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123 Gluten Free Biscuit Mix (Cinnamon Buns)

123 Gluten Free came through for satisfying my craving for cinnamon rolls. The cinnamon buns recipe is printed inside the box of the Southern Glory Buttermilk Biscuit mix or on their website. I’m on a vegan kick right now so this was the perfect dessert because it doesn’t contain eggs and allowed me to substitute the milk/heavy cream with coconut cream.

Product: 123 Gluten Free Biscuit Mix

Price: Listed as $8.99 on their website
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes.

  • The mix was fast and easy to make.
  • You can make it as cinnamon-y as you want! I put on a lot and it wasn’t quite enough IMO.
  • I used 1 can of coconut cream instead of the heavy cream + half&half that the recipe calls for.  I did not add lemon or apple cider vinegar to make it buttermilk.
  • Rolling it was a little difficult because I wanted to use my fingers like real cinnamon rolls but it crumbled in my fingers so I had to use the plastic wrap to roll it, which worked fine.
  • For the glaze icing, I used hemp milk and powdered sugar (omitted the butter).
  • They didn’t rise much, if at all, for the two hours in the fridge that the recipe calls for.
  • The outside edges that touched the heavily “buttered” pan turned crunchy – yum.

I scarfed down four cinnamon rolls before realizing I should blog about it. The glaze was a little thin when I put it on, so it seeped down into the cracks of the roll.

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Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pie Crust

Wow, a good gluten free pie crust!

I followed the instructions on the package, using 12 tbsp butter and 8 tbsp margarine and then pre-baked the crust for 12 minutes before filling it to make a pumpkin pie. 

It makes enough for two crusts or a single double crust pie. The second crust is in the freezer for use later, per the package instructions. 

Product: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pie Crust
Price: Not sure, it was a gift to me
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes, I would tell them that it isn’t as flakey as much as their gluten counterparts.

  • Not very sticky! I used a rolling pin with the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap.
  • Was not crumbly and weak after it was cooked! This is amazing for something gluten free!
  • It was not grainy.
  • It had a crunchy dense texture. They are not as flaky as as their gluten counterparts.
  • Is a great substitute for pizza crust with gluten or store bought frozen gluten free crusts.
  • Not so easy to make but would have been worse if the ingredient included eggs

   

  

  

  


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Betty Crocker Gluten Free Pizza Crust

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It’s tough finding a good gluten free dough (pizza crust, biscuits, pie, etc) as most gluten free doughs are extremely sticky and unable to roll with a rolling pin. However, as with all other Betty Crocker mixes, like their Devil’s Food cake that I’ve tried, this pizza crust turned out great!

Product: Betty Crocker Gluten Free Pizza CrustIMG_6629
Price: $4.99
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes, I would tell them that it don’t rise as much as their gluten counterparts.

  • Not very sticky! I had to use a little corn flour on my fingers when I punched it out but I bet I could have used a rolling pin.
  • Was not crumbly and weak after it was cooked! This is amazing for something gluten free!
  • It was not overly grainy and I wouldn’t have noticed if it was because of the cornmeal bottom I added.
  • It had a crunchy texture, like a thin crust pizza. They do not rise as much as their gluten counterparts.
  • Is a great substitute for pizza crust with gluten or store bought frozen gluten free crusts.
  • Easy to make.
  • I added polenta (corn meal) to the bottom of the crust.

Check out that pizza holding it’s shape under the weight of all of those toppings!

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But let’s get back to the beginning…

The dough formed well and rose slightly during it’s proof stage.

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This is the dough on the pizza stone with cornmeal under neath after it came out of the oven. It has some cracks in it but that didn’t make it loose it’s integrity.

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I piled it high with toppings (pepperoni, dairy free cheese, green peppers, onion, garlic, fresh basil and dried oregano)

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The finished product was so good that I ate half the pizza in one sitting. Next time I could use a rolling pin and get the crust a little thinner.

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Easy instructions, like all of Betty Crocker’s mixes.

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Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Brownie Mix

I have heard from a number of people that Bob’s Red Mill does not make a good gluten free mixes. I received this brownie mix for free and I agree with other’s assessment that there are much better products on the market (like Betty Crocker’s gluten free brownies).

Product: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Brownie Mix

Price:
 Free to me
 Buy again: No.
 Recommend to friends: No. I would recommend other brands like Betty Crocker.

  • The batter tasted bland before it went into the oven.
  • The baked product has a weird aftertaste.
  • It is not complex or very chocolatey.
  • More cake-like than fudge brownie like.

 


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Katz Gluten Free Glazed Donuts

Katz Glazed Donuts, just like Kinnikinnick Pumpkin Spice Gluten Free Donut, are not worth eating as they do not resemble a donut in any manner. After three 6 pack boxes of gluten free donuts that have not even come close to what I was hoping for, I have given up on reviewing and purchasing gluten free donuts that are not chocolate.
Product: Katz Glazed Donuts & Katz Cinnamon Donuts

Price:
$6.59 for 6 donuts
 Buy again: No.
 Recommend to friends: No. I would recommend other brands like Glutino Chocolate Gluten Free Donuts or if you live in San Francisco or Oakland, the most chocolatey gluten free donuts are from Mariposa Bakery

  • They fall apart.
  • Have a weird aftertaste.
  • Thawing on counter does not help taste or texture.
  • Heating for 8-10 seconds (prior to nor after thawing on counter) does not help taste or texture.
  • There is good coverage of glaze on these donuts.
  • They are better than Kinnikinnick Pumpkin Spice Gluten free Donuts but not my much.

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1-2-3 Gluten Free Delightfully Gratifying Bundt Poundcake (Sugar Free)

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IMG_1849This 1-2-3 Gluten Free Pound Cake made a LOT of pound cake. It made two thick 8×8 squares of pound cake! It freezes well! And it’s oh so good. Adding the orange juice is the BEST idea (follow the directions).

Product: 1-2-3 Gluten Free Delightfully Gratifying Bundt Poundcake (Sugar Free and Gluten Free)
What I paid: $62.48/3 @ Amazon
Buy again: YES!
Recommend to friends: Yes!

  • Not grainy
  • Delicious orange flavor
  • Sugar free
  • Extra large portion size (Freezes well and great for holidays)

 

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Alfajores by Wooden Table Baking Co. (Oakland, CA)

I wander into bake shops and coffee houses just to see what gluten free items they carry and this one came to a sweet surprise when I bit into the unknown cookie that I could barely pronounce. These Argentinean cookies are a traditional shortbread with a carmel like center. It was a pleasure biting into, and even better when later that day I spotted them in the market for much cheaper.

Product: Gluten Free Alfajores Cookies by Wooden Table Baking Co. in Oakland, CA

Price: $7.99 for 10 cookies (at New Leaf Market) or $2.55 for one (at a local coffee shop)
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • Light, airy
  • Melts in your mouth
  • Right amount of sweet
  • Gluten free
  • Good ratio of cake to filling
  • Crumbly but the carmel filling holds it together
  • Local company
  • The light coconut dusting on the outside provides a nice chew