This gluten free pizza crust is chewy and delicious and will go perfectly with all your favorite toppings!
If you love pizza and you are gluten free, you know just how hard it can be to get your hands on some pizza that is A) affordable B) doesn’t taste like cardboard C) has a great chewy texture. Trust me, I have tried so many gluten free pizza crust mixes and all of them have been pretty unappetizing.
I started out using mixes that made pizza crust that was so thick it was more like bread. It was also really dry and required to be drenched in sauce in order to enjoy it, and even then I don’t think I really enjoyed it.
And don’t even get me started on eating the cold pizza leftovers the next day, which is one of the best things about pizza, right?! Some mixes were better than others, but I felt like they all lacked something important and I was beginning to think I would never eat satisfying pizza again.
As more brands were starting to embrace gluten free I found some frozen pizzas that actually tasted pretty good, my husband even declared one of them as being better than regular pizza, but they were like $10.00 for a small frozen pizza and that is just so hard to justify. Especially when my husband and I would split one and still both be hungry! And, ideally, I try to stay away from most frozen entrees and make my own from scratch, so I knew I had to come up with a better solution!
This pizza crust that I’m so fondly calling the Best and Easiest Gluten Free Pizza Crust, is just that. It forms nicely into whatever thickness pizza crust you desire, it produces a perfectly chewy, perfectly crispy crust, and best thing is that in order to make it, you just add all of the ingredients to a bowl, form the dough into a ball, let sit for 30 minutes and then you can form your crust! It really couldn’t be any easier!
Sometimes when I’m testing a recipe a few times I get kinda sick of it and don’t really want to eat it again for a while, but I have to admit that I tested this pizza crust like ten times and I’m still not sick of it! It seriously is the best and easiest gluten free pizza crust that will help satisfy all your pizza cravings 🙂
I made a video so you all can see exactly how I make my crust
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- 2 cups + 3 tablespoons gluten free all purpose flour, I used Bob Red Mill’s 1:1 GF Baking Flour***
- 1 (1/4-ounce/7.5-g) package active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted, I used Earth Balance
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup warm water
- Place the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl and mix until combined. Next add the maple syrup, melted butter, olive oil and warm water and mix again until everything is combined. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Set dough aside for 30 minutes.
- While dough is rising, preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover a pizza pan (whatever size you like*) with parchment paper and place the ball of pizza dough on the paper. Use your hands to spread the dough out until it is in an even layer. Dough works best if it isn’t too thick.
- Bake pizza dough for about ten minutes, until firm and cooked through, but not completely browned. Add all desired toppings and place back in the oven until toppings are heated through.
This recipe is adapted from the recipe, Perfect Pizza Crusts from Cooking for Isaiah by Silvana Nardone
***This recipe works best with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Baking Flour! I have made it with regular gluten free flour mix and the dough is much stickier to work with and once cooked it is much more dense than when using Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour. You will also have to add more flour if you don’t use Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour because dough will be too liquidy.
*You can use this dough to make one large pizza or two smaller pizzas. It does freeze well for up to a few weeks. If you are using a smaller pizza pan, I would recommend not using all of the dough or it may not all get cooked through. Works best when spread out on a large pizza pan for a thinner crust.