My mother-in-law, (Margaret) is one of those ladies who is full of incredible talents and skills yet will hardly give you a chance to praise her. She is a wonderful woman. I find her a bit of a wonder at times. She and my father-in-law raised my husband and his sister in a truly picturesque village in the heart of Southwest England. It's hardly a short drive to be on the beautiful nearby beach. On the other hand, I grew up in one of the largest cities in America - Portland, Oregon. Both are wonderful, yet, I can't help but notice things I find "quaint" about the life my in-laws lead and raised my husband with.
|(totally armature shot) on the hill overlooking the beach near the village|
One recipe that Margaret makes often which Dan loves is her pizza. Okay, so its not dairy free. But honestly, if you are dairy free, you might have local alternative cheeses you can use so I'm posting this anyway. Me? Well, I cheated. I don't have reactions from dairy so a treat every so often isn't worth fretting about. Since we have gone gluten free, Dan has missed having the pizza. It is very easy to make being yeast free. Although the crust isn't "springy" like some, its got a wonderful crust to it which we love. It is so tasty. As for the sauce, all but the onion is my mother-in-laws recipe. I learned on American's Test Kitchen recently that if you add grated onion to a tomato base, it will naturally sweeten the mixture meaning you don't have to add sugar to balance the acid in the tomatoes. Brilliant. I've told you how in the recipe. I've tried a few pizza crusts since we went gluten free and I can assure you they were nothing short of d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r. Recently, I decided to see what would happen if I simply replaced the wheat flour with gluten free flour. Nothing changed. It is still the same! Success! It was delicious and Dan ate the rest for lunch the following day wanting to know when I'll make it next. Try it, then thank my mother-in-law. She doesn't remember where she got the recipe from. She thinks she just made it up. Genius. I give you, Pizza Margaret...
*Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Yeast Free, Nut Free, NOT Dairy Free.
*Serves 2-3 with sides accompanying, can be easily doubled, freezes well.
Tomato Sauce -
1 400g or 15oz can crushed tomatoes (mine were citric acid free)
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 medium onion grated (optional)
If you have a ready-made sauce you want to use instead, just skip this simple step. On this occasion, we didn't take the time to use an onion in the sauce which tasted great anyhow but its amazing with one! Grate half of an onion by hand (or in food processor to keep from crying) and place in small pot on low heat. Sweat onion for 4-5 minutes until translucent. Add oregano and using a regular table spoon, transfer spoonfuls of the crushed tomatoes into the pan leaving behind about 1/4 can worth of juice when finished. (Or, simply toss it all in and take the time to reduce it in the pan.) Turn up the heat to medium and continue to stir it occasionally until it has reduced to a good consistency to spread on your pizza. Turn off the heat and set aside to cool while you make your crust and prepare your toppings.
8 oz Plain Flour (ready-made gluten free mix or wheat or white flour)
4 oz Margarine / soft butter (I used an olive oil type)
1 tsp oregano
pepper to taste
Using a scale, place flour in a bowl with margarine. Using your fingers, rub in the margarine until the mixture looks crumbly (like picture). Add oregano, pepper, and eggs in and stir up with a fork or fingers. If needed, add 1/2 tbsp of flour at a time to mixture until it no longer sticks to your hands when held. Spread it into a 9 inch pan at about 1/2 inch thick (I used a spring form cake pan) using your fingers to press it level into place all the way to the edges. Don't be a perfectionist, the crust looks level when its baked! My husband said the only thing he'd change would be to perhaps make the crust even thinner (which would probably bake faster).
|get a bit more crumble texture to your mix |
before adding eggs
After your sauce is made and your crust is in your pan, spread a nice layer of the sauce onto the crust as close to the edge as you can get to prevent browning. Then, add your toppings! We put on mature cheddar cheese (fyi, we live 20 mins from Cheddar, England). We also added some roughly sliced ham and fresh sliced spinach. I finished off with a grinding of pepper on top... or should I say... my husband felt the urge to use the pepper grinder for the "finishing touch". :-)
|you can tell I just threw it all on and |
it tasted amazing
When your pizza is built, place it in a pre-heated oven at 350F/180C/Gas4. Check at 20 minutes. It will probably need 30 minutes to cook perfectly. Great with a side salad and some small boiled potatoes.
Yum! Not sure how long we will wait to have this again! The flavor combinations are endless! Please comment if you try this and what you put on top. I'd love more ideas!