Before you get excited, I’ll confirm that Pillsbury gluten-free pizza dough is not yet available in Canada. However, hopefully their recent Canadian launch of other gluten-free products has done well enough that they’ll consider bringing it here.
I picked up a 360-gram tub of Pillsbury gluten-free pizza dough at Whole Foods Market while in the U.S. recently for $3.99.
We had friends over unexpectedly on the weekend, so I decided this was a good time to try out the new dough. I prepared and baked it pretty much as instructed: cut the dough ball in half, flattened each piece into a pizza shape, par-baked it for 11 minutes, added toppings, and baked for about 5 more minutes. The only thing different was that I didn’t flip it between the two baking steps since I had put it in the pan incorrectly the first time (with the crust part up instead of down).
We made a classic margherita-style pizza with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and Italian seasoning, as well as a caramelized onion and bacon pizza.
I’d read some pretty bad reviews of this dough so it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. Some parts of the crust were thin and crispy, and overall tasted good. Other parts were doughy, dense, wet, and almost raw.
Next time, I would roll the dough out thinner and bake both of the pizzas on the bottom rack. (I had gluten-free garlic bread in the oven, too, so perhaps I should have increased the cooking time.)
If this product ever comes to Canada, I can’t say it will be a staple, but I would definitely like to do more experimenting with it. It’s always nice to have some convenient gluten-free options, especially for treats like pizza night!