Gluten Free Detroit Style Pizza Crust! Thick, chewy, & delicious, this pizza is easy to make at home. Wheat free, dairy free, + so good.
Have you ever had a Detroit Style Pizza? This gluten free pizza crust is about to become your new favorite. It’s thick, chewy, with a ring of crispy cheese wrapped around the outside and fluffy dough holding it all together.
I may be biased in my opinion, being a Michigander myself, but Detroit Style Pizza is amazing and I can’t wait for you to taste this hidden gem of a pizza.
Free from: wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, fish, shellfish, soy, sesame, peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, corn, celery, and more
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What is Detroit Style Pizza?
Most people think of pizza as round with a thin crust or deep dish. But here in Michigan we have a different take on pizza: Square, thick, inside out, and ten-thousand percent delicious!!
Made in square baking pans and seasoned with olive oil, the crust becomes crispy on the outside with the most amazing chew on the inside. The toppings are placed inside out on the crust, to maximize flavor into the crust – perfect for gluten free! Cheese is piled high on the outside edges of the crust to make a cheese crown (yes, that’s what it is called). Finally, the sauce goes on top.
How to Make Detroit Style Gluten Free Pizza Crust
Begin with making your dough. This dough is slightly different from other gluten free pizza crusts out there in that it is a wetter dough, almost batter like in consistency. Don’t panic! We want it to be that way.
Start by proofing your yeast and sugar in warm water, somewhere between 100-110F. Let it rest for 10 minutes to activate.
Now add the rest of the water, olive oil, and the egg. Give it a gentle mix.
Pour the gluten free flour directly into the middle of the bowl and don’t mix. Add the baking powder to one corner of your flour mountain, the salt to another corner, and the apple cider vinegar to the third corner. We don’t want these ingredients to directly come in contact with the yeast mixture as it is too powerful. By using the flour as a medium, everyone is gently incorporated.
Mix all the ingredients together well and don’t be afraid if it looks too wet! Cover with a towel and set aside in a warm spot of your house for about an hour.
After an hour, the dough should have risen to double in size.
Preheat your oven to 425F.
Prepare your square or rectangle 8×10 or 9×13 pan with a generous amount of olive oil. Don’t forget to go all the way up the sides of the pan.
Place your dough in the prepared pan and gently press to the edges.
Pop the un-topped dough into the oven for 15-17 minutes or until the dough has poofed up. Remove from the oven and gently release the pizza crust from the pan with a spatula. If your pan needs more oil, give it a little more before placing the pizza crust back in the same pan.
Now you begin to top your pizza, remembering to go inside out for authentic Detroit Style Pizza!
First the meats (if using), then any fruit or vegetables, followed by lots of cheese. Make sure that you place a healthy amount of cheese directly up against the sides of the pan. This will form the cheese crown.
Finally, top the pizza with a few spoonfuls of sauce. Tradition says to place it in 2 or 3 lines down the pizza, but I like to get a little more fancy with my sauce drizzle.
Pop it back in the oven for another 12-15 minutes to let the cheese melt.
Remove from the oven and cut into 8 large square slices and enjoy!
This saves really well in the fridge for up to 3 days.
To freeze this pizza, make the crust as directed up to the point of topping the pizza. After you have par-baked the crust, the crusts can be wrapped and frozen for up to 3 months. To bake from frozen, let pizza crust thaw for a few hours in the fridge before topping and baking as directed.
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Allergy Variations for Gluten Free Pizza Crust
This crust is naturally gluten free, soy free, dairy free, nut free, fish free, and more.
To make your own flour blend, make sure you check out my Gluten Free Flour Mix! It is allergy friendly and bakes up delicious gluten free recipes!
Need to make this without any nightshades? Make sure you check out my Tomato-Free Pizza Sauce!
Can you make this crust egg free? My guess is yes, with a flax egg. I have not tried this variety yet so if you make it this way please let me know your results!
To keep the entire pizza dairy free, make sure you top with a dairy free cheese or don’t use any cheese at all.
Did you make this recipe?
- 1 ½ cup warm water, divided
- 2 tsp yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 egg
- 2 ¼ cups gluten free flour
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- In a large size mixing bowl, combine yeast, sugar, and ½ cup warm water. Let rest for 10 minutes to proof.
- After proofing, add remaining water, egg, and olive oil. Stir to combine. Add the flour, apple cider vinegar, salt, and baking powder. Mix until a thick batter is formed. Cover with a towel and let rest in a warm spot for one hour or until doubled in size.
- Pre-heat your oven to 425°F. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish with olive oil.
- Place your pizza batter in the prepared baking dish. Gently press the batter to all corners. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the crust no longer looks wet.
- Remove from the oven and top with toppings, beginning with meats and veggies, followed by cheese, and finally with pizza sauce. Remember to place the crown of cheese around the edges!
- Place back in the oven for another 12-15 minutes or until toppings are fully cooked. Remove from the oven, cut into 8 square slices, and enjoy!