We’re not aliens to the concept of comfort food. In fact, on days we seek out comfort foods that could warm up your hearts. What’s the concept of comfort food? The term ‘comfort food’ was coined back in 1977 by the renowned magazine – Washington Post. Regardless of what the etymology of the word is, it describes the concept of ageless love for a food that one could possibly overeat and still love being served any given day. It’s the kind of food that satisfies the soul. These foods deliver the promise of – comfort.
Comfort food is considered to be hearty and filled with a lot of calories, usually. But, can you achieve comfort with healthy food? The healthiest way to go about making comfort food that uses any amount of flour is by substituting the all-purpose flour with bought gluten-free products online. These gluten-free products could be Italian gluten-free flour or gluten-free pizza.
Here is a recipe for gluten-free comfort food that you will enjoy making at your humble abode, keeping both health and comfort in mind.
A pizza is as good as its crust. How do you get the right crust? Use gluten-free pizza flour to make your comfy crust.
For the Crust:
- One and one-quarter cups of whole milk (could use plant-based milk)
- A quarter cup + 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- One teaspoon of salt
- Two and a half cups of gluten-free pizza flour bought from Italian gluten-free products online
- Two eggs at room temperature
- 1 cup of shredded low moisture mozzarella
- Three-quarter cups of shredded parmesan cheese
- Half a cup of pizza sauce
- Fresh sliced mozzarella (to your liking)
- Grated Parmigiano Cheese
- A quarter cup of pesto
- Basil leaves
- Red pepper flakes
- Any other choice of your favorite toppings.
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Instructions to cook this yummy Gluten-free Pizza recipe:
- Firstly, preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit with either pizza stones or large baking sheet on a rack.
- Then, in a saucepan of small size, mix the oil, milk, and salt to a boil over medium heat. (stir occasionally)
- Right when the milk mixture is about to start bubbling, take it off the heat.
- Continue to keep stirring it as you mix the gluten-free pizza flour, or you can even buy Caputo gluten-free flour online and use it. Combine the milk mixture and the powder well till it’s fully incorporated.
- If you find it hard to mix perfectly by hand, you can transfer this dough in a stand mixer or food processor. After mixing it well, using a rubber spatula, mix it inside the mixer.
- Now turn the mixer on, to a slow setting, and add both the eggs.
- As the mixture is mixed well, follow it up by adding cheese and use the medium speed setting to mix it well until it is fully incorporated.
- If there is any further need, knead the dough with hands until you are satisfied.
- Divide the dough into equal halves.
- On a parchment paper, dust some gluten-free flour and press half of the dough into the desired shape of the dish rack and then prick holes with a fork equidistant to each other. Repeat this step with the other half of the dough.
- Now on the crust, spread the tomato sauce and place slices of mozzarella and place the basil leaves on top as well.
- Cover this with toppings of your choice if you prefer to use anything – including vegetables, meats, and even fish. Go for it!
- Bake this yumminess for 7 to 10 minutes and watch the bubbling cheese take you away to a land of dreams.
Who says you can’t have both comfort and health? Who says as gluten intolerants you can’t enjoy consuming the luxury of gluten-free pizzas made from gluten-free flour bought on Italian stores online? No one!