Pizzas are such an easy thing to make at home during the week, and many supermarkets and stores have DIY pizza kits available to buy which help to simplify the process. But what happens if you are gluten free? The properties of GF flour are different to ‘regular’ flour, making standard recipes you find online or perhaps have used for years difficult to convert.
Being more conscious about what we’re eating due to a number of health issues recently I decided to try out a gluten free base mix I picked up at Alternative Stores. This place is a treasure trove for those who are vegan; selling everything from toothpaste to shoes. If you aren’t in the Newcastle area you can browse their selection online instead. Orgran have many products which are suitable for those with a range of dietary requirements. I have a great vegan Yorkshire Pudding recipe using their egg replacement powder here.
It was also the first time I’d seen the vegan cheese Zizzi use on their dairy free pizzas available for sale, so decided I would also give this a try. MozzaRisella is made from germinated brown rice and is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and those who have a problem with lactose. It is very strange to cut the cheese in a similar fashion to those horrid processed sausage meat you get from the supermarket!I found the Orgran Pizza and Pastry Multimix instructions very easy to follow and there was enough to make two bases. I felt the texture of the crust was the same as Pao de Queijo, which is traditionally made using tapioca flour. I personally found it quite chewy for a pizza base and wondered if I’d somehow made a mistake during the process. The MozzaRisella was placed on the top of homemade tomato sauce and put in the oven. I found it to melt well compared to other dairy free cheeses we’ve used in the past. It was a slightly sweet taste, which may not be to everyone’s taste. It doesn’t hold itself as well as regular mozzarella, as you can see from the above photos. I think a grated version would probably work better for a more even distribution of cheese over the base. Still, it far exceeds others I have used in the past and definitely acts in the way you’d expect a melty cheese to.
It is great to see more stores offering vegan and gluten free options to help making cooking at home easier, especially for time pushed mums like myself. I will continue to update you on our Facebook and Twitter pages when I encounter products I think are worth trying out.
Thanks for reading,