Of the five boxes of Enjoy Life Foods' new baking mixes that arrived on my doorstep last month, I admit that their pizza crust was one that I knew I just had to try right away. Away from all of my favorite pizza places in Baltimore for the summer, and uninspired by my options here in Orlando, I really wanted a great pizza crust mix that would help me satisfy my love for the Italian-American delicacy.
Enjoy Life's pizza crust brings extra oomph to pizza night, with it's included probiotics, top eight allergen-free ingredients, and a protein boost thanks ancient grains. With a laundry list of healthy attributes, I couldn't wait to see if it could hold it's own in taste and texture.
What's great about the mix, is that it requires only water and oil to magically bring it to life. When mixed altogether, the resulting dough easily makes a 10"-12" pizza that is not too thin and not too thick. I wish Enjoy Life Foods included instructions to only make one pizza at a time, because as the only gluten-free member of my family, I'd like to be able to make only one crust at a time to make the mix go father.
Once it's mixed, the crust needs to be pressed out, shaped, and then parbaked before toppings enter the picture. As with all of my homemade pizzas, I made the crust on a pizza stone, to help it crisp up and get a "crustiness" as it it was in a commercial oven.
When it emerged, I topped my pizza with organic marinara an array of veggies including shredded carrots, yellow pepper, fresh basil, and red onion. Once topped, back into the oven the pizza went.
When it emerged, I the crust had crisped up and looked irresistible. The crust cooked up nicely and cut easily, unlike some other homemade crusts I have made. Forming a sturdy base, the crust held it's own under the toppings without wimping out and dumping the toppings before they make it to my mouth.
The pizza crust is neutral enough that it worked well with the toppings I chose, but would be flexible with various toppings ranging from savory to sweet. Dessert pizza anyone?! I liked it's chewiness, which reminded me of thick crust pizza from my pre-gluten-free days, and the ample serving size, which could serve one hungry college student or a couple lesser hungry people. Although the neutrality of the crust is an asset, the next time I make a pizza with it, I will add in my own spices such as oregano to give it some extra flavor and add some pizzazz.
Ultimately, Enjoy Life Food's pizza crust performed well, and would definitely be a mix I would buy again. It's perfect for multi-allergen involved pizza nights, and is an easy to make product for this college student ever on the go. I highly recommend making the pizza with a pizza stone for maximum results, and experimenting flavor-wise to exercise culinary creativity.
This pizza crust can be purchased on Enjoy Life Foods' website at this link. As distribution increases, I will update the review to include places where the mix can be found. For more information about the new line of mixes, read my overview of them at this link.
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. Enjoy Life Foods sent me samples of the mix free of charge for review purposes, but the review is a reflection of my personal opinion.