Thanks to a GiltyCity deal I was able to try all of Venice Bakery‘s gluten free products: 12” & 5” Pizza Crusts original and seasoned, and both the original and seasoned flatbreads. Hands down the seasoned crusts and flatbread were much tastier. The seasoned crusts are made with made with a blend of basil, oregano, thyme, sage and garlic powder infused in the crust.
The package directions say to place directly on center rack and bake for 6-8 minutes. What I found was that 6-8 minutes left the middle doughy and uncooked. The first time I made the pizza I was only able to eat the outer half. I felt bad for Jeremy, he is always suckered into trying new things we me and when it doesn’t turn out good he also has to suffer. But it was his idea that made the second, and third, and forth time I made the pizzas, and the thin breads, much much better! He suggested I cook the crust first, and wrap the edges in foil, then add the sauce and toppings, take the foil off and cook it again. This worked wonderfully! Doing it this way, the middle gets cooked all the way through. I cook the crust or flatbread, edges wrapped in foil, for about 5 to 6 minutes. Then I take it out of the oven, remove the foil, and add my sauce and toppings. Don’t put too much sauce in the middle, it makes it soggy. Then I put them back in the oven for another 6-8 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Sometimes I leave it in longer, this makes the edges harder and crispier, just the way I like my pizza!
The original, unseasoned crusts are a bit plain. Adding spices or using a spice-filled pasta sauce helps, but I prefer the seasoned crusts. The other great thing about these crusts is that they are Vegan and Soy Free. I threw a welcome home party for my friend Becca when she returned from her summer in India, and being vegan, I was so happy I could use some of the 15 crusts/flatbreads – thank you GiltCity deals! I have made pizza on numerous occasions – the welcome home party, dinner with my sister, with Jeremy and for friends during last weekends Patriots Game. During the game, no one knew they were gluten free, until someone asked who made them.