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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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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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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


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Wow Chocolate Brownie (Gluten Free)

The best gluten free brownies I’ve found have been the ones I make at home because the pre-packaged ones just fall a little short. The Wow brand chocolate brownies are no exception.

Product: Wow Chocolate Brownie (Wheat Free and Gluten Free)
What I paid: $2.99 @ New Leaf Market
Buy again: Maybe
Recommend to friends: Yes, if they don’t want to make their own

  •  These have chocolate chips inside
  • A little grainy
  • Good amount of chocolate so would satisfy the chocolate cravings
  • Not dairy free
  • Good portion size


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Edna’s Chocolate Whoopie Pies! (Gluten Free Food Review)

My latest craze has been whoopie pies. The grocery store (packaged) whoopie pies of my childhood never appealed to me. It wasn’t until last year, a gluten free, dairy free pumpkin whoopie pie from Mariposa Bakery that I started to be inquisitive about them. The raspberry whoopie pie by Mariposa was not good in my opinion and I ended up throwing half of it away (too sweet!).

I really enjoy when the filling is non-dairy. The simplest fillings includes powdered sugar, vegan shortening and vanilla. Edna’s uses powdered sugar, palm oil, canola oil, tbhq (what is tbhq??), marshmallow creme (corn syrup, water, egg, xangthan gum), and vanilla.

Product: Edna’s Chocolate Whoopie Pies!

Price: $4.99
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • Light, airy
  • Right amount of sweet
  • Dairy Free!
  • Gluten free (but produced in a facility that contains wheat, dairy, nuts and soy)
  • Large size (4″ inches diameter)
  • Good ratio of cake to filling
  • Held together fairly well, a few crumbs

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Pushkin Bakery (Gluten Free and Dairy Free Bakery)

Pushkin Bakery is located at 1820 29th St. in Sacramento, CA. It’s a little off the beaten path, but worth the trip to visit. Living 2 hours from this DEDICATED gluten free and dairy free bakery, I had to bring back a little of everything to try.

Pushkin bakery publishes their menu every day. From yesterday’s menu these were chosen to be frozen and reviewed later.

  • “Awesomes” (Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cakes) $1.75 – Good
  • “Dudes” (Mini Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Chocolate Ganache) $1.75 – Pretty darn good
  • Russian Tea Cake (Vegan) $1.50 – Good considering I’m not a huge fan of Russian Tea Cakes
  • Lemon Scone $1.95 – See review
  • Maple Walnut Scone $1.95 – See review
  • Zucchini Bread (Vegan) $3.75 – a little on the dry side and grainy
  • Blueberry Muffin (Vegan) $2.00 – See review
  • Pumpkin Oat Spice Muffin (Vegan) $2.00  – a little on the dry side and grainy but wholesome flavor
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie $2.75 – See review
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookie $2.75 – See review
  • Snicker Doodle Cookie $2.75 NEW – See review
  • Marble Pound Cake $3.45 – Good, a little on the grainy side
  • Lemon Square (for free) – Delicious, tart, sweet, moist and made me realize how much I miss lemon meringue pies.

The items that were left out from the freezer and tasted today were:

  • Strawberry Vanilla Cupcake $3.25
  • Barracuda Cupcake (Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache) (Vegan) $3.25

Being able to dive right into these cupcakes without concern that neither the cake nor the icing would give me a bad reaction was heaven! So much so, that I didn’t take a picture beforehand! (Here is a picture of the Strawberry and Barracuda from the Pushkin website.)

Nevertheless, the Strawberry Vanilla Cupcake was good for a gluten free, dairy free version. The icing was on the sweet side – not sure what they use in place of cream to make it – and the cake was moist but unfortunately a little on the grainy side.

The Barracuda Cupcake, which I read online was great, did stand up to that review.  Like most gluten free chocolate cakes it was moist and not grainy. However, it did fall apart some and again the icing was on the sweeter side. Maybe a little too much icing in my opinion.

I would buy both of these again if I was craving a cupcake.  Also the prices are very affordable for gluten free bakery items. I was surprised to walk out of there with only a $37 bill for 15 gluten free items!

I hope that Pushkin Bakery is able to start up a store in San Francisco, CA – I would certainly be a frequent visitor.

Check back later to see if Pushkin’s chocolate crinkle can stand up to Red House Bakery’s chocolate crinkle (from Pacific Cookie Company).

What is the name of your favorite gluten free or dairy free bakery? I haven’t had a chance to fully review Pushkin’s offerings so right now, I’m still a huge fan of Flour Chylde’s (Novato, CA) treats and breads though they do make other non-gluten free items so cross contamination is possible.