Tapioca flour has really turned out to be one of my two favorite flours for gluten-free baking, brown rice flour being the other. Tapioca flour, if added in the right quantity, can add so much structure to baked goods in the absence of gluten. I say in the right quantity because too much of it can turn your dough tough as a brick.
So how do we keep baked goods from turning out too dense when using tapioca flour? Get a “loose” flour into the mix like almond or coconut flour.
After the dry ingredients are thoroughly mixed, add the wet ingredients in – egg, water, and any oil of your choice. Stir everything together with a wooden spoon until it comes together into a workable dough.
Turn your ball of dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead on it just until it becomes smooth and a bit elastic. You should end up with something like this.
Set the dough on a lightly oiled and flour-dusted baking pan and press it out into shape.
Press from the center going out to the edges to keep the thickness of your crust even throughout.
Pre-bake the crust for about 5-7 minutes at 425F before topping your pizza.
Another good thing about using tapioca flour for pizzas is its neutral flavor, which goes well with any choice of toppings.
Finish baking your pizza for about 20 minutes at 425F.
This crust came out crisp but perfect for holding up those toppings without crumbling apart.
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Tapioca flour is an extremely common flour for gluten-free cooking and one that I’ve used in many other recipes as well, such as Brown Rice Flour Pizza Dough and my Gluten-Free Sicilian Pizza. The main reason for this is that it is a very versatile flour that is also easy to work with.
For that matter, tapioca flour is sometimes considered to be the best performing gluten-free flour out there and often ends up being a staple ingredient for many people.
The flour itself comes from cassava roots and is actually a type of starch, rather than what we would typically consider to be flour. As a starch, tapioca flour tends to be extremely low in nutrients. But, it is also low in calories and has no sugar or gluten, which are all key advantages.
Like many other options, the goal of using tapioca flour isn’t to get nutrients. Instead, the flour offers an effective way to recreate many traditional dishes, including cakes, cookies, sauces, jello and yogurts. As a result, you can make many types of food with tapioca flour that you might have to avoid otherwise.
In terms of flavor, tapioca tends to be mild, with a slightly sweet taste. This makes it a good complement to many different types of food and is another reason why you find tapioca flour used over and over again in recipes.
Tapioca flour is well-known for being versatile and this also extends into the area of diet. In particular, the flour can be used on a wide range of different diet types, something that isn’t true for many other gluten-free flours. For example, tapioca flour is acceptable for anybody on the paleo diet or most autoimmune diets.
The low calorie count also makes this an especially good flour for people who are trying to lose weight or simply decrease their calorie intake.
In fact, the main diet type that can’t use tapioca flour is a keto diet, because the flour is relatively high in carbs compared to other options. But, this isn’t a strict restriction. Instead, whether or not you can use tapioca flour comes down to how many carbs you can have per day and the specific recipe that you’re using.
For example, some recipes may use tapioca flour and still result in relatively low carbs per serving – especially if other types of flour are also used. So, that type of recipe could still work for you.