2 Pizza base recipes: gluten free vs traditional.

2 Pizza base recipes: gluten free vs traditional.

vegan pizza base recipe

I think it’s safe to say we all love a good pizza. For me, the pizza base plays a huge role in creating a successful pizza. Making pizza at home is one of my favorite meals and it’s great to get everyone involved. Plus, it’s super easy even when making the dough and cheese from scratch. Yup, I’m not even kidding you mates! It’s easy. You can make homemade pizza and cheese in under 1,5 hours all while saving yourself a few bucks.

What’s the difference between a gluten free and a traditional pizza base?

A traditional pizza base is made with normal wheat flour which contains gluten. Gluten is the protein in wheat and some people are severely allergic to this. This condition is known as Celiacs disease. Others are just avoiding gluten due to doctor or diet recommendations. Gluten free means that the item is free from this wheat protein and thus isn’t made from wheat.

vegan pizza base recipe

So what’s a gluten free pizza base made from?

This is where creativity comes in. I’ve seen so many pizza base recipes pop up in the past few years for cauliflower bases, almond flour bases and zucchini bases. Unfortunately most of these contain egg to bind the flours together. There are many gluten free flours now available from rice flour, brown rice flour, quinoa flour, buckwheat flour, almond flour, arrowroot flour, cassava flour etc. The range of flours have extended greatly from only the traditional wheat flour.

For my pizza base dough, I used the same quantities in both recipes for my experiment. I also let the dough rise for the same amount of time and this was my discovery:

In my experience, cakes and breads bake best with a gluten free all-purpose flour mix. I’ve never successfully baked gluten free without a vegan egg either so I recommend getting some egg replacer. No, I haven’t tried this with flax eggs, I had a bad experience once and never went back to flax eggs again. However feel free to give it a go and let me know the outcome 🙂

Experiment results

vegan pizza base recipe
  1. The gluten free dough did not rise or double in size like the traditional dough.
  2. As soon as I started rolling out the gluten free base, it crumbled.
  3. The traditional recipe stretched further than the normal one resulting in bigger bases.
  4. They both baked for the same amount of time.
  5. They both tasted great even though the gluten free base was slightly more dense.

My tips for gluten free pizza bases:

  1. To make a successful gluten free pizza base, which is vegan too, you need to add a binder. For this I used 2 vegan eggs and mixed it into my dough after it had rested. You could add it while kneading in the beginning too.
  2. Roll out your dough on a silicon baking mat or baking paper so you can get it nice and thin and then pop it straight into the oven. If you roll it on a floured surface then try to peel it off, it tears.
vegan pizza base recipe

My favorite pizza base will always be a traditional base but for those of you who cannot eat gluten, this recipe works wonderfully. I hope you give it a try and make some pizza this weekend.

vegan pizza base recipe

Gluten free pizza base

An easy vegan gluten free pizza base recipe which is crispy. Top with your favorite toppings and you have a delectable pizza. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: gluten free pizza base recipe, vegan pizza base recipe
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 340kcal

Ingredients

DRY MIX

  • 2 cups gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt

WET MIX

  • 3/4 cup luke warm water
  • 2.5 tsp active yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar coconut or normal
  • 2 tsp vegan egg replacer

Instructions

  • In a bowl, add your flour and salt. 
  • In a measuring cup, make sure your water is luke warm which will activate the yeast. 
  • Add the yeast and sugar to the warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes. 
  • Mix your vegan eggs with 2 tbsp cold water and set aside. 
  • Once your yeast is fluffy on top add the oil and vegan egg and mix it all into your dough. Reading for about 4 minutes. 
  • Place dough back in bowl and cover with a cloth and lace into a warm area for 40 minutes. 
  • Pre heat oven to 350F or 200C.
  • Dust a silicon mat or baking paper with some gluten free flour and roll out the dough on this to desired thickness. 
  • Bake for 20 minutes, top with pizza toppings and put back into oven for a remaining 15-20 or until topping are done. 

Traditional pizza base dough

My go to dough for vegan pizza bases. This results in a beautiful stretchy dough which is light and airy. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: baking, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bread dough recipe, pizza base recipe, traditional pizza base recipe
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 426kcal

Ingredients

DRY MIX

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp salt

WET MIX

  • 3/4 cup luke warm water
  • 2.5 tsp active yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar coconut or normal
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • In a bowl, add the flour and salt. 
  • In a measuring cut, add the yeast and sugar to your luke warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Once the yeast has foamed on top, add the oil and then stir into the flour mix. 
  • Knead for 4-5 minutes until a ball forms. 
  • Place back into the bowl, cover with a towel and put in a warm place. 
  • After 40 minutes check to see if your dough has risen. 
  • Pre heat oven to 350F or 200C
  • Flour a counter top and knead your dough again. 
  • Roll out to desired thickness and place on baking tray. 
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Add your pizza toppings and bake for a further 15-20 minutes or until toppings are ready. 

In case you missed it, try some of my cheesy no cheese parmesan as a topping.

xoxo Amy

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