Sunday, July 26, 2015

Two Foodies Gluten-Free Kitchen Pizza Crust Mix

This review has been a long time coming. I first discovered Two Foodies Gluten-Free Kitchen back in March at the Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event in Charlotte, NC. At first bite, I knew I would be coming home with a box of pizza crust mix that would be put to the test in my own kitchen.

What is really cool about Two Foodies, is that Jen and Chris, the foodies who engineered the mix, proved that necessity is really the mother of invention. Chris, diagnosed with gluten intolerance and a wheat allergy, knew that he wanted to eat real pizza that is not only gluten-free, but does not compromise in taste or texture.

What emerged from these two masterminds is a pizza dough mix that is top 8 allergen free (and made in an allergen-free facility), certified gluten-free, and needs only water and olive oil to bring it to life. 

Spoiled by an abundance of excellent gluten-free pizza restaurants in Baltimore, I've become less and less satisfied with pre-made, cracker-like pizza crusts found in the freezer section at local grocery stores when it comes to homemade pizza night. In my hiatus from Baltimore, my craving for pizza hit a point where I knew that the only way to satisfy my craving for homemade pizza would be a mix, and I relished the chance to finally put Two Foodies' mix through its paces.


To put the mix together, the assembly comes together in three easy steps: mix, roll, and bake. Each box comes with two pouches of mix, that are each capable of producing a 10"-12" pizza. Reducing the bake time, the pizza crust does not need to be parbaked before toppings are added. For a more detailed look at the prep method, watch a video tutorial here, or check out the instructions on the back of the box here


Once formed, the pizza is then transferred to an upside-down baking pan or a pizza stone. I baked mine a little longer than recommended so that the crust was a nice golden brown, and when it emerged, I was thoroughly impressed with the final result. 

The crust holds up well so that the center is not a soggy mess, but it's not as hard as cardboard either. The pizza has a nice "wheat"-like flavor with a faintest hint of sweetness, which allowed it to make a flavor statement, but not distract from the toppings. I loved how the hand rolling of the pizza allows for creativity with shape and size and that it gives the pizza a nice "hand-tossed" consistency. What really stood out as the best feature of the dough was it's performance in the texture department. Chewy and doughy, it also formed a nice contrasting crust on the bottom and edge that was satisfying and took it a notch above many other pizzas I've tried- frozen, from a mix, and from a restaurant. 


What's really cool about this mix is that it's pretty versatile; using recipes on Two Foodie's website, you can craft calzones, garlic knots, cinnamon twists, as well as a produce an elusive stuffed crust pizza. A bit pricey, I would splurge again to buy this mix because the quality ingredients, allergen-free nature of the mix, and passion behind it from Jen and Chris let me know that this is real food made with care. In my book, it pays to support those who support the gluten-free community, and getting to enjoy a delicious pizza as a result is the yummiest of perks. 

While I purchased the mix directly at the event, you can find Two Foodies on Amazon, or at local farmers' markets as well as Whole Foods in Columbia, SC. Get all the details with their local appearances at their Facebook page.

For more information about the Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event in Charlotte (and other cities) click here.

Disclaimer: This review is current to the original publication date. Updates will be noted. Ingredients and manufacturing processes can change without notice. Each product should be reviewed for individual nutritional needs. Feel free to to contact me with any questions or comments. I purchased this product independently and the review is a reflection of my personal opinion. 

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