Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gluten-Free Pizza-Crust Recipe : Low-Carb and more!

Gluten-Free Pizza Crust : "Flour" Free!

[by Kate — guest gluten-free blog author

Cauliflower-Based GF Pizza Crust

Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, and Vegetarian Pizza Crust Recipe

[mike's intro]: Kate has been quite creative with her latest gluten-free diet recipe that will have you wondering how a pizza-crust that doesn't contain "flour(s)" can exist and be such a delicious low-carb (lacto) vegetarian alternative to "regular" GF pizza crusts.  The photo of her finished pizza (above) should certainly whet your appetite and arouse some intrigue!

In addition to publishing her recipes on this GF blog and on our Gluten-Free Recipes Library, Kate will also be publishing her latest gluten-free recipes on her new "Kate's Guide to Your Inner Foodie" blog that she recently created.  Below are excerpts from her newest and fantastic pizza-crust recipe work along with links to the full recipe and discussion on her blog.  Enjoy! [m]

Kate's Cauliflower Pizza Crust story...

I've always heard that bacon is the hardest things for vegetarians and vegans to give up and, also, the hardest food for them to continue to resist eating through the course of their commitments to either diet. I think pizza is that evil, siren of a food for a lot of Gluten Free and Low-Carb eaters. In fact, I know that many people who have gone Gluten Free due to Celiac Disease or other issues crave pizza so much that they dream about it at night.

Happily, dreams can come true--at least in the realm of pizza consumption--regardless of whether you're eating a Gluten Free and/or Low-Carb diet through the versatile miracle that is cauliflower.

[... see full article on Kate's site for omitted full text/discussion ...]

Cauliflower Gluten-Free Pizza-Crust Ingredients
  • 1 Medium-Large Head Cauliflower, broken down into Florets
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 C. soft herbed Goat Cheese; plus more for topping
  • 1 Tsp. dried oregano
  • Fennel Seeds; to your taste
  • Smoked Sea Salt; to your taste
  • Black Pepper; to your taste
  • TOPPINGS--chopped spinach; goat cheese; mozzarella (fresh or shredded); organic red sauce; minced garlic; sundried tomatoes; fresh basil (chopped)
[... see full article on Kate's site for Gluten-Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe Directions and more wonderful commentary and pictures...]

[mike]:  For the simple fact that, as Kate stated in her blog, "let me say that this Cauliflower Pizza Crust is simply amazing",... everyone that wants a great gluten-free pizza-crust will certainly need to consider this recipe.  And, if that was not good enough, I think many people that want to live a lower-carb, blood-sugar and diabetic-friendly diet (in addition to gluten-free) will enjoy this fantastic pizza-crust option for both reasons.   Thanks Kate!  I hope to post this to our recipe library soon.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

What is Dow Wellence™ Gluten-Free Additive Made From?

Dow: Promising Better Gluten-Free Breads

Have you seen the advertisements for Dow's Gluten-Replacement?

You know the gluten-free market is growing when companies like Dow take notice. And, if you are like me, over the past few months you may have seen ads from Dow (Chemical Company) talking about their breakthrough ingredient that makes gluten-free baked goods better than ever. Well, these ads are referring to a Gluten Replacement product from Dow Wolff Cellulosics called: WELLENCE™ GLUTEN FREE.

[Update: 2017: I notice Dow also has other gluten-free plant-based stabilizers now like WALOCEL; I have had quite a few bread products in the UK/EU that use these or similar types of methylcarboxycellulose / Carboxymethylcellulose or CMC for short (all the naming variations get confusing) products and they are utterly fantastic and superior to Xanthan Gum and other such gums!. Breads made using these, like the UK's Genius Bread gluten-free bread products, are just incredibly like the real thing!]

Dow is pitching this as a "plant-based cellulose that mimics gluten attributes and helps gluten-free bread, pasta and dough taste more like the real thing". Or, in their more marketing-hyped Dow Wellence Gluten-Replacement description (at time of this writing):
"Finding a suitable replacement for gluten to create high-quality gluten-free foods has been a significant challenge for the industry. Wellence™ Gluten Free is a plant-based food ingredient that mimics the water-absorbing and structural capacity of gluten—allowing food manufacturers to create best-in-class gluten-free foods that satisfy the dietary needs of consumers without compromising on taste, look, or feel."

OK, so what exactly is Wellence Gluten-Free Made From?

I was curious to find out what this "plant-based cellulose" gluten-replacement is derived from. And, honestly it took some digging around to locate anything in detail. Their video ad talks about how "green" and "sustainable" of solution this is, how nothing else in the market offers the qualities their gluten-replacement does, and so forth. But, what is it exactly?

I finally located the answer in, of all places, their "Wellence Gluten Free 47129 Raw Materials Origin" technical documents (link). And, this is what it comes down to (per Dow's documentation, quoted here, that I was able to find at the time of writing this blog entry):
"Wellence 47129 parent materials are water-soluble polymers derived from cellulose, the most abundant polymer in nature. Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose and carboxymethylcellulose, sodium salt products are manufactured from highly purified cellulose which is further modified to obtain the desired properties. The wood pulp used by the parent material of Wellence 47129 plants in Europe and North America is a high purity, specialty cellulose designed for chemical processes. These materials are manufactured in compliance with all local standards and requirements. Wellence 47129 parent material products produced in our plants in the United States and Germany are manufactured with raw materials from France, Norway, Canada, and the United States, depending on the specific grade being produced."
Yes, you read that correctly... Dow Wellence Gluten-Replacement is derived from wood pulp, essentially. But, do I care, or should you care?  That is a good question, and the answer depends a lot upon whether you believe modern chemistry is an ideal solution for a gluten-replacement, or whether you think we (with Celiac-Disease and/or gluten-free diets) should rely completely on more traditional replacements such as Xanthan and Guar Gum,... or perhaps better yet, for those like me that cannot tolerate such added gums, how about completely mainstream "normal" things like gluten-free whey-protein or gluten-free chia-seed or perhaps another favorite of mine: gluten-free plain non-fat Greek yogurt?

I am personally quite curious to see/try products that use this Dow product.  I cannot say I have seen anything in the store that specifically mentioned it on the ingredient label (not sure it would say Wellence - if that is required by license - or if it would just say "cellulose" or such).  I will keep my eyes open and try to find a loaf of bread or something with it in (instead of Xanthan and the usual gums), since perhaps my GI tract will not hate it as it hates gums!  That'd sure be a plus.  I am not too concerned about wood-pulp derivatives, no matter how odd it sounds.  But, honestly, the bulk of my baking/cooking will rely on those "normal" ingredients I mentioned earlier: yogurt, whey, chia, etc.

Continue to read this Gluten-Free Blog for all sorts of gluten-free recipes, product-reviews, and related information. In addition, visit my Gluten-Free Recipes Site where many of the recipes I have featured on this blog are available