Easy Gluten Free Thick Pizza Crust Recipe Made With Red Star Yeast
Recently, I learned that not all yeast is gluten free. I'm trying to rid my diet of hidden sources of gluten, so I was pretty happy to learn that Red Star yeast doesn't contain gluten.
Some of my friends compare yeast to salt and pepper. They're like, "Every brand tastes the same, so it really doesn't matter what you buy". I disagree, and that's why Red Star is one of the brands I buy. I also purchase a few pricier brands from Whole Foods, but Red Star is my "I'm not going to spend $1000 on groceries this month" yeast.
Sometimes yeast just doesn't rise. I hate it when that happens, especially when I've just dumped my last spoonful into the bread machine or mixing bowl. I haven't had that issue yet with Red Star (knock on wood), which is awesome. Nothing kills a carb craving like having to run to the grocery store for more yeast.
Red Star yeast rises pretty quickly, so you don't have to stand there and stare at it impatiently until it gets frothy. Wait, maybe normal people don't do that. If you feel like it's not doing it's thing fast enough, just sprinkle in a bit of sugar. Yeast -- much like my toddlers -- goes crazy when you give it sugar.
This gluten free yeast comes in individual packets, which is nice if you don't use yeast often. You don't have to worry about it going bad or cluttering up your pantry.
Warning: Don't tear the packets off. Use scissors. I ended up with yeast all over the place one time.
I make a lot of bread with this yeast, and I plan to try yeasted waffles soon. Pinterest says those are awesome. Currently, my favorite thing to make with it is the gluten free mushroom pizza below. The pizza is packed with flavor, and it's fairly healthy. Well, healthier than a slice of pizza from Pizza Hut or Papa John's, at least.
My kids love this mushroom pizza, and we make it fairly often. If you end up trying this gluten free pizza recipe, please let me know what you think. I think it's pretty darn good, but I won't hate you if you disagree.
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This recipe for gluten free mushroom pizza is hard to screw up. Try to keep the measurements about the same for the flour, yeast, baking powder, and water, but feel free to get creative with the rest of the ingredients. I actually add in way more garlic powder than what I listed here, but I'm a hardcore garlic lover.
If you like a thicker, doughier crust, then add in an extra 1/2 cup of flour. I'm more of a thin crust kinda gal, so I tend to skimp on the flour.
Give this pizza some amazing texture by sprinkling cornmeal on the bottom of the pizza pan. I didn't mention that in the recipe, but it makes the pizza taste extra yummy. Also, don't forgot to spray your pan with some coconut oil or use nonstick cookware. I learned that lesson the hard way once.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 4 people
- 2.5 cups gluten free flour
- 1 log fresh mozzarella cheese
- 1.25 cups of warm water warm water, make sure it's not too hot!
- 1/2 jar pasta sauce
- 1 pint fresh mushrooms
- 1 small yellow onion
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp Red Star Yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp dried basil leaves
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of sugar
This is my favorite gluten free flour. I use it for almost everything, and it works great for this pizza recipe.
- Combine the yeast and 1 cup of the water in a small bowl. Leave it sitting for about 5 minutes.Sprinkle a bit of sugar into the bowl. Yeast loves sugar.
- Combine all of your ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Whisk well.Add in the remaining water, plus the olive oil. Stir everything together. I like to do this with my hands. Roll the dough into one big ball, then flatten it out on the pizza pan.
- Bake the flattened dough at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove pizza and top immediately with the remaining ingredients.
- Place pizza back in the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Slice and enjoy!