cups sorghum flour, 2 cups tapioca flour, 1 cup potato starch)
1/2 cup millet flour
3 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt

Combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast and let proof.  Combine the dry ingredients.  Add the olive oil and the dry ingredients to the yeast mixture and mix in mixer on low speed for several minutes until dough comes together.  Turn out dough onto pizza pan and let rest.  Roll out dough and brush with a little additional olive oil and then sprinkle with garlic salt.  Let rise covered with plastic wrap for 1 1/2 hours.  Top with desired sauce and toppings and bake at 425 for 12 minutes.

The kids have 3 favorite pizzas so far:  breakfast pizza, pepperoni, and BBQ chicken.  And we have a dessert pizza too.........

Breakfast pizza has a gravy cream sauce with sausage and hashbrowns.   Mom and Dad's side has bell peppers and onion too.
I make my gravy recipe but add a little extra flour when I'm making the roux.  I allow it to get really thick while I'm stirring.  After I have spread the gravy on the pizza dough I add cooked and crumbled sausage and fried potatoes.  We dice our potatoes and cook them in olive oil on medium high heat.  We take them out and put them in a strainer lined with paper towels where we sprinkle them with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic salt.  We add the sausage and hashbrowns and then add diced onion and bell pepper to our pizza.

Pepperoni pizza has a cream sauce with diced pepperoni.
I make the cream sauce recipe, adding in some garlic powder.  We used this brand pepperoni because it is free of nitrates.  I'm also going to be searching for turkey pepperoni that is nitrate free but I haven't seen any yet.  At first Curly refused to eat this pizza because she sincerely believed it contained cheese.  Nope, none.  But the creamy sauce with the pepperoni was the closest we have come to a "real" pizza in a long time!  This pizza would also be good with a red sauce........if Tiger and Curly would eat red sauce......

BBQ Chicken pizza is my favorite and has Prince Charming's BBQ sauce and grilled chicken with red onion and green peppers.
We use this BBQ sauce on the pizza and Prince Charming grills chicken, basting it with this sauce.  He dices the chicken and then we pile it on our pizza with extra red onion (for me) and green peppers (for him).  The kids love this BBQ pizza, and although the toppings don't stay on well without the cheese, it's still a hit.

Dessert pizza is cinnamon sticks with glaze.
I use 1/4 Earth Balance and soften it.  I spread it over the dough and sprinkle a cinnamon sugar mixture on top-1/3 cup brown sugar, packed and 2 teaspoons cinnamon.  We bake it at 425 for about 12 minutes and then drizzle on the glaze.  For the glaze combine 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 1/2 Tablespoons rice milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 1/2 teaspoons Earth Balance soy free, melted.  Whisk together and pour over the warm pizza.  I make this pizza in a jelly roll pan and we cut it into strips for our cinnamon sticks. 

Enjoy the experiments!

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