I remember my mom taking us every Friday after school to the local VHS rental store (remember those?) to pick out a movie to rent. It was cleverly located next door to the Take-n-Bake pizza shop where we always bought a large cheese pizza to go with our movie. We didn’t realize it then, but the tradition of a Family Pizza & Movie Night was something far more significant than the food or movie – It was the time we spent together as a family that made it so special.
Pizza & Movie Night still happens every Saturday night at our house. It’s something we all look forward to – minus the drive to the VHS store of course. The challenge these days is making sure everyone can eat it! I came up with a Gluten Free AND Vegan Pizza Crust that always turns out great… It has a perfectly soft & chewy crust that holds up under the sauce and toppings. I hope you’ll be able to enjoy it with your family too!
If you’re looking for the Perfect Pizza Crust Recipe made with Regular Wheat, then I have a recipe for that over here… I make it often for visiting family & friends.
The special tools & ingredients I use in this recipe are:
- 3 Cups Erika's All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Blend
- 4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Ener-G Egg Replacer
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Onion Powder
- ¼ Teaspoon Pepper (or season to taste)
- In bowl of Stand Mixer, add Yeast Mix Ingredients in the order listed. Start with the warm water and stir in the honey, then gently add your Dry Active Yeast. Set-Aside to proof for approximately 10 minutes while you prepare you other ingredients & work surface.
- Whisk all of the Dry Ingredients into a small bowl.
- On a cutting board, layout 2 large squares of Parchment Paper and dust bottom of paper with a little Tapioca Starch & Cornmeal - then set aside.
- When yeast is done proofing, add your dry ingredients to the stand mixer bowl.
- Using the paddle attachment, mix all ingredients on a Low-Medium speed until roughly blended... With the machine running, drizzle in your Wet Ingredients starting with the Olive Oil and then the Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Mix on Medium-High Speed for approximately 2 minutes until dough is completely blended. It will be very loose & sticky.
- Use a spatula to divide the dough into 2 separate mounds on the two parchment papers - Dough will be very sticky!
- Dust your hands and the dough surface generously as you shape the mounds into two disks. Using your dusted rolling pin, gently roll out the pizza dough evenly until the dough is approximately ¼" - ½" thick.
- Preheat oven and Baking Stone to 400 degrees.
- Allow the crusts to proof for approximately 20 minutes while your oven is pre-heating.
- While the crusts are proofing, prepare your sauce and topping ingredients - but do NOT top the pizza crust until AFTER the crust has been Pre-Baked.
- Pre-Bake the crusts on the parchment paper and on the baking stone for 10 minutes.*
- Remove crust from oven and top with your sauce and toppings.
- Return Pizza to baking stone and bake an additional 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and crust is browned.
- Remove Pizza from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing & eating.
You can pre-bake your crusts ahead of time and store them in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to top & bake them.
Since not everyone in the family is allergic to eggs or dairy, we use a variation of toppings. ‘Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds‘ is our favorite for the Vegan Pizza – which melts & stretches just like the real deal. Here’s a picture of the Daiya Cheese Pizza:
We use Real Shredded Mozzarella for everyone else. Here’s a picture of the the Mozzarella Cheese Pizza:
I’ve experimented with several types of pizza pans and hands down, a baking stone lined with parchment paper makes the best crust!
See how the crust turns out crispy and chewy on the bottom, but light and soft on the top… Not soggy or doughy, but just right!
Pick out a good movie & you’re all set for Pizza & Movie Night!
P.S. I use scissors to cut my pizza into slices… it works great!