Posted on | November 10, 2009 | 2 Comments
I was so excited when Gluten-Free Naturals sent me an assortment of their gluten free mixes to try out, because I love gluten free pizza and there were TWO samples inside. Perfect! I tried one as a thin crust pizza and the other as a thick crust pizza.
The pizza crust mix comes in a glossy green package that is double bagged for freshness. The mix is 9.6 ounces and makes a large rectangular pizza or 14 inch round pizza, or a bit smaller if you want to try the thicker crust version. I loved that this crust does not require kneading or rise time, and is ready to eat in 30 minutes. That sounded perfect for me and my hectic evening schedule.
To prepare the pizza, combine the mix with oil, an egg and water. The dough is thick, a little sticky, and is the consistency of butter cream frosting. The directions suggest pre-baking the pizza for 18-20 minutes, then adding toppings and baking for another 5 minutes or so. For both the thick and thin crust, I found my crust to be ready for toppings after baking for only 15-16 minutes. If you try this mix, definitely keep your eye on it so it doesn’t over-bake.
Because this gluten free pizza crust is pre-baked, both the bottom and the top of the crust becomes crunchy and firm with a soft, bread-like middle, especially when used as a thicker crust. I liked how the crust wasn’t spongy or had that mealy, course texture other GF mixes have tried, thanks to the absence of rice flour. The pizza dough does rise a bit, but nothing too extreme. Prep hint: if you are making a thick crust pizza, under-bake for a minute or two to add a bit of chewiness.
The flavor was fantastic and paired well with both meats and vegetables. This gluten free pizza crust supported lots of sauce and toppings with zero sogginess and just a bit of crumbling. Nice! I also liked how this crust was not sweet, and didn’t compete with my favorite home-made pizza sauce.
Overall, I was fairly pleased with this pizza crust mix, and wouldn’t mind having an extra package on hand in my pantry. Was it my favorite gluten free pizza crust mix? No, not really. However, it is a solid mix that provides a great crispy pizza crust that tasted pretty good.
Pros: No sogginess or graininess, great as a thick or thin crust, mild flavor, not too sweet, crispy
Cons: Not that chewy, easy to over-bake
Rating: 4 stars
Ingredients: cornstarch, tapioca starch, sorghum, soy protein, corn flour, sugar, yeast, xanthan gum, baking powder ( contains sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, cornstarch and monocalcium phosphate), salt, soy lecithin, ascorbic acid ( Vitamin C)
Nutritional Snapshot (per serving): 120 calories, zero gram fat, 300 mg sodium, 1 gram dietary fiber, 2 gram sugar, 3 gram protein, 40% vitamin C.
Interested in trying this mix? Click HERE to visit the GFN ( Gluten-Free Naturals) website; they have a comprehensive list of online vendors and brick & mortar stores located in the U.S that carry their products.