Recreating pizza is a fun task – there’s always the doubt that it won’t work out right and all your hard work and ingredients have to go in the bin. But nothing can wipe the smile off your face when it turns out pretty good! This recipe is fun – it looks like a pizza, feels like a pizza and tastes pretty close to your everyday pizza, except this recipe is grain and gluten free! You could say it’s suitable for a paleo diet but I’m pretty sure the cavemen didn’t eat pizza!
The main ingredient in the pizza base is “Tapioca” (I love that word!). This could be a new ingredient to your pantry, and can be used for lots of recipes. It’s pretty cheap and can be bought from most health shops.
What exactly is Tapioca?
Tapioca is the starch extracted from the cassava root. The cassava plant is native to Brazil and its starch is referred to as “tapioca”. Cassava is naturally gluten free, making it a good substitute for flour as a thickener, as well as a base for a tasty, sweet pudding.
This recipe can be a little tricky, but just have patience with it and it will work out.
Pizza base recipe:
- 1 cup organic tapioca flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 medium or 1 large egg, whisked
- 1 tsp dried Italian herbs
- 1/2 tsp salt or garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1. Preheat your oven to 180°C, and if you have a pizza stone place that in the oven too.
2. In a large bowl, mix the tapioca flour, about a 1/3 cup of the coconut flour and seasoning. Slowly add the oil in a little at a time, stirring as you pour. Then add the water and give it a good mix. Next, pour in the egg and again mix well.
3. To create the dough, add a couple of tablespoons of coconut flour until it reaches a dough-like consistency.
4. Spinkle your surface with some tapioca flour and turn out the dough, and knead it gently into a ball. If it is too sticky, sprinkle more of tapioca flour.
5. Roll out some parchment paper and sprinkle with tapioca flour. Transfer the dough to the paper, and using a rolling pin covered in the flour, roll the dough out to a thin base. Sprinkle a small with of flour on the base, and using your hand smooth it out.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, and then remove from the heat. Add whatever toppings you choose, and pop back in the oven to bake for about 5 mins.