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2 cup Tapioca Flour (or starch - same thing)
1 tablespoon Baking powder
¾ teaspoon Salt
1 cup Finely grated Cheese (I use Pecorino Romano for rolls and pizza. Use ½-1 cup sharp cheddar for crackers.)
3 Large Eggs
1 tablespoon Olive oil
3 tablespoons Milk
Mix dry ingredients and then add wet stuff. Mix together until it's the consistency of cookie dough or moist play dough. You might need to add flour or milk about 2 tablespoons at a time until it's right. It depends on humidity, how large the eggs actually are and other factors that I haven't figured out yet. You can refrigerate it at this point for up to an hour.
For rolls - you want it a bit on the moist side. Spray non-stick spray on your hands and shape into about 12 balls. (Or drop like drop biscuits.) Bake at 375F for 12-15 minutes.
For pizza crust - add a shake of garlic and a tsp. of Italian herbs to dough. You want it just a bit less moist than for rolls. You can either make it into one large pizza crust or 6-8 mini crusts. Put dough on cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. Spray a piece of plastic wrap and place on top of dough. Roll with a rolling pin to about 1/3 inch thick. (For mini pizzas you can just use your hands to pat down to the right shape and thickness.) Bake at 375F for 10-12 minutes, depending on size. Top with pizza toppings and bake until cheese is bubbly.
For cheese crackers - You want the dough to be more like Playdough. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes before rolling out. Roll out on a cloth well dusted with tapioca flour, about 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 1 inch squares or with mini cookie cutters. Bake at 375F for about 10 minutes. Watch closely and take out when crackers start to brown. Store in tightly sealed container.
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