Recipe: Buckwheat Pizza (Gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan)


Living on a gluten-free diet can be tough when you’re craving a pizza; I have only come across one gluten-free frozen pizza so far (and it was bearable, at most). The ready-made, coeliac-friendly bases available in some shops are most definitely hit-and-miss. But, fear not, my gluten-free friends! I came across an excellent ingredient to make your own gluten-free and utterly delicious bases: buckwheat flour! Quick and easy to prepare, it creates a thin and crispy base of GF dreams, and adds a slightly nutty flavour which is so delicious that I would recommend it to gluten-free and gluten-eaters alike!

Don’t be put off by the long ingredients list – the majority of the ingredients are staple items that you probably already have in your kitchen (i.e. olive oil, salt, pepper, herbs, eggs). Also, by replacing the eggs with more olive oil and warm water, and using vegan cheese, this pizza is vegan-friendly!

 

You will need:

For the base:
400g buckwheat flour (get some in Holland & Barratt, £1.99 for 500g)
4 eggs (get organic, free-range whenever you can!) – use a little more olive oil and warm water to make the dough wetter for a vegan base
2 tbsp of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce:
Passata
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
Garlic (either 1 clove finely chopped or 1 tsp garlic granules)
Salt and pepper to taste

Toppings (all optional):
Mozzarella (grated or in lumps – or both!) – get vegan if you like
Mushrooms (as many as you like, really)
1 pepper, cut into slices

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C.
  2. Add the buckwheat flour, eggs, olive oil and salt and pepper to a bowl and knead together using your hands.
  3. Dust your counter with some buckwheat flour (enough so that the dough doesn’t stick) and place half of the dough on top.
  4. Dust the top of the dough with more buckwheat flour so it doesn’t stick to your rolling pin, and roll it into your desired shape, which should be around 1cm thick.
  5. Repeat this for your second base.
  6. Lightly coat your oven pans with olive oil to stop the bases sticking, then place your bases in the oven to cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare your sauce by mixing together the passata, salt, pepper, oregano, basil and garlic in a bowl, and chopping up any toppings you’re adding.
  8. Take the bases out and pour on the sauce, then add your toppings.
  9. Put your pizzas back in the oven for another 20 minutes/until all toppings look cooked.
  10. Take your pizzas out of the oven, slice them up and enjoy!

 

[Sinead Sweeney]

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