When I think of comfort food I think of pizza. For several years I was not eating gluten or dairy and I missed pizza more than anything, I spent countless hours trying to create the perfect gluten free pizza crust but it was always so complicated and really didn’t compare (however I will post a pizza crust recipe for gluten free folks soon and it is pretty good). When I started eating low gluten containing foods again pizza was immediately back on the menu - not Domino’s pizza of course, Malakai style pizza with a lot of pizzaz. I use whole spelt flour which has a lower gluten content then wheat flour and goats milk cheese which is easier to digest. I love to make creative pizzas that are not just your traditional pepperoni and cheese - in my opinion the more creative you get with your pizza the yummier it usually becomes! So the keys to a healthier pizza: 1) stick to a healthier crust, 2) be sparing with the amount of cheese you use and try to pick a good quality cheese - preferably know where it is coming from, 3)use a variety of fruits and vegetables!
PIZZA WITH PIZZAZ- ROSEMARY PEAR WITH GOAT BRIE
-3 1/2 cups whole spelt flour
-1 tbsp instant yeast
-1 cup very warm water
-pinch of salt
-chopped fresh rosemary
-thinly sliced pear
- Put the yeast in a bowl with the water and let it sit for about 10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
- Measure out the flour in a separate bowl and add the salt.
- Pour the yeast/water mixture into the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until it makes a dough.
- Kneed the dough for about 8 minutes on a floured surface, adding a little extra flour if the dough is too sticky.
- Place the kneeded dough in an oiled bowl and cover it with a dish cloth for about half an hour or until it has doubled in size.
- Roll the dough out into the shape of your pan with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface. If you want to make a crust then make it slightly larger than the pan size.
- Transfer the rolled dough to a lightly oiled pan. If you are making a crust begin rolling in the edges in a circular motion until you have gone all the way around the pan.
- Bake the crust at 350 degrees for about 7 or 8 minutes.
- Add toppings to the pre-baked crust and bake again for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
- Cool, slice and serve!
P.S. I have now arrived at Kripalu and boy is it good to be back :)