Pillsbury Gluten Free Pizza Dough Kid Friendly

Yesterday I posted my experience with Pillsbury Gluten Free Cookie Dough.  Today, I will talk about my experience with the Pillsbury Gluten Free Pizza Dough.  When we were nons (a non allergy family) I would make a kick-butt BBQ chicken pizza using Publix pizza dough.  If you haven’t tried it and like to make homemade pizza, I implore you to try Publix’s pizza dough which can be found in the refrigerator case in the bakery. It is more than just a conduit for cheesey, sausey goodness.  The Publix dough is tasty, soft and bubbles up nicely.  Dare I say that it is better than many frozen pizza crusts out there that can taste a bit like cardboard.  In short it is yum, but like 99% of things sold in any grocery store bakery my daughter, who has a peanut and tree nut allergy, cannot eat it.  Those pesky warning lables always remind us that anything in the bakery may have come in contact with peanut and/or tree nuts and we always err on the side of caution.  After buying Pillsbury’s gluten free cookie dough and being happy with it, I was happy to see Pillsbury has gluten free pizza dough.  I made a cajun shrimp pizza with a creamy white sauce and the topping was delicious!  The kids liked the crust especially my non-allergic son but my husband and I were not crazy about the crust.  It was hard on the outer edges and gummy toward the center.  The dough had a sweetness to it that I attribute to the tapioca starch, brown sugar, and rice flour which was somewhat pleasent but the texture was too much for me and I just ate the toppings off the crust.

In all fairness, it may be user error on my part.  I used a pizza stone and the directions did not address the use of one.  Also, the dough is very sticky out of the tub, reminiscent of cookie dough.  The directions instruct you to oil your hands, the surface you roll the dough on and the dough itself.  Perhaps I overdid it on the oil.  The dough warms up quickly and gets even sticker then.  It was unworkable at one point and like normal pie crust, I balled it up and put it back in the fridge to chill.  Perhaps that rendered the death knell.

I might try it again, if I had a coupon.  These gluten free products are not cheap…they run in the $4.00 – $5.00 price range depending on your region and store for a 15oz tub.  I would not use the pizza stone this time and I wouldn’t re-chill the dough which means I would need to work quickly.  Like I said, the kids enjoyed it and that would make it worth it.  Perhaps mini pizzas for the kids would be a fun way to go.

It is worth a try and perhaps you’ll have better luck with it.  If you try it, let me know how you like it!

2 thoughts on “Pillsbury Gluten Free Pizza Dough Kid Friendly

  1. The crust may work better if you pre-cook it with out the toppings for a few minutes to give it a head start on cooking. The toppings could then be added and that would lead to a crisper crust. I have done that in the past with boxed pizza dough.

    1. That is a great suggestion and you are absolutely right. Pillsbury says to pre-bake the crust in directions on the tub which I did. I really think the pizza stone was the kiss of death for it. Thanks for the comment Nannette!

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