We love pizza in our house, especially home-made pizza. A pizza party, where everyone makes their own pizza, is a great social occasion in the kitchen. It can be messy, but fun, especially when trying to spin the base.
That was until we discovered that cutting out your regular wheat flours improved the state of my guts. Pizza seemed to be out of the question. Goodbye pizza, and thanks for the laughs.
However, it would seem that all is not lost. Using our sourdough bread dough as a base it’s possible to still enjoy a good pizza. Given the low gluten content you can’t spin the base so it’ll be down to rolling pins or squishing it out with your hands, but it still a pizza and tastes great.
The pizza base
- Having made the sourdough as per steps 1-3 of this recipe I divided the dough into four equal parts and spread the dough out over a well greased baking trays.
- The trays were then covered with a damp tea towel to prevent the dough from drying out as it continued to rise a little. You could make the pizza straight away at this point, but the longer you leave it, the more airy the base will be.
- Pre-cook the bases in the oven at 200C for about 10 mins then remove from the trays and leave to one side to cool.
Topping the bases
- When we were ready to make the pizzas we covered the bases with a good helping of an organic tomato passata (a sieved tomato sauce).
- Our current favourite topping is Caramelised Red Onion and Pomodorino Tomato. Dice and they fry up the red onion in some balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Once this is nicely cooked sprinkle over the pizza base. Finally add some chopped pommarino tomatoes.
- Top the pizza with some grated cheese – we used an organic cheddar.
- Cook in the oven at 200C for about 10-15 mins. No need to put them on a tray – straight on the wire shelf will do fine.
We had planned to go out for a picnic, but by lunch time it had clouded over and the rain had arrived. Not to be defeated by the weather, and with much excitement from the younger contingent, we had an indoor picnic in our living room. And everyone agreed, the pizza tasted great!