The next time I used Bob’s Red Mill GF Pizza Dough mix. It was less fluffy, but still somewhat doughy in the center. The outer crust came out perfectly, but towards the middle it was somewhat mushy. I used the baking time in the middle of the range suggested on the package, so next time I’ll let it go for the entire time, maybe a minute or two more, keeping an eye on the crust so it doesn’t burn.
Alright, fine, it definitely doesn’t look like this in NY.
See the bumps? The instructions said to use a hand stand mixer, which I’m conveniently priced out of right now, so I did the best I could with my own two hands. Maybe I could have had the patience to mix it a little longer, but hey, I was tired.
On the whole, I’ve never been disappointed by a Bob’s product. I use his all-purpose GF flour, xantham gum, steel cut oats…everything is just very good quality. It also doesn’t hurt that Bob is the man, and I’m happy to support his operation. Did you know that he left his entire company to his employees – on his 81st birthday?
Next comes the sauce. I usually make my own sauce with diced tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and spices, but I cheated this last time with the help of Woodstock Farms. They have a plain tomato sauce with no added anything – there are only three ingredients, all organic: tomato puree, onion powder and garlic powder. It’s a little sweet, so I added some other spices (oregano, basil, more garlic powder). Sometimes opening a can really is that much easier than starting from scratch.
The picture below is a sauce I made way before I even had a blog. My friend Penni was so confident in my blogging future, that she started to photo document meals we would cook together. Guess she was onto something… thanks, Penni
Sauce from Pizza Picnic, January 2011
Pizza Picnic? Yeah, if you come to my apartment for a meal, be prepared to eat it on the floor. I do it up real nice with a blanket, wine, the works, really – the only thing I can’t offer you is a table to enjoy everything at. At first I was embarrassed about not having much furniture, but everyone seems to really love the picnics. I’m starting to accumulate some more stuff though, and I don’t know how everyone is going to react when there isn’t room to spread out for a picnic anymore. I better prepare for the backlash. Or to move some stuff into the hall.
Back to the actual pizza – next comes the Daiya. Daiya is the best vegan cheese I’ve tried – it really does melt and tastes great. I personally think it’s a little salty…which may be why I can’t stop eating it. There are several other brands of vegan cheese out there, but I like Daiya the best for pizza. It’s not a soy based product like many others are, instead the main ingredients are GF flour and oil.
Doesn’t it even look like there is actual pizza grease on there?? GF vegan pizza at home is definitely a time commitment – so think about preparing the dough ahead of time. The first time I made pizza with Penni, we didn’t realize that starting the dough at 7pm meant not eating until almost 11pm. Oops. Totally worth it though!