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Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Pizza Delivery from Dominos

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Recently I was asked whether I’d like to try the new gluten-free pizza delivery from Domino’s. Free pizza, that’s gluten-free? Sure!!

I asked the PR people whether they could guarantee that it would be dairy-free as well and, after a few emails, decided that it sounded safe to try. Apparently, Dominos have spent the past four years developing their gluten-free (and dairy-free) pizza base and it’s endorsed by Coeliac UK. They also say that, because all Domino’s pizza are made to order from scratch, you can have a pizza that’s dairy-free, too. When I asked for confirmation that there wouldn’t be any cross-contamination, the PR lady came back with the following –

One team member will take ownership of each gluten-free pizza from the start to the end of the makeline. The gluten-free bases are made in dedicated central production facilities and every gluten-free base is stores in a sealed pouch before use. Before opening the base, the team member must wash their hands. New pizza screens will be used where possible. If not, the screen will be visually checked to ensure it is clean before a gluten-free base is placed on it. We have carried out extensive testing to prove that any gluten on the screen does not transfer to the gluten-free pizza. Fresh sauce, a clean spoodle and a clean cutter will be used for all gluten-free pizzas. Within each store, a manager or appointed person will conduct a hot rack check to confirm pizza is on the correct base, correctly topped and boxed before it is sent for delivery. I believe that this should remove the issue of cross contamination with dairy, as anything that goes on/near the base is washed thoroughly.

Sounds all good, I thought, and went onto the website to order. Unfortunately, though, I couldn’t make the website work (and got a little confused anyway, because the g-f symbols arent consistent). So I called up my local branch and… 15 minutes later… finally finished the call. The woman I first spoke to said that they didn’t do dairy-free. I asked to speak to someone else so she passed me onto another woman who said point blank that they didn’t do dairy-free pizzas. When I pressed her on this (saying that the PR people had asked me to try the pizzas and had assured me that dairy-free was possible), she said that she couldn’t give 100% guarantee that they’d be completely dairy-free. So we talked… and talked… and, in the end, she said that, yes, the team member will wash their hands before making the pizza and, yes, they will use a completely clean screen for it, and that all the equipment and the sauce is guaranteed to be fresh/clean. So I decided to give it a go…

I ordered the Chimichurri (chicken breast strips, red and yellow peppers with a drizzle of Chimichurri sauce – apparently this is the result of a competition on ITV’s This Morning). And I also ordered the Farmhouse (ham, onions, mushrooms) because I thought that Zoe would like it, and the Veg-a-Roma (sundried tomato & garlic sauce, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, herbs) because I love sundried tomatoes.

The pizza base was good. It’s crusty, it holds together well and, while it has a very bland taste, it does taste good (no obvious metallic or bitter aftertaste). And I liked the Chimichurri. The chicken was tender, the yellow and red peppers were really nice, and the sauce was was punchy and garlicy – great. Yay! A good-tasting gluten-free and dairy-free pizza that you can get delivered!

But when I tried the Farmhouse and the Veg-a-Roma, I was disappointed. The Farmhouse had hardly anything on it, and mostly tasted of the tomato sauce, which wasn’t particularly good. Pizza-loving Zoe tried it but didn’t want to eat anything other than the ham on the top. And the Veg-a-Roma again had very little toppings on it, and I didn’t think it tasted particularly of a sundried tomato & garlic sauce, but more of a sugary-sweet tomato sauce with slightly bitter green peppers.

Domino’s tell us that, while some gluten-free products attract a premium, Domino’s gluten-free pizza will be charged at the same price as its other pizzas. Which is great. But what seems to happen when you order it without cheese, is that they don’t make up the shortfall at all. So you end up with a pizza which can feel overpriced for what you’re getting. The Chimichurri is £13.99 which seemed fine because I liked it. But the Farmhouse (£11.99) and Veg-a-Roma (£13.99) didn’t.

So all in all, yes, the pizza’s seem to be safe for anyone who’s gluten-free. And, if you make sure the staff at your local branch understand that they need to be just as careful in terms of dairy-free, it seems to be safe, too. But it would be great if Domino’s would look at what they could do to add extra to the cheese-less versions…

Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Chargrilled Pepper & Tomato Pizza

I made pizza for Zoë’s 4th birthday party this year. We had 16 little ones running around our home and garden and Zoë had a great time. (The mess at the end, though, was jaw-droppingly terrible!) Most kids love pizza – and it’s one of Zoë’s absolute favourites. Of course it’s delicious but it also makes a great finger food meal for them when they’re learning to eat, so they usually start eating pizza from an early age and know that they love it.

We didn’t do a formal sit-down tea, so the pizza worked well (along with hummus, carrot and cucumber sticks and ice cream) as they could run around, dipping into the food whenever they wanted. I also made a Pink Dragon Cake – but I’ll tell you about that another time…

gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, seed-free, citrus-free

Serves 2     Preparation time 25 minutes, plus 1 hour rising     Cooking time 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp passata
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 80g/2¾oz/scant 1 cup drained, bottled or tinned chargrilled peppers oil, cut into slices
  • 50g/1¾oz Parma ham, thinly sliced
  • 8–10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 30–60g/1–2¼oz/⅓–⅔ cup soya cheese, shaved

Pizza Dough:

  • 85g/3oz/scant ½ cup brown rice flour, plus extra for rolling the dough
  • 85g/3oz/¾ cup gram flour
  • 30g/1¼oz/¼ cup maize flour
  • scant ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried active yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  1. To make the pizza dough, sift the flours, xanthan gum and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the yeast and, using a metal whisk, mix thoroughly. Add the oil and mix in. Pour in 100ml/3½fl oz/scant ½ cup warm water and, using either a wooden spoon or your hands, mix to form a soft dough. Alternatively, sift the flours, xanthan gum and salt into a food processor. Add the yeast and blend to mix together. Add the oil and blend well. Add 100ml/3½fl oz/scant ½ cup warm water, a little at a time, and continue blending to form a soft dough. Process for 3–4 minutes to aerate the dough. Put the dough in a clean bowl, cover with cling film and leave to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/gas 7 and line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Turn the dough out again onto a lightly floured surface and knead a little, then shape it into a ball. Flatten the dough slightly, roll it out into a large circle about 5mm/¼in thick and neaten the edge, using a sharp knife, if you like. Transfer the dough to the baking sheet.
  3. Put the passata and tomato purée in a bowl and mix well, then spread it over the pizza base and sprinkle with the peppers, ham and tomatoes. Bake for 12 minutes until the base is starting to turn brown and the tomato sauce is bubbling. Remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle the cheese over the top, then return to the oven for 3–4 minutes until the cheese has started to melt. Serve immediately.