As a Udi’s Gluten Free Community Leader, I’m always on the lookout for ways to save our community members money. That’s why we’re having a live chat on Thursday 8/29 about ways to save money on a gluten free diet. (If you miss out the chat, you can still read the questions and comments at the Udi’s Gluten Free site here.)
I’ve found that a lot of people who are new to being gluten free immediately rush out to an expensive health food store not realizing that your local grocery store or discount store has a huge variety of gluten free foods. Not only that, but they’re from brands you know and trust, like Chex, Bisquick, Betty Crocker, and Pillsbury. Best of all, many are very affordable and easy to use. Case in point, the new gluten free dough just introduced by Pillsbury:
- Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: 14.3-oz. tub, makes approximately sixteen 2" cookies, 110 calories per serving, MSRP$4.49.
- Gluten Free Thin Crust Pizza Dough: 13-oz. tub, makes one 10" pizza crust, 170 calories per serving, MSRP $4.99.
- Gluten Free Pie and Pastry Dough: 15.8-oz. tub, makes two 9" pie crusts, 250 calories per serving, MSRP $4.99.
These are starting to be available in Target stores nationwide and will be available in most grocery stores soon.
Pillsbury Gluten Free Thin Crust Pizza Dough
Since I still don’t have the energy to make dinner most nights, my husband, Paul, was the one who cooked with the Pillsbury Gluten Free Thin Crust Pizza Dough. He said it was super easy to roll out. (He struggles rolling out the whole wheat premade dough he gets from the store since it has a tendency to bounce back.)
However, he felt that if he had followed the directions, he would have burnt the crust. To initially prebake it, he cooked the crust for 7 not 12-14 minutes. To bake the prepared pizza, he felt that 9 instead of 10-12 minutes was enough. So keep an eye on your pizza to make sure you’re not over cooking it. Also, the edges do have a tendency to curl up.
I liked that it was a thin crust pizza. The dough was crisp, not soggy, even after sitting around for a while. It had a slightly sweet taste, which was tasty. And unlike a lot of gluten free bread products, it wasn’t gritty. However, the true test was how the pizza tasted cold. The cold crust wasn’t soggy or tough. It wasn’t super crispy either, but pleasantly chewy. Besides pizza, this would be a terrific gluten free dough to use for party flatbread appetizers or mini pizzas.
Pillsbury Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
My 10-year-old daughter, Lucie, is the resident cookie maker, so I let her test out the Pillsbury Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough all by herself. She used a small cookie dough scoop (approximately 1 tablespoon) and spaced out the cookies 2 inches apart per the directions. She likes flattening the dough slightly with her fingers, otherwise she followed the directions exactly.
I found the cookies were quite delicious and chewy, even after being stored in the refrigerator for several hours. They were only slightly gritty. What I also like about the gluten free cookie dough is that because the tub is good for a couple of months, you can bake up a couple of fresh cookies for yourself or your child in a toaster oven. Don’t know about you, but having a big batch of cookies sitting on the kitchen counter tempts me to overindulge.
For more information on Pillsbury Gluten Free Dough including recipe inspiration, visit pillsbury.com/products/gluten-free.