If you follow a gluten-free diet, then one of the challenges you’ve probably faced is avoiding pizza due to the gluten content in the crust. While cauliflower crusts are delicious and a great workaround, nothing quite beats traditional pizza dough. Thanks to this gluten-free pizza crust recipe, however, you can still enjoy pizza the way you used to without depending on veggie-based crusts.
One of the hardest aspects of making a gluten-free pizza dough is to make one that’s got the right texture. While many gluten-free pizza crust recipes look pretty from the outside and are pretty much indistinguishable from a regular pizza crust, the texture is usually off.
A gluten-free crust needs more time to bake in the oven to get that perfectly crisp exterior and fluffy interior that we associate with perfect pizza crust. To make this sort of irresistible gluten-free pizza base, you need to par-bake the crust before adding any toppings.
While par-baking pizza crust may not be necessary with traditional pizza dough, it definitely makes a difference with gluten-free pizza dough. The dough just needs that extra time to bake to become crispy on the bottom.
You can use any kind of gluten-free flour that you want; we love using a gluten-free all-purpose blend for ease and convenience. After all, pizza is meant to be easy. Any effort or creativity on your part should be reserved for choosing all the yummy toppings you want on your pizza!
Cook time: 30 minutes
Prep time: 10 minutes
Idle time: 40 minutes
- 1 cup warm water about 110°F
- 1 tbsp sugar or honey
- 1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
- 1 1/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp psyllium husk powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Add the water, sugar, and yeast to a glass measuring cup. Give it a whisk to combine. Let the mixture rest for about 5 minutes for the yeast to proof.
- In the meanwhile, stir the flour, baking powder, salt, and psyllium husk powder together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Use the paddle attachment to mix everything on medium-low speed.
- As your dry ingredients are mixing, slowly stream in the yeast mixture, then the oil. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat for a few minutes.
- Grease a spatula and use it to remove any dough from the sides of the mixing bowl and to lump the dough together into a compact ball shape. Cover the bowl with a sheet of plastic wrap and let the dough rise for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grease a round pizza pan, then using greased hands, press the dough into the pan, spreading it out to 12 inches in diameter. Let the dough rise for 10 minutes.
- Bake the pizza dough for 15 minutes. Remove the dough from the oven and add your desired toppings. Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, depending on which toppings you chose.
Recipe adapted from meaningfuleats.com