I admit to not being the best gluten free gal. I was for 11 months, not once letting soft, chewy wheat pass underneath my teeth. But I caved after awhile. Yes, eating gluten does make me sick. Instantly. It makes my head feel foggy, my mouth a bit tingly, and I’m also extra tired the next day.
But what is pleasure without a little bit of pain. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and I personally enjoy the occasional slice of pizza when coming back from the bar, or a croissant, an English muffin, and the ability to consume a disgusting amount of cinnamon buns on Christmas morning with the family (and rolls at dinner!) even if it means waking up the next morning and feeling like someone took a hammer to my feet.
But as a rule of thumb I don’t buy wheat products to keep around the house. And I also don’t buy a lot of gluten-free products—which are expensive and high in calories in all honesty—but when I saw Pamela’s Pizza mix on sale for $2.99 I had to try it.
Pamela’s products are well-known and often carried in major grocery stores. Her bread mix wasn’t my favorite ( a little too dense and I wasn’t a fan of the taste), but the pizza flour produced a brown crust with a soft, but not gooey, middle. Plus it reheated nicely!
Any excuse to whip out my vintage 1960’s Kitchen Aid Mixer that I snagged at Goodwill for $12.99 makes me happy. Sure beats the price tag for brand new mixers, and I hear the older ones, under the Hobart company, and made better than the ones today! Who cares if it isn’t a fun color.
Always remember to take your rings off, lest you spend the rest of the day cleaning all the nooks and crannies.
Working with gluten-free dough is harder. It’s sticky and likes to peel; Don’t bother with a rolling pin. Wet your fingers with olive oil and press away. And instead of buying expensive gluten-free all purpose flour, use corn meal for dusting. It lowers the risk of peeling and adds a bit of flavor.
I decided to make 2 pizzas: anchovy and cheese and just plain cheese. A few weeks ago I realized how weirdly delicious anchovies are: salty, chewy, and the cans are so darn cute. I think it weirds the register boy’s out, but I have no shame!
What’s your favorite kind of pizza? Personally, I love this one the expensive organic pizza place down the road makes: apples, basil, sausage, cheese, yum.