A crusty, thick, and chewy pizza dough that, believe it or not, is gluten-free!
MAKES 2 12″ PIZZA CRUSTS
2 cups brown rice flour 2 cups arrowroot starch or tapioca starch 2 ⁄ 3 cup blanched almond flour or nonfat dry milk powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar 3 teaspoons xanthan gum 2 teaspoons Saf Instant-Yeast, Red Star Rapid Rise or “Bread Machine” Yeast, or Fleischmann’s “Bread Machine” Yeast 1 1 ⁄ 2 cups water, warmed to 110 degrees 4 egg whites, room temperature 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 ⁄ 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar Optional: 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, for adding to pizza dough 1 Optional: ⁄ 2 teaspoon garlic salt and additional olive oil for sprinkling over pizza dough
- In a large bowl, whisk together brown rice flour, arrowroot starch, blanched almond flour, salt, sugar, xanthan gum, and yeast. If desired, add Italian seasoning to the flour mixture. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the water, egg whites, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar.
- Pour wet ingredients into whisked dry ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon or a fork for several minutes until batter resembles a thick cake batter. First, it will look like biscuit dough, but after a few minutes it will appear thick and sticky.
- Line 2 (12″) pizza pans with parchment paper or spritz generously with nonstick cooking spray. Divide pizza dough in half and place dough in the center of each pizza pan. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the dough and gently pat the dough out into an 11″ or 12″ pizza crust. Leave the crust edges a little bit higher than the center of the dough, so they can contain the sauce and fillings.
- Cover the pizza dough loosely with plastic wrap that has been spritzed with nonstick spray or olive oil (so it will not stick to the dough if it touches it). Allow the pizza dough to rise in a warm space for 10–20 minutes. Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Remove the plastic wrap from the dough. Prebake dough for 10–15 minutes before adding toppings, fillings, and cheese. Finish baking pizza for an additional 15–20 minutes until cheese is melted and fillings are heated through.
- Allow pizza to cool for 10–15 minutes before slicing and serving.