Yesterday, I was talking to Sean about my craving for good gluten-free pizza, and he started singing the jingle for the Pizza Bagels commercial from the 90s. It was then that an idea popped into my head: "What about pizza in a biscuit?"
An idea was born. I decided to really make pizza-in-a-biscuit, and my toppings of choice were sauce, Mozzarella cheese, spicy Italian sausage, and eggplant Parmesan.
This is a marvelous idea: grease your cupcake pan; line the bottom and wall with a thin layer of biscuit dough made from the recipe below, put in sauce, cheese, and other favorite toppings; cover with a thin layer of the same biscuit dough; and bake according to direction.
These biscuits are so light and buttery; paired with pizza toppings, and they could not be any better!
Other things you can make with this dough: plain biscuits; pie crusts (sweet and savory), and cinnamon-raisin biscuits. Yes, cinnamon-raisin biscuits! Just flatten out the dough, spread softened butter that has been mixed with brown sugar and cinnamon powder, sprinkle some raisins on top, roll it back up, cut into 1-inch slices, and bake for 15 minutes at 450 degrees F.
Pizza in a Biscuit
Yields: 9 pizza biscuits if you use a standard cupcake pans
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
For the biscuit dough:
2 cups multipurpose gluten-free flour of your choice; I used Bob's Red Mill
1 teaspoon xanthan or guar gum (I prefer guar because it costs 50% less than xanthan!)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 stick (4 Tablepoons) salted butter, diced into pea-sized cubes and chilled
1 cup milk
Toppings: You will need at least pizza sauce and Mozzarella cheese.
Have a bowl of warm water ready because you will need to re-wet your hands constantly.
1. Grease your cupcake pans; I did this with olive oil.
2. Put all of the dry ingredients together, and whisk to combine. Add in the butter and stir with a spoon or your hand to distribute evenly. Your butter doesn't need to melt or soften; it just needs to be coated with the dry mixture evenly.
3. Add in the milk and mix with a spoon until the mixture comes together.
4. With wet hands, line the bottom and sides of each cupcake cup with a layer of dough; it should be thin enough to still leave a cavity for your sauce, but not so thin that it won't rise. I'd say make the dough about 1/4 of an inch. Be sure to leave enough dough behind to cover the top later!
5. Spoon in some pizza sauce, sprinkle in some Mozzarella cheese, and other toppings of your choice.
6. Cover each cupcake cup with a a thin layer of the biscuit dough. It does not need to cover completely because you want the fillings to peak through once they're baked.
7. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
8. Remove from oven and let sit for 15-20 minutes, as the pizza biscuits will be easier to remove when they're not piping hot.
9. Run a sharp knife around each pizza biscuit, remove from pan, and serve.