rice flour produced by grinding polished rice (bran and germ removed) into
a powder. It can be used as a thickening agent for sauces and
White rice flour is also very popular for the
preparation of a variety of Asian noodles. It's used in some baked goods,
such as cakes, cookies, and dumplings, but because the flour contains no
gluten, it is not suitable for baking yeast breads. It must be combined
with wheat flour in order to attain the properties of gluten elasticity
necessary for yeast dough to properly rise. Additives are available
to replace the gluten for those that are Celiac or gluten
intolerant. That additive is usually xanthan gum.
White rice flour contains high levels of protein, but it
contains much less vitamins, minerals, and fiber than brown rice because
the bran and germ has been removed.
This type of flour has a wide variety of uses such as
baby foods, sauces, gravies and cosmetics.
Below is a recipe using white rice flour
that happens to be gluten free.
Gluten-Free Oregano Garlic Pizza Dough (Makes 1 large 16 inch pizza)
¼ cup Garbanzo Fava Flour
¾ cups white rice flour
½ cup tapioca flour
1½ teaspoons xanthan gum
¾ teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
¾ cups lukewarm water
1½ teaspoons Saf-Instant yeast
2 egg whites slightly beaten
½ teaspoon vinegar
1-tablespoon cane juice crystals
1 tablespoon oil
Add sugar and yeast to lukewarm water and set aside in a warm place to
foam (approximately 5 minutes). Using two medium bowl, mix all the dry
ingredients in one and the liquids in another.
Then combine both the dry and the liquid
ingredients and mix at high speed for three minutes. Pour and spread the
batter on top of a large non-stick pizza pan and let it rise for 20 to 25
minutes in a warm area.
When finished rising, place the batter
crust in a preheated 400 oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the
dough has shrunk slightly away from the side of the pan and can be easily
removed form the bottom of the pan. Remove the dough from the pizza pan
and let it cool on a wire rack.
When cooled, add pizza toppings and bake
at 450 for 8 to 10 minutes until cheese is melted.