Laura’s Favorite Gluten Free Pizza Dough

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Here is my recipe for my favorite gluten free dough. Laura’s Favorite Gluten Free Pizza Dough is a lighter but thicker crust that gets a nice crisp edge and bottom and has a chewy texture like a wheat crust. Say goodbye to soggy gluten free crusts when you use this dough!

Substitutions for some of the gluten free flours

The Ryze flour, which I cannot seem to find lately, can be replaced with 1 to 1 guten free flour or half white rice flour and half brown rice flour. If you do sub for 1 to 1 that contains xanthan gum, just be sure to omit the xanthan in the recipe. Most gluten free blends do contain it already. I loved Ryze flour gluten free blends, because they didn’t contain it!

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flours

I like to stock my pantry with several of my favorite flours from Bob’s Red Mill. I keep their gluten free sorghum and millet flours on hand, brown rice flour and white rice flour, as well as tapioca flour (also know as tapioca starch), and Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour.

Although we love to use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour in many of our recipes, pizza dough made solely with it can’t compare to a glutinous dough.

So, why do pizza doughs require so many different flours?

Well, it is to attain the best taste and texture for the pizza! I love sorghum flour in pizza, because it gives a wheat like taste. If you used only rice flour the taste would be completely different.

As well, the tapioca gives my favorite doughs a lighter texture as well as holding the dough together well. Rice flour and cassava flours tend to bring a crispiness to the crust.

The recipe makes three smaller doughs

Laura’s Favorite Gluten Free Pizza Dough recipe makes three smaller crusts that you can use for pizza or for flatbreads.

This is the best gluten free pizza I have ever eaten! It holds together when topped and has a beautiful taste and texture.

You can prepare this dough in the morning or the day before and wrap and refrigerate for later use in the evening or up to the next day. Just be sure to use within 24 hours of making the dough.

Reheat the leftovers and retain a crisp crust

This pizza reheats wonderfully if you have leftovers. Just place slices on a tray or foil and heat in a convection toaster oven or the oven on 375 degrees for 4-7 minutes. The slices will crisp up again nicely.

If you need a great tasting pizza sauce recipe, check out my Best Easy Pizza Sauce recipe

~Laura

(updated 2/24/24)

5 from 1 vote

Laura’s Favorite Gluten Free Pizza Dough

Prep Time: 30 minutes, plus 30 minutes rest time, and rise time of 3-5 hours
Bake Time: 8-9 minutes prebake time, 8-10 minutes of bake time with toppings **, ***
Servings 3 9 1/2 – 10″ crusts

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups (167 grams) Ryze Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Flour Mix or gluten free 1 to 1 flour blend, or half white rice flour and half brown rice flour
  • 1 1/3 cups (167 grams) sorghum or millet flour gluten free
  • 1 1/3 cups (167 grams) tapioca starch gluten free
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons xanthan gum (omit if using a blend that contains xanthan gum for a third of the flour)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (8 grams) yeast gluten free
  • 1 tablespoon (17.5 grams) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 3/4 teaspoons (17.5 grams) salt
  • 1 tablespoon  sugar 
  • 1 3/4 cup (400 grams) cold water
  • gluten free cornmeal for dusting the baking stone

Instructions

To Prepare:

  • In a bowl of a stand mixer, mix the Ryze flour or gluten free 1 to 1 flour blend, the millet or sorghum, and the tapioca starch, yeast, xanthan (if using), salt, and sugar until well combined. Add the cold water and mix on medium for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the oil and mix for 2 minutes more. Let the dough rest at room temperature for 30 minutes, covered with a towel.
  • Divide the dough into 3 equal dough balls (using a scale if you have one). Place each ball on a small parchment square drizzled with olive oil. The dough will be soft and a bit sticky. Use wet fingertips to smooth the top of the dough balls, then drizzle olive oil and rub across the top.
  • Wrap the dough balls in cellophane and Place on small trays (or one larger tray) and wrap the trays in cellophane or seal in a large ziploc bag. Refrigerate at least 3 hours, but preferably not more than 24 hours before using.
  • Let come to room temperature for 1 hour before making pizza or flatbreads. When ready to proceed, flour a  board and press the dough into a 9 1/2 or 10" circle for each pizza.
  • Preheat a pizza stone or baking stone in the oven at 450 degrees. When the stone is preheated, sprinkle with cornmeal, and slide the crust onto the stone. Poke holes in the crust with a fork. Prebake for 8 – 9 minutes or until slightly golden. Add a drizzle of olive oil, sauce, and pizza toppings and bake for 8-10 minutes more or until browned to your liking. 

Notes

**For a flatbread using olive oil instead of pizza sauce, roll or press into a 10- 12″ round. Top and bake the flatbread at 450 degrees for 10 – 14 minutes. You do not need to prebake before topping.
***For cooking a pizza in a pizza oven, I like to start the topped pizza at 700 degrees. Turn down after one and a half minutes or so, to 550 to keep the top crust and cheese from burning. Bakes in 3-5 minutes in a pizza oven. You do not need to prebake. 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: dough, gluten free pizza, pizza dough

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  1. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, what a winner! I love this recipe. I made the dough in advance and froze it in three freezer bags, following the Notes on the GF Flatbread recipe (https://mamalauraskitchen.com/gluten-free-flatbread-with-brie-apple-and-caramelized-onions-and-honey-drizzle/). It was really nice to have it made ahead of time, and it even meant I could take the dough with me on a trip to visit my friend who has Celiacs!

    The only tricky thing was that the dough was extremely sticky –– maybe I didn’t need to add the xanthan gum? The stickiness made it hard to spread the dough out. I also wasn’t sure on GF cornmeal… I found Bob’s Red Mill cornmeal, but it doesn’t explicitly say GF, so I wasn’t sure if I could use it or not. I ended up putting the dough on parchment paper instead, and that worked well.

    Now to the best part: the result! The pizza came out AMAZING. The dough was crisp and chewy –– it had more heft than a razor-thin crust pizza, which was excellent and provided a solid foundation. The flavor was fantastic as well, even tasting great alone –– that’s the sign of good dough! I found the pizza quite delicious, even compared to glutinous pizzas. I left the third dough ball with my friend to enjoy pizza another time, but it was hard to do since I liked it so much. I can’t wait to make this again!!

    1. Laura Sampson Author says:

      Hello! Thank you for the comment and review! I’m sorry the dough was extremely sticky. I am in the process of coming up with some revisions since we no longer can find the Ryze flour blends that do not contain xanthan gum. I have made this using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Flour for the Ryze flour. I’ve also have just used half Bob’s Brown Rice Flour (GF) and Bob’s Sweet Rice Flour (GF) for the Ryze flour. Some of the flour blends may contain too much cornstarch and or xanthan and may be too sticky. I have found this is the case with Cup 4 Cup flour blends.
      Can I ask if you floured the board before trying to work with the dough? If you have a well flour board and you gently press with floured hands or lightly wet finger tips you have better luck. Then once you get the dough to the correct diameter, slide it onto your cornmeal dusted pizza peel, clean board, or straight onto your pizza stone. Then top your pizza and bake.
      The gluten free cornmeal I use is Safeway Organics Organic Cornmeal (Gluten Free). It’s certified gluten free and I use it for all of my cornmeal needs. It makes great polenta too (often it’s hard to find a gluten free polenta). If you need it finer for any recipes, just pop into a Vitamix or food processor.
      Happy you loved the end result of the pizza! I too love the crisp and chewy crust.
      So generous of you to leave a dough ball with your friend! I share this (when I’m feeling generous with friends and my husband). All the gluten eating friends love it also!
      Thank you so much ~ Laura

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  1. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, what a winner! I love this recipe. I made the dough in advance and froze it in three freezer bags, following the Notes on the GF Flatbread recipe (https://mamalauraskitchen.com/gluten-free-flatbread-with-brie-apple-and-caramelized-onions-and-honey-drizzle/). It was really nice to have it made ahead of time, and it even meant I could take the dough with me on a trip to visit my friend who has Celiacs!

    The only tricky thing was that the dough was extremely sticky –– maybe I didn’t need to add the xanthan gum? The stickiness made it hard to spread the dough out. I also wasn’t sure on GF cornmeal… I found Bob’s Red Mill cornmeal, but it doesn’t explicitly say GF, so I wasn’t sure if I could use it or not. I ended up putting the dough on parchment paper instead, and that worked well.

    Now to the best part: the result! The pizza came out AMAZING. The dough was crisp and chewy –– it had more heft than a razor-thin crust pizza, which was excellent and provided a solid foundation. The flavor was fantastic as well, even tasting great alone –– that’s the sign of good dough! I found the pizza quite delicious, even compared to glutinous pizzas. I left the third dough ball with my friend to enjoy pizza another time, but it was hard to do since I liked it so much. I can’t wait to make this again!!

    1. Laura Sampson Author says:

      Hello! Thank you for the comment and review! I’m sorry the dough was extremely sticky. I am in the process of coming up with some revisions since we no longer can find the Ryze flour blends that do not contain xanthan gum. I have made this using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Flour for the Ryze flour. I’ve also have just used half Bob’s Brown Rice Flour (GF) and Bob’s Sweet Rice Flour (GF) for the Ryze flour. Some of the flour blends may contain too much cornstarch and or xanthan and may be too sticky. I have found this is the case with Cup 4 Cup flour blends.
      Can I ask if you floured the board before trying to work with the dough? If you have a well flour board and you gently press with floured hands or lightly wet finger tips you have better luck. Then once you get the dough to the correct diameter, slide it onto your cornmeal dusted pizza peel, clean board, or straight onto your pizza stone. Then top your pizza and bake.
      The gluten free cornmeal I use is Safeway Organics Organic Cornmeal (Gluten Free). It’s certified gluten free and I use it for all of my cornmeal needs. It makes great polenta too (often it’s hard to find a gluten free polenta). If you need it finer for any recipes, just pop into a Vitamix or food processor.
      Happy you loved the end result of the pizza! I too love the crisp and chewy crust.
      So generous of you to leave a dough ball with your friend! I share this (when I’m feeling generous with friends and my husband). All the gluten eating friends love it also!
      Thank you so much ~ Laura

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