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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Gluten Free Pizza Dough

Oh my goodness!! Trying to find a decent GF pizza dough that isn't full of corn or soy flour is ridiculous! Peaches and I have tried so many different kinds that I think we are sick of pizza right now.. BUT, I just happened to make one up the other day.. and it was pretty good! So good that she took some dough to a mutual event where they were making pizzas so that the other GF people could have some pizza too. AND THEY LIKED IT!!!!!

It's so simple it's crazy! I roll my dough out thin between pieces of parchment paper.

GF Pizza Dough

2 1/2 cups flour *
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp salt
1 TBS + 2 tsp olive oil
1 cup + 1 TBS warm water

Put oil in measuring cup first!! Then add enough warm water to equal 1 cup + 1 TBS total liquid.

Combine dry ingredients. Add water mix. Stir well to combine all. Cover and let rest in warm spot for 2 hours. Then refrigerate at least 3 hours.

When you are ready to make your pizza, use a little flour on top and cut dough  in half. Place dough on flour dusted parchment paper. Cover with another piece of parchment. Roll out thin, I usually roll it out to 1/8-inch thickness, but Peaches rolled hers out to 1/4 inch at mutual and said it was cooked through. 
Heat oven to 450 - 500 degrees with cast iron pan in oven. After topping dough with sauce etc.. place on HOT cast iron pan and bake for 8 - 12 minutes or until desired doneness..

* I mixed up flour: 1 cup white rice flour, 1/2 cup millet flour, 1/2 cup potato starch, 1/2 cup tapioca starch and 1/4 tsp. xanthum gum

**NEVER eat raw GF dough. Not sure why, but that is a warning label on most GF flours.

Milks

There are so many milks to choose from now. It is wonderful! Back when my brother was a baby he couldn't have milk. But the only milk alternative was Mocha Mix (YUCK!). He always had a yucky runny nose. He also couldn't have eggs, although he loved them. When DD#2 was born, she broke out with horrible eczema all over her face and ears. My midwife had me take milk and wheat out of my diet for a month. It cleared up. She then said I could try either milk or wheat, but not both, at one meal and see how she did.  I tried a piece of toast.

She did not do well! The rash came back with in 6 hours, and it was worse than ever. I had to wait another 30 days to try milk. When I did, she broke out again. She was a year old when I could finally have some dairy. She stopped nursing just before she turned two, because her sister was born and she said it was the baby's milk. So DD#2 got rice milk.. ugh.. not my favorite, but she loved it.

DD#2 would throw up if she got dairy, and break out in eczema. Poor thing. She would do ok with a single piece of cheese for the week. Or a single scoop of icecream, but more than that and she would get dark circles under her eyes, then throw up violently.

Fast forward 12 years, and wow so many dairy free options! and of those most are soy FREE!!!  Woo hoo!  yes there is Rice Dream rice milk but there is also: Coconut Dream, coconut/almond/chia dream, almond dream, SILK almond milk, Almond Breeze, Oat milk, Hemp milk, .. wow!!

Current baby is just like DD#2 and can not have dairy.  He also, it looks like, will be going gluten free.. Poor guy. He still prefers breastmilk, and if he sees it is milk of any kind in the glass with the straw, then he pushes it away. He wants water..

What's your favorite dairy free milk?