I love the Pizza Ranch. They have an excellent buffet and their Cactus Bread is out of this world. I’m talking some major mouth-watering goodness. If you’ve never been to a Pizza Ranch – get in your car and drive until you see one.
However, for us the thrill of going to the Pizza Ranch is diminished by the fact that Travis can’t partake in their Cactus Bread. What’s Cactus Bread?
Imagine thick, puffy pizza/pie crust with sprinkles of cinnamon, melt-in-your-mouth streusel, and drizzled with white frosting that’s waiting to be licked off your fingers. It’s near perfection.
Except that it’s full of gluten. So, instead we make one at home. It’s good. Really, really good. It’s so good that I’m going to warn you – there is a lot of sugar in this recipe. Below is the original recipe, but we cut all the sugar in half and it’s still sweet enough to curl toes!
First, you need to make your crust.
Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Pizza Crust (makes 2 crusts) (egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free)
1 3/4 c. warm water (80-100 degrees)
1 T. dry yeast
1/4 c. cane sugar
1 1/2 t. salt
4 2/3 c. GF Flour Mix
3 eggs (or 4 1/2 T. egg replacer powder)
3 1/2 t. xanthan gum
1/4 c. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter (you can substitute this with coconut oil if needed)
1 t. apple cider vinegar
1. In a small bowl combine dry yeast and warm water. From the 1/4 c. cane sugar, measure out and add 2 teaspoons to the yeast water. Save the rest of the cane sugar for later use. Stir yeast water with a fork until dissolved. Place a folded towel over the top of the bowl and let sit (sponge) for 15 min. or until bubbly.
3. Grease your pizza pan.
4. Combine the remaining sugar, salt, GF Flour Mix, eggs, and the xanthan gum in mixing bowl and whisk until fully incorporated. Add the butter and vinegar to the bubbly yeast water. Pour the wet mixture in the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and mix on high for two minutes. The batter will start out soupy and then resemble a very thick cake batter.
Next, come the toppings. . .
Cactus Bread Pizza (makes enough for 1 pizza, or 2 if you want to spread out the sugary goodness) (gluten-free, nut-free)
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
3 T. cane sugar (you could easily sub stevia for this – just a sprinkle should do the trick (1/4 t. ish)
1 t. cinnamon
2 T. unsalted butter, softened
3 T. cane sugar (again – try about 1/4 t. stevia if you’re trying to cut out sugars)
3 T. GF Flour Mix
1/8 t. cinnamon dash of salt
1 T. milk (or coconut milk)
1 T. unsalted butter, melted
1/4 t. vanilla extract
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
2. Spread 2 tablespoons of melted butter over the unbaked pizza crust. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon over whole crust.
3. Combine struesel with a fork and sprinkle over entire crust.
5. Remove pizza and let cool while you are combining the frosting.
Then finally comes the best part – eating it!
P.S. Do you have a Pizza Ranch near you? A local favorite? Shout out their name and share your secret spot!
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