Posted on | March 31, 2012 | 1 Comment
Chebe sent us this pizza mix to test out, and I couldn’t wait! I’m a huge fan of their foccacia bread, cheese bread and breadsticks, and hoped this gluten free pizza crust mix was up to par. It retails for around 3.49 and makes a medium sized crust.
Preparing this pizza crust was very similar to their other cheese bread mixes. I added a cup of hard cheese (mixture of parmesan and pecorino), an egg, and milk. I mixed the dough with a fork, and then kneaded it by hand until it formed a smooth ball.
Pressing the pizza dough in the pan proved to be a bit challenging, since the dough was thick and firm. I used the heel of my hand to spread the dough and with some patience and muscle, was able to get the dough fairly uniform in thickness. I also created a thick edge for a crust, something I usually don’t do with other gluten free pizza crust mixes due to the thinner, more elastic texture. I topped the pizza with peperoni, white onion and mushrooms.
The pizza baked for 20 minutes and smelled wonderful! I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into it. The included spices in the crust really smelled good. Unfortunately, the flavor of the crust turned out to be way too strong for my toppings. The garlic and onion flavor, which reminded me of their breadsticks, really competed with my marinara sauce and veggies. It just didn’t taste good and I felt this gluten free pizza crust mix would be better as a stand alone breadstick or cheesebread. If you want to try this as a pizza crust, I would suggest mild toppings with no extra seasonings.
The texture was reminiscent of their breadsticks as well, crunchy and firm on the exterior edges and the bottom of the crust, with a soft, thick, doughy center that added a nice bit of chewiness. I wouldn’t classify this mix as a traditional pizza crust mix, but I did enjoy the combination of crunchiness and chewiness it offered.
Overall, I enjoy Chebe bread mixes, but this pizza crust was not a winner for me
Rating: 3 stars
Pros: great crunch and chewiness, easy to prepare
Cons: mix contains very strong seasoning, which competes with toppings.
Ingredients: manioc (tapioca) flour, modified manioc starch, iodine free sea salt, garlic, onion, oregano
Nutritional Snapshot ( 1/10 of mix): 70 calories, 0 g fat, 103 mg sodium, o g fiber, o g protein
Want to try this mix?
This mix may be purchased individually from vitacost.com or amazon.com: