Friday, 20 April 2012

Gluten free pizza crust

Hello hello again!
A few months ago I went gluten free.....
...That is a big deal for me because  i'm  italian and gluten comes with my birth certificate: breads , pastas, pizzas, well you get the idea!
I started making all these foods with brown rice flour, amaranth, sourghum, tapioca, you name it; but with my big disappointment nothing would come out good!
Gluten has a magic power to make everything nice and fluffy and when you take that out it is a big challenge .
I had to put aside my "knowledge" of how to cook and start from zero, find new ways to make a loaf rise or a pizza stay in one piece and not crumble away.
I'm not going to tell you how many "things" went wrong and into the garbage...
After trying different combinations of flours I realized that the "starch" flours are a little bit more light and manageable then other  types, chickpea, for example , for me, has a strong after flavor that I couldn't get used to, buckwheat was to heavy and made everything dense , but this is my little personal experience, i'm sure that there are lots of beautiful people out there that can make great things with those flours.
Anyway there are lots of prepackaged mix flours that you can buy and use in recipes, and I found one that actually works pretty well. It's called "Celimix" rice bread mix.
But for those of you who want to be a little more adventurous, here is a recipes I found to make your own.

1cup cornstarch
1cup potato starch
1cup white rice flour
1/2 cup corn flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1TBLSP +1tsp Xanthan Gum

I'm back on gluten now, but before I did that I had to prove that gluten free foods can be "delizioso" too. I made a pizza one day; after many "not so good ones", this one came out amazing... I couldn't tell the difference... ok maybe I could, but still I was impressed. Finally I had done it, I had made a delicius gluten free pizza!

Here is the recipe: GLUTEN FREE PIZZA CRUST

1 1/2 cup gluten free flour (you can use the recipe above or a prepackaged one)
1 tsp backing powder
1 tsp honey
1/4 cup milk (you can use soy)
1/4 cup vegetable oil (Canola oil works well too)
1 egg

Mix untill you get a soft ball , (add some flour if you need to)
In a well oiled pizza pan spread the dough gently untill you reach every corner , remember this is a gluten free crust so it will look different that a normal one.
Preheat oven a 400
 Before putting any condiment on the crust cook the crust for 10 minutes
After that put anything you want in to your pizza and cook untill the crust is nice : and golden, about 10/15 more minutes.
I did mine with garlic, artichock, spinach, olives , onions and peppers.

I hope you'll enjoy it as much as i did!

gluten free pizza

My Easy bread.

Hello  this is day one of my blog! (Forgive my english)!
I just want to share one of my passions with you: cooking!
I'm in Canada right now but i'm Italian, i love to cook and eat, so i just want to
share some of my "famous" recipes so you too can enjoy food in a easy delicious way!
I will start with a great recipes for bread.

It is really hard to find a good loaf of bread here in my town so i had to come up with my
own easy recipe...
I'm a mother of 2 so i didn't want to spend all day home punching dough etc..
So i came across some no-knead bread recipes and i have adjusted them to get the taste that i like.
This method  is really amazing , it works every time .
I usually use 2 types of flour but you can use any flour you like.
Here is the recipe

3 cups of flour (i use 1 1/2 c unbleached flour and 1 1/2 c multigrain flour)
2 tsp salt
1 TBLSP agave (if you don't have agave you can use honey or sugar)
1 TBLSP olive oil
1/2 tsp yeast
11/4 cup warm water

Mix all the ingredient together in a plastic or glass container , not a metal one!
Make sure that all the flour is mixed, and that's it! Loosely cover and let it be.
Let it  stay over night.
In the morning put some flour on your counter  or table and put the dough on it,
stretch it out and then fold it in 4 and then shape it
 if you want a round loaf make a ball and put it on a pie plate or you can put it in a regular loaf pan.
I always brush the containers with a little bit of oil  and dust them with a little bit of flour, just to prevent sticking!
Let rise for 2 hours, until is nice and puffy, preheat oven at 450.
I always like to brush some seeds on top of my loaf  and put a few cuts with a sharp knife, it makes it look pretty.
Put it in the oven for 30 min until nice and golden.
Let it cool on a rack before you slice it.
 I will post some pics for you to give you an idea.
mix ingredient
let it stay over night
in the morning should look like this
stretch and fold

shape and let rise
brush some seeds and slice
enjoy your bread :)