gluten free deep dish pizza

Hello There! Longtime, no see!  Last week, I turned 25 and I took the week off.  I don't feel the least bit older, but I am semi-horrified that I'm no longer in that 18-24 category on surveys and paperwork and such... I thought about doing one of those 25 things about me, or 25 things that I've learned posts... but decided against it.

In my short 25 years, I can leave you with one thing.  I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that to live is Christ.  Nothing else is worth giving yourself to like Jesus.  Paul says in Philippians 1:21, "For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." When I am gone, I hope that people can look at my life and say for her living was Jesus.  I'm definitely not there yet, but I read a quote this week that reminded me that Jesus and loving his people is what I should be striving for most. Tim Kizziar said, "Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that really don't matter." I've always been successful, but maybe at the wrong things... This year, I want success to equal knowing and treasuring Jesus and loving his people more.  That's my goal for 25.  

So there's my two cents. Now, let's talk pizza. Gooey, delicious, gluten free pizza... Like the kind you find at some hole in the wall, mom and pop pizza place. In fact, this is my mom's recipe and I was ecstatic when she came up with it. As soon as I finished my first slice, I begged her to let me blog it cause good pizza is hard to find gluten free. While Udi's makes a great thin crust, I missed deep dish.  Plus, she adds a spicy pizza sauce that is simply out of this world. We made a supreme when we staged it, but you could make whatever your little heart desires... pepperoni, meat lovers, vegetarian.  Go crazy. 

Gluten Free Deep Dish Pizza

Ingredients:

Dough
2 packages yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
2 cups pizza flour (I use a mix of 5 cups brown rice flour, 3 cups sorghum flour, 2 1/2 cups tapioca flour, 1 cup potato flour, 1/2 cup millet flour, and 1 tablespoon of xanthan gum.)

Spicy Pizza Sauce
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Toppings
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1/2 red onion, sliced thinly 
1 green bell pepper, sliced thinly
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced thinly
8-10 slices Canadian bacon, quartered

Yields: 8-10 pieces pizza
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 

Method: 

1. For sauce, place all ingredients in a small pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes. Set aside 1 1/2 cups for pizza and freeze the leftovers in small quanities for other pizza nights. 

2. In a measuring cup, mix together warm water, yeast, and honey.  Let mixture sit 5 minutes or until yeast blooms and mixture is foamy. 

3. In a stand mixer, combine flour, salt, and xanthan gum.  Add oil and yeast mixture.  Blend until a sticky dough forms. 

4.  Grease a 9 X 13 inch baking dish or sprinkle a pizza dough with cornmeal. Scrap out dough and work dough out until flat. 

5. Cover pizza in sauce and toppings.  Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. Enjoy with a tall glass of sweet tea. 

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