Saturday, 27 September 2014

Pizza - Using mixes or baking from scratch?

For years I have used the following Pizza base recipe which is free from – wheat, dairy, egg, soy and corn. It does mean cooking from scratch but I find it's by far the tastiest we've tried.

Prep Time - 15 minutes
Cook Time - 25 minutes

  • 1 Tablespoon dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup brown rice flour 
  • 1/2 cup potato flour/ tapioca flour 
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning (optional)
  • 2/3 cup warm rice milk (or your choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar (optional)
  • Extra rice flour for sprinkling

It's great - but there are no other options you can buy, premixed and infinitely tastier than the ready made bases which cost a fortune in the supermarket.

  1. Isabel's Pizza Base Mix This has been recommended but Recipe Resource followers on Twitter as one of the best. BUT - and it's a MASSIVE "but" ... it contains milk powder. Which excludes us and many others I know. As a recipe for coeliacs it sounds great however, the same is true of the Glutafin mix.

  2. If you receive Juvela mix on prescription, there is a recipe on their website here

  3. Orgran have a multi mix you can use to make pizza bases, a little more straightforward than the Juvela recipe, and you can purchase their mix online from Goodness Direct, FreeFrom for Kids or Ocado.

  4. BobsRedMill Gluten Free pizza base mix. This is one I have tried, it is free from most major allergens but again, there is a "but". It is not milled/produced in a certified nut free environment. The ingredients are in the picture below.

So there are alternatives, but we still like our original recipe! Here's how you do it:-


  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees . In medium mixer bowl using regular beaters (not dough hooks), blend the yeast, flours, xanthan gum, salt, and Italian seasoning on low speed. Add warm milk, sugar, oil, and vinegar. 
  • Beat on high speed for 2 minutes. (If the mixer bounces around the bowl, the dough is too stiff. Add water if necessary, one tablespoon at a time, until dough does not resist beaters.) The dough will resemble soft bread dough. 
  • Put mixture on a greased 12-inch pizza pan. Liberally sprinkle rice flour onto dough, then press dough into pan, continuing to sprinkle dough with flour to prevent sticking to your hands. Make edges thicker to hold the toppings. 
  • Bake pizza crust for 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Top Pizza Crust with sauce and your preferred toppings. Bake for another 20 to 25 minutes or until top is nicely browned.
Suggestions for toppings:-
  • Tomato sauce and fresh cherry tomatoes, sprinkled with Redwood Cheezly Dairy and Soya free cheese.
  • Spinach with the above
  • Vegusto Melty (if tolerated) cubed and added on the top to resemble a Pizza Express Pizza
  • Shredded chicken and sweetcorn
  • If you are allowed eggs, a poached egg and spinach are a great combination on top!

Thanks to members of our Facebook group for providing the photo and Twitter followers for excellent advice!


  1. I am crazy on pizzas at the moments but has to be the ones 500cals or less for me, looks yummy.x

  2. I use both mixes and cooking from scratch - all depends on the time!

  3. I am not a big fan of pizza at all, I don't know why, I've just never liked them very much x

  4. Have you ever tried Meatza? It's pretty cool...

  5. I adore pizza ~ I must make more of my own form scratch

  6. It looks great, we never eat Pizza at home though, not sure why x

  7. I've never made pizza from scratch but we do have a dough mix we plan on trying so everyone can put on their preferred combination of topping.

  8. I love pizza....but have never actually made it at home! Just try one day

  9. Whaaaaaat, that pizza looks incredible! I always try to make things from scratch but sometimes I'm so thankful packets exist from the money and time perspectives, it just makes life easier!

    Sara | This Girl Loves

  10. That looks really tasty! I love making pizza from scratch and usually get the kids to make their own too!

  11. We make pizza bases from scratch but of course it contains wheat flour. At least when you make your own you can keep a close eye on the ingredients.

  12. I'm sure it's always best made from scratch, it looks amazing!

  13. Being someone that isn't particularly fond of cheese, the day I found I could make my own pizza changed my life! There is no comparison between shop bought and homemade. Thanks so much for joining in with #FoodieFriday x

  14. Pizza - lovely recipe! Just pinned!
    Visiting via the #FoodieFriday linky

  15. What a lovely recipe and healthy too.Where can you buy xanthan gum and what is the purpose of it??

  16. Xanthan Gum is a binding agent which does the job gluten would usually do in the flour. It's sticky and binds it together.

  17. I love making homemade dough and love getting the kids involved. Your pizza looks delicious x #FridayFoodie

  18. This might just be enough to sway my tween to eat pizza!, found you via #foodiefriday


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