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Pilsbury’s Gluten Free Pie and Pastry Dough

Today I tried Pillsbury’s gluten free pie and pastry dough. First may I say, awesome.

I baked the crust in a sheet for use in a napoleon. In places is was thicker than I would have liked and I was concerned it would crumble. However it did hold together well. The crust also had a very good flavor, important when a dish depends on its crust. In fact a little cinnamon and sugar and it would be a pretty passable cookie or at least a sweet(ish) treat.

Pillsbury GF P&P Dough

When you open the tub the product inside is a bit like very thick instant Mash Potatoes. The instructions say to kneed the dough until smooth and it no longer crumbles. It also says to roll out the dough between parchment paper. I agree with that. I used cellophane instead of parchment and it was a bit sticky. Parchment would be better.

Here are a few pointers to make your first attempt more successful than mine.

  • Place a damp paper towel between the counter and the first piece of parchment paper.
  • Kneed in your hands like play-doh not on the counter like bread. Really work it, the more you kneed it the easier it will roll out.
  • Roll the dough thinner than you think you will need.
  • Pastry beads will not be needed if blind baking the crust
  • Cook the crust a few minutes past when you are afraid it will burn
  • The done crust will been soft hot out of the oven but will crisp up after a few minutes on the counter.

It is definitely a product I will use again in the future. Probably OFTEN.

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Luke’s Multi-Grain & Seed Crackers

Luke's Multi-Grain & Seed  Crackers

A crisp cracker with a hearty flavor. I found these crackers to be tasty on their own as well as with a mild cheddar, both plain & flavored hummus, and tzatziki.

They were crisp enough to hold up to spreading and dipping, but not so hard you felt like you were eating cardboard. I defently want to try some of the other styles.

We found these at our local Costco.

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving size 1 oz (28g/about 12 crackers)

Calories 140 cal
Calories from Fat 45 cal
Total Fat 5 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 85 mg
Total Carbohydrate 19 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 5 g

INGREDIENTS
Luke’s organic grains & Seed blend (brown rice flour, millet flour, quinoa flour, amaranth flour), organic potato starch, Luke’s organic oil blend ( sunflower, safflower and/or red palm olein), organic chia seeds, organic red quinoa seeds, sea salt

Check out these and other tasy looking products at Luke’s Organic.

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Glutino Toaster Pastries

My good friend and recent GF buddy sampled the Glutino strawberry Flavored Toaster Pastry and has given the product two exuberant thumbs up.

He said ‘they were yummy, tasted like the more mainstream offering (maybe a bit better). The crust was firm but flaky, huge plus. The pastry had a very pleasant Red flavor and the crust had a subtle buttery-ness. Another Plus, the Red and the crust flavors were distinct enough to have independent flavors.’

Strawberry

Strawberry

Apple Cinnamon

Apple Cinnamon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glutino lists an Apple Cinnamon and a Strawberry flavor.  Both have no glaze wich is something I really like these days. If you are looking for a GF toaster pastry give this a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix

I have been telling my friend El about how I want to do some product reviews even though I have not got around to it yet.  Now that I’m not fussing over T-Day and NaBloPoMo is over for Nov., I have started getting together some of the products I want to review.  So El and I were at the store later that day and I was telling him how I wanted to make cornbread for my Sunday gang to with the Ham & Bean soup I was making.  He got this mix and asked for a report.  So here it is.

Hodgson Mill Cornbread Mix

Hodgson Mill Cornbread Mix

This was one of the “just add liquid and eggs” mixes. It mixed up a little thicker than I’m used to and could not be poured. It didn’t make a difference  to taste of texture.  I happen to have a cast aluminum (wish it was a small cast iron) cornbread pan so the choice of what to cook it in was a no brainer for me, but the mix gave instructions for both a cake or a muffin pan.

Cornbread

Cornbread

20 minutes in the oven at 350F and I was smelling cornbread!  The texture was crumbly and dry. Like you want when you’re serving it with broth soups or beans. The taste was what my Tennessee raised father would expect from cornbread. This reminded me of the southern style cornbread I grew up eating.

Sundays Bean Soup & Cornbread

Sundays Bean Soup & Cornbread

This company also makes a sweet yellow corn bread mix that I want to try and make a comparison between the two.

I have never seen this brand before so I took a few minutes to look at their website. Wow they make 25 different gluten free products.  I was very surprised and pleased with how they are using solar and wind energy.  They seem to be a company with standards they truly stand by.

Hodgson Mill, Inc.,1100 Stevens Ave., Effingham, IL 62401

 

 

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Glutino Bagel Chips

Glutino Gluten Free Bagel Chips

Glutino Gluten Free Bagel Chips

We had a box of the Glutino gluten free bagel chips this week as a chip for Hummas.  I must say I really like this as an alternative to bagel chips. I love bagel chips for several different things.

I found that it has the right texture and taste and it looks like a bagel chip.  These were the original style we tested, but I have also seen the Parmesan & Garlic & Cinnamon & Sugar Bagel Chips.

Something I did was crush them up in a mortar and pastel and used it to bread fish (the Garlic Parmesan is a very good compliment) before frying.  It came out with a nice ‘crusty’ coating.  You do have to have the oil a little on the hot side however. Its also great as a topping for macaroni & cheese. I bet these would also make great mini pizza snakes.  Hmmm Off to the test kitchen,

These are not your little light weight chip. They have got structure.  We found them wonderful for a cold feta cheese dip my friend makes.  Hummas? Num.

There are several other flavors as well.  Check em out.

From the Gultino Website

Glutino Bagel Chips

Glutino Bagel Chips

INGREDIENTS: Bagel (tapioca starch, corn starch, potato starch, egg whites, cane sugar, canola oil, dried egg whites {egg whites, yeast, citric acid}, salt, guar gum, glucono-delta-lactone, yeast, pectin, sodium bicarbonate, sodium alginate, modified cellulose), vegetable oil (contains one or more of the following: sunflower oil, high oleic canola oil), salt.

(Sorry for the poor photos.  I will update them when I can)

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