{Product Review} – A gluten-free pizza experiment

Gluten free pizza - the experiment

A while back, I received some gluten-free products from Vitarum to try out. There were quite a variety, but so far I have only tried two products – The pancake mix and the bread mix.

{The Bread Mix}

In general, I really like the bread mix. Being gluten-free, it consists of ingredients like soy and rice flour and some binding ingredients.To get the white loaf, yeast and some water are added.

I did a small experiment with the recipe. Instead of baking the normal white loaf, I’ve decided to turn it to pizza dough. For those who has read this blog for a while, I’m quite particular with my pizza dough. The one I use generally takes two days to make – I like to let my pizza dough rise slowly in the fridge for extra flavour.

So what I’ve done was to apply similar method to the gluten-free dough, i.e. let it rise slowly overnight in the fridge. And it worked, beautifully. As you can see from the photos – I got quite nice crunchy crust. Texture-wise, it was quite nice. A little more ‘sticky’ than the normal pizza dough. But the pizza goodness was there.

The topping from the photos was really simple, ‘off-the-fridge’ cooking style. Organic tomato paste, thinly slices of sucuk (Turkish/Middle Eastern spicy sausage) and cheese.

{The Pancake mix) – Not photograph

After the successful pizza dough experiment, I was a bit disappointed with the pancake mix. Mine turned out thick, sticky and not really appetising. One thing I like about the bread mix is the freedom to create different kind of dough from the mixture of flour. The pancake mix is a bit more ‘commercial’ where only milk is added since there’s egg powder and other flavours in the mix. Not a big fan! I prefer something more natural.

{Recipe} – Basic gluten-free pizza dough

Gluten free pizza - the experiment

The recipe is really easy, but the dough is very sticky to work with. Don’t bother stretching them or anything, just oil your hands, and shape the dough pieces to a rough round shape.

1 packet of Vitarium Gluten Free Bread Mix
2 tablespoon olive oil
7g instant yeast
420ml warm water
1 tsp dried rosemary

Topping: tomato paste, sausage slice, cheese

Prepare the dough ingredients by mixing all the ingredients together for around 5 mins using an electric mixer. (Or simply use your hands, the dough is sticky)

Put the dough in an oiled bowl, and let proof for about 1 hour. (Or, if you want to slow proof the pizza, put the dough in a bowl, cover and rest in the fridge overnight. The next day, take the dough out and let it return to room temperature before baking. This method tends to make a flavoursome dough)

Preheat oven to 220C.

Oil your hand. Divide the dough into portions. Gently shape the dough into pieces with rough round shape.

Spread the tomato paste, then arrange saussage or other toppings onto the pizza. Bake until golden. Serve hot.

If you are interested in gluten-free cooking, do check out the Gluten-free bake off here!

20 Responses to {Product Review} – A gluten-free pizza experiment

  1. OohLookBel says:

    I thought the pancake mix was pretty good (fluffy, light) when I made pancakes with pears. I'm yet to try the bread flour, but from your experience, it also looks promising :)

  2. Ana Powell says:

    Hi

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Your pizzas look delicious!

  4. Zara says:

    Hi Anh,your pizzas look very tasty and make my mouth watering:) I like the silver on green styling, too.

  5. Gloria says:

    Anh these look absolutely yummy! gloria

  6. tigerfish says:

    What a delicious gluten-free option for those on a gluten-free diet.

  7. Little Corner of Mine says:

    Looks good!

  8. Faith says:

    The pizza is gorgeous, Anh! I've never heard of that product, I wonder if they sell it here…

  9. Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! says:

    Good to know the market is catering for people with specific dietary requirements but as with everything else it's hard to find quality products off the shelf. Kind of glad I have no intolerances to any ingredients. Good job with the pizzas!

  10. Soma says:

    This looks really good. In our farmers market we get a lot of gluten free products and breadmixes. nice idea to try a pizza with it. Of you like chickpea flour, try the farinata (if you haven't already).. and top it with feta and veggies like in a pizza.

  11. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella says:

    I had a similiar experience with the Viarium range. It was a bit hit and miss. I think the main issue for the Christmas cake that I tried was actually in the cooking instructions!

  12. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) says:

    I have the vitarium products with mixed results. I mad a beautiful chocolate cake with their gluten free flour but not successful with the bread mix for brioche. Extremely sticky. I still have some bread mix left and I am going to try your pizza recipe. Your mini pizza looks great!!

  13. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) says:

    I have tried vitarium products with mixed results. I baked a beautiful chocolate cake with their gluten free flour but not success with their bread mix to make brioche. Very sticky. I still have some bread mix left and will try to make your pizza crust. They look great!

  14. Cakebrain says:

    wow! I've never even thought of making pizza with a gluten free pizza dough before. I don't have a problem with it. It looks delicious! Pizza is an all-time favourite at our house!

  15. Iron Chef Shellie says:

    Looks fantastic, and a bonus for all those people who can only eat gluten free.

  16. diva says:

    I'm a bit doubtful with things gluten free because as a person with no issues with gluten I don't see why I shouldn't eat it. But heck, it looks really good so I might just try it anyway!

  17. Johanna GGG says:

    your pizzas look great – there is a place at the vic market that does gf pizzas and they are so good that I wouldn't have known they were gf – had made me feel quite hopeful about gf pizzas – this sounds like a good product to try

  18. Forager @ The Gourmet Forager says:

    I've got to send this on to my partner's uncle. He's Italian but recently diagnosed as gluten intolerant so not allowed his beloved pizza or pasta anymore. He can now give this recipe a shot! Thanks!

  19. shaz says:

    That looks delicious. I don't think I would have been able to tell the difference just by looking.

  20. hollypop says:

    being gluten free it's always so nice to hear of gf recipes that work well!