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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Easy Peasy Homemade Pizza Recipe -- Gluten Free and Regular Options Using #TheRecipe


In a local easy cooking group, a few weeks ago, a woman named Maya changed so many people's lives by sharing a super easy pizza recipe. It took off by a storm, that then got dubbed and hashtagged #therecipe. Most people who made this pizza recipe loved it including their kids, and the ease was best of all. 

The original recipe calls for 2 cups of flour, 2 cups of quark cheese (a soft spreadable cheese with a consistency similar to Greek yogurt), and 2 teaspoons of baking powder. Mix it together, roll it out, top it, and bake.

Simple enough, yes?

Only we don't eat gluten in our house. So #therecipe probably wouldn't work for us.

But my kids were begging for me to make pizza, so I figured I'd give it a try and see if I could make it using gluten free flour.

It worked.

Tonight's supper was courtesy of #therecipe. Only I didn't even bother measuring anything. I took my soft spreadable cheese, added enough Bob's Red Mill gluten free flour mix  (I was making this at a friends' house and she had this flour mix available) that I had a workable dough- but since I added too much flour each, I ended up adding water to it, plus some baking powder and a bit of salt, and then spread it out on a pizza stone or baking tray. I made a bunch of batches of pizza (four in a row), and some times I rolled it out with a rolling pin, and some times I just used my fingers to press it to spread it evenly, and both worked well. I sprinkled it with more flour so it wouldn't stick to me while I was making it.

After making the dough, I topped it and baked it until the cheese melted. 
Unlike most gluten free pizza crusts, this didn't need to baked first and then topped, making it even easier.

My kids and their friends all devoured this pizza.


I don't eat dairy, so I didn't taste this, but it was definitely enjoyed by all, if you can go by my kids.

If you don't have quark cheese where you live, or want to use something else, friends of mine tried this with yogurt and other thin yogurt like cheeses, and it worked great too.


I plan on trying this at home with my own homemade gluten free flour mix, but I don't see why this shouldn't work with any gluten free flour mix that has xanthan gum or similar in it.

I would be curious to see if this works with some other dairy free yogurt alternatives, but haven't tried those. 

Of course this is really cool that it is egg free as well.

I wasn't going to post this on my blog, just intended to take pictures to share with the group where I originally saw #therecipe posted, but my kids saw me taking pictures and said "Are you posting this on your blog?" and I figured it is probably something that you would enjoy. No, its not the cheapest way ever to make pizza, as adding more cheese to pizza ups the cost of the recipe. However, making homemade pizza, even this way, is certainly cheaper than going out for pizza or even buying ready made pizza crusts, and it really is not a lot of work at all.
Quark cheese for this recipe cost me $5.13, the flour cost me approximately $4.25, the cheese to top it cost me $2.85, the tomato sauce cost me $1.50, about $13.75 for 4.5 standard sized gluten free pizza pies (minus the toppings- adding them added another dollar, max). One gluten free pizza pie takeout costs more than that locally, and a frozen pizza roughly that amount. I could easily make this cheaper by using my own homemade gluten free flour mix and homemade yogurt for this recipe and lower the cost significantly.


I highly recommend this recipe if your family is pizza lovers and would appreciate a pizza night but you don't want to spend the money on takeout, but don't have the energy for something too complicated.
 
Are you or your family pizza fans? How often do you have pizza? Generally homemade or store bought pizza? If you make pizza from scratch, do you consider it to be complicated and time consuming, or a pretty easy recipe to make? Does this look like a recipe you'd try?


2 comments:

  1. I am wondering if Greek yogurt would work in place of Quark cheese? If not, what else do we have in the U.S. that would work?

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