Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pillsbury Gluten-Free Pizza Crust (Product Review)

Perhaps you were as excited as I was when, a few months ago, the people at Pillsbury announced that they would soon be selling gluten-free versions of their ready-to-bake pizza crust, pie crust, and chocolate chip cookie dough.  (I’ve tried Immaculate Baking Company’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough, and it’s quite good, but hey–you can never have too many options, when it comes to cookie dough.)  Perhaps you will understand the little thrill I felt when I discovered that these Pillsbury products have finally made their way this far south.

GF Dough

At my local grocery store, the pie and pizza crust dough are $4.69 each.  A little pricey, yes, but that’s to be expected when it comes to gluten-free products.  My big question was whether they’d pass the Foodie family taste test.

I started taste-testing with the pizza dough, which seemed like the easiest thing to try out, since it was Friday and that’s officially Pizza Night in the Foodie household.  The instructions on the package call for pressing the dough out into a large circle, pre-baking it slightly, then covering it with your favorite toppings and baking off the finished pizza.  Easy enough.  I pressed out the pizza on a cutting board, with the intention of transferring it to the pizza pan once I’d finished.

Bad idea.  The pizza crust started to tear the minute I picked it up–no stretchy gluten, as you’d have in wheat-based dough, so it really had no choice.  My mistake.  But I just balled up the dough and tried again, this time pressing it out directly on the pizza pan.  Then I pre-baked the crust and loaded it up with jarred sauce (bought ready-made at the store–it was Friday night, people, and even the Foodie has to cut corners once in awhile), cheese, and fresh basil from the back yard.  Here’s the pizza before baking:



And after a little more time in the oven:




What surprised me most about the pizza crust was how nicely it browned.  Gluten-free baked goods often suffer from a deeply unappetizing pallor, but this crust came out of the oven looking nice and toasty.  The edges were crisp and the crust held up well under the sauce and cheese, becoming just a little chewy but not, thank goodness, soggy.

The Boy prefers a thicker crust on his pizza, so he wasn’t impressed.  The Hubs and I, however, were very happy with this pizza.  It tasted home made, which was the goal.  And now that Pillsbury has made it easy enough to keep Pizza Night at the Foodie household gluten-free (at least for the Foodie, if not for The Boy), we’ll most certainly be buying this product again.


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