March 15, 2014

Softer than a pillow, lighter than air — pizza


In honor of pi day and a nagging pizza craving, I finally got around to making an oat-flour-based gluten-free crust I've been ogling since veganmofo.


The crust was pretty easy to make, though it did involve some (optional) rising time since it was a yeast crust. I got the recipe here. The original was topped with tempeh tikka masala, but I just made a regular old pizza with tomato sauce and a quick cashew cheese sauce. And topped it with lots of sliced onion and aleppo pepper. I also added crushed rosemary to the dough.


The crust (focaccia) was just as Richa described it — soft, thick, light and with no resemblance to gluten-free baked goods. But, it was almost too soft and light for me. I kept wishing I had just eaten it plain, as bread, instead of using it for pizza. I was craving something heavier and chewier — more like the toothsome gluten-y crusts I used to make. Sigh. Richa's recipes are great, and this is not meant to slight her lovely crust at all, but I was needing a different texture the day I made the pizza. Next time I'm craving something soft and pillow-y, though, this is the recipe to which I will turn.


The extra-soft texture may have involved user-error because as I studied the step-by-step photos on Richa's blog, her dough looked much softer than mine, so I added a bit of extra water so mine would look more like hers. I'm going to try the recipe again, aiming for a stiffer dough, to see if I get a firmer result. The pie was definitely a beauty, though, and I can assure you I ate every bite. You should try it. A big thank you to Richa for all her inspiring recipes!

Have you ever been disappointed by a cooking result because, even though it was beautiful and tasty, it didn't match what you were craving?

20 comments:

  1. Yummy looking pizza! I don't make pizza at home but I'm always slightly disappointed when the thin crust I ordered isn't quite as thin and crispy as I was expecting. Even tho it tasted fine, it still feels like an itch waiting to be scratched. :-)

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    1. Pizza is one of those foods that causes cravings, and the pizza has to match the demand! :)

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  2. Hello Healthy! YES YES YES!! Simple goodness!
    Before I became vegan I wondered if I'd have to give up my favorite food pizza. It's been a delight that the answer was no. Can't wait to attempt this.

    Nubianveganess.com

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    1. Cheese is often the last stumbling block for many transitioning to a vegan diet, but these days there are lots of options. No deprivation for us!

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  3. I like my crusts super thin. I am fortunate to not have gluten issues though I do try to eat less gluten in general. Love your choice of toppings.

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    1. I like both thin and crispy and thick and chewy, but thick has really always been my favorite. Before I realized that gluten was my tummy torturer, I used to make the best crusts!

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  4. Wow, for some reason that over-the-top onion pizza looks really good! And, I would take a soft, pillowy crust any day over one more dense. Looks like a winner to me.

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    1. If I'd had broccoli and/or mushrooms in the fridge, that's what would have been on the pizza. But, I LOVED the onions — so sweet and delicious that I may have changed my mind about my favorite pizza toppings. Can't imagine a softer, lighter crust than this one!

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  5. I would be completely jealous of you right now if I hadn't already eaten pizza for dinner last night. Store-bought, glutenous, lazy-person pizza (with peppers and onions). I'm such a Richa fan too.

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    1. Well, I would be jealous of you! If I weren't afraid of evil stomach distress, I'd be eating a glutenous store-bought pizza too. I think there were a couple of days last week where I ate pizza for three meals a day. I really wanted pizza. :)

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  6. Oooh nice take on Pi day. I have NOT eaten pizza in a long time and therefore am very jealous. Onions are a great topping choice. Love the spices sprinkled on too.

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    1. I bought a jar of aleppo pepper last time I was at Penzey's and it's now my favorite topping.

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  7. Such a beautiful pizza! And all those onions. I think I need pizza for breakfast. And oat crust sounds pretty great, too.

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    1. I think I would happily eat pizza for breakfast most days.

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  8. Oh this looks beyond amazing! We are always wanting to try new pizza recipes. this looks great!

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    1. If you like trying different pizza recipes, you shoul go to Vegan Richa and look at hers. She's got ore than 30 different ways to make pizza!

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  9. That looks so good! I must try the crust.

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    1. I just made it again with a few changes to the crust and different toppings. Pizza seems to be on my mind a lot. :)

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  10. Awesome. I am glad you made it. It definitely will work to serve up as focaccia. I developed that recipe after requests for a light and airy gf crust. you can make this one with less baking powder and make it thinner. Also, the teff crust is dense and chewy. :)

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    1. The crust was definitely light and airy! I tried making it again with less starch, and I'll look at the teff crust next.

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