I took a trip to Morrisons the other day and I was really impressed by their ‘free from’ range. The pizza just screamed at me to buy it and I felt sorry for it sitting there with all its juicy pepperoni on display. So into the trolley it went, not the great meal idea for my slimming world but we all need a treat sometimes. Well I was pleasantly surprised as some gluten free pizzas I have tried have been a bit a bit, shall we say, resembling cardboard? This however was just soft and very tasty. The best one I’ve tried yet! Well done Morrisons and also congratulations on a great selection of ‘free from’ items. Some products are marked down in price so it pays to pop along and grab a bargain.
I have found that making pizza dough has worked quite well, not as convenient but my kids quite liked joining in and making our own pizzas up, just like the big fast food establishments but I can’t swing my dough around like a fancy chef. That’s ok though it is quite quick and easy to make up without throwing it around, landing on the floor or up on the ceiling. I tend to just fix it quite securely onto a baking tray and pop my favourite toppings on.
I have used the following recipe for a Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Gluten Free Pizza, you can find this one and more recipes at www.dovesfarm.co.uk
5 tbsps Milk
½ tsp Vinegar
225 g Gluten Free White Bread Flour or
225 g Gluten Free Brown Bread Flour
½ tsp Salt
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Oil
4 tbsps Tomato Puree
2 tsps. Water
2 tsps. Brown Sugar
2 tsps. Basil
2.Balls of Mozzarella
1 tsp Quick Yeast
Pre heat oven to temperature:
1 Beat together the milk, vinegar and egg.
2 In another bowl mix together flour, yeast, salt and sugar.
3 Stir in the milk mixture.
4 Mix in the oil.
5 Knead well then cut the dough in half.
6 Roll each into a ball of dough then flatten into a 20cm/8” circle.
7 Place each on an oiled baking tray.
8 Chop the onion finely and put it in a bowl with the tomato puree,
water, brown sugar and basil.
9 Spread the onion and tomato mixture over the dough.
10 Slice the mozzarella and lay this on top.
11 Leave to rise for 20 minutes.
12 Bake in a pre heated oven for 20/25 minutes.
Gluten Free ready made pizzas, pizza base mixes and plain pizza bases are available in most supermarkets now. Here are a selection:
Pizza Mix £1.20
Ready made Margherita £2.00
Ready made Pepperoni £2.00
Pizza base mix £0.65
Free From ready made Cheese & Tomato £2.20
Free From ready made Spicy Chicken £3.00
Pizza base mix £0.55
Pizza bases (pack 2) £1.10
The Free From Pepperoni Pizza I tried was £3.00 from Morrisons www.morrisons.co.uk
*Prices are quoted from the websites of these supermarkets and are current at this time.
I have tried the Pizzas at Pizza Hut www.pizzahut.com and Dominos www.dominos.co.uk and found them to be very good.
I find Pizza Express very expensive for all pizzas, not just Gluten Free and Papa Johns are yet to make a Gluten Free Base at this time as far as I know but do let me know if you hear of one available.
So I hope that gives you some information to go on, you really don't have to miss out on a yummy pizza so enjoy and don't forget to leave me some of your favourite recipes or ideas below in the comments.
Catch you tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday.