Can a gluten free pizza base stretch to the demands of a Saturday night? Let’s find out right now.
The pack contains a mere 145g of dry mix, so a modest pizza is on the cards. In place of the typical gluten and wheat we have
- Potato starch
- Rice flour
- Tapioca starch
- Stabiliser (Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose)
- Rice Bran
- Flour Treatment Agent (Ascorbic Acid)
Add to the dry mix 100ml water and 1tbsp olive. Tesco suggests using and electronic mixer at medium speed to bring it all together, but I go for the alternative: hand power.
The dough feels odd to me (due to no gluten) and puts me in mind of fondant. Will this dough roll out as instructed? No, it won’t. Giving up the rolling pin I place the mixture on a baking sheet and lightly press it out to fill the available space. This pizza will be thin. Okay, leave in a warm place for 30 minutes to prove (it doesn’t move after twice as long). Oh no! I have a bad feeling now. Ryvita anyone?
After almost 90 minutes there is some movement in the dough but not so much that the untrained eye might notice (kitchen temperature today is 27°c so I can hardly blame that). The toppings have to go on now and keeping it simple I choose tomato paste base…
and plenty of moz-zar-ella, sliced tomatoes, dried mixed herbs and olive oil…
Hey, it looks like a pizza! Bake in a preheated (220°c) oven for about 15 minutes (more on this later). At this point, I admit, my hopes were not high. The whole ‘free-from’ idea has been something ‘other people did’. Is that fair? Doubtlessly I will bake and review other, similar products in the interests of balance but for now let us see the end result of this Tesco dough…
Fifteen minutes at the stated temperature is not long enough. This pizza took twice that time to become slightly golden and nowhere near crispy. Disappointing. Do I expect too much from dough that lacks all the basics? Eating the pizza restores some faith if only because the toppings add much needed flavour to a bland baked base…
It could have been lovely. It could have been tasty. It wasn’t.
Score 2/5 (not for me).