If you love pizza, you will love these gluten free crispy muffin tin pizzas. Kids will find them especially fun! There's nothing better than biting into a crunchy, flavorful dough then into the soft center filled with gooey cheese and savory sauce.
Making the Gluten Free Pizza Dough:
Preheat Oven to 450 degrees.
Combine flour, xanthan gum, sugar, salt and baking powder if you can use it. If not, you will add alternative later. Stir to combine.
Add water and baking powder substitute if you have not already added baking powder.
Blend first with a whisk, then with your hands until it forms a dough. Add more water if necessary a little at a time. Roll dough into a ball.
Dough will be sticky. You will cover the top and bottom with flour before rolling it out.
Tear off a large piece of parchment paper and generously spread flour all over it. Place ball of dough on paper. Add flour to top of dough. Press down with your hands, then using a rolling pin - I prefer a small one - roll out dough fairly thin into the shape of a rectangle. Use a knife to cut it into that shape so the edges are even.
Assemble the Pizza Rolls:
Remove spinach from freezer, place into a colander and rinse under hot water until it defrosts. Place colander on a paper towel and allow to drain. If spinach is still too wet, gently squeeze it with your hands to remove excess water.
Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce onto the rectangular dough. I had leftover sauce that I made myself. Sprinkle with oregano.
Next, add small slices of mozzarella cheese and then spinach. Lay the cheese longwise in the opposite direction you are going to roll.
Carefully roll the dough into a log. Watch video for this procedure. Using a bench scraper or, if you don't have one, a sharp knife, slice the pizza rolls into sections.
Spray olive oil into muffin tins and spread on the bottom and sides with a brush. Place each pizza roll into a greased muffin tin. Spray tops of pizza dough lightly with olive oil.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes. I prefer my pizza darker so mine may look burnt but they weren't. If you like yours lighter, cook less time.
Remove from oven and allow to cool about 5 - 15 minutes before eating. Be careful, especially when serving to children, as inside can still be very hot, mainly the cheese.
Serve and enjoy. If desired, you can dip into hot marinara sauce on the side.
Gluten Free Pizza Dough:
2 1/2 cups Gluten Free Flour - I prefer King Arthur's Measure for Measure
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder or alternative - 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup water - more a little at a time if necessary
1 cup Marinara Sauce - I make my own - click for recipe
Fresh Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Frozen Spinach thawed and drained
1 teaspoon oregano or more if desired
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