Need a last minute shortcut for those holiday pies? Quick dough for an easy pizza night in between the festivities? Wholly Wholesome Crusts come in several dairy-free varieties, including both organic wheat and certified gluten-free.
To note, I love how transparent Wholly Wholesome is with their ingredients and processes. The Wholly Wholesome crusts have just a handful of simple, non-hydrogenated, no funny-business ingredients, they go the extra mile with certifications, they boldly note top allergens and even disclaim allergens in their factory (beyond the same line!). Wholly Wholesome offers dough for pies and pizzas, but since we are approaching the holidays, I’ll start with the pumpkin- and apple-friendly pie shells.
Wholly Wholesome Crusts: Bake-at-Home Pie Shells
I’ve reviewed Wholly Wholesome’s whole, frozen dairy-free pies before. But for you do-it-yourselfers, or those like me who love this dairy-free, soy-free pumpkin pie filling, the Wholly Wholesome bake-at-home pie shells are worth considering.
Unlike their shelf-stable pie crusts, the pie shells are sold in the freezer section in two-packs, and are meant to be baked according to your recipe (pre-baked or filled and then baked). It’s been years since I’ve trialed any of their wheat-based crusts, so I can’t weigh in on those yet, but we recently sampled their Gluten-Free Pie Shells when making Chocolate-Peppermint Pudding Pie.
I really liked the flavor of the gluten-free Wholly Wholesome crusts – and I’m not typically a pie crust fan. My friend Caroline concurred that it was quite pleasant in flavor, mild, yet tasty on its own, and lacking the bitterness that so many savory gluten-free baked goods can have.
There was just one big drawback … it doesn’t quite bake up. As you can see, the crust didn’t brown at all. In fact, I cooked it two minutes longer than recommended, and it was still a little doughy rather than flaky (it wasn’t even baked at the minimum cooking time). Caroline was a bit turned off by this “undercooked” vibe, but I still found the crust too yummy to leave behind. Overall, she did agree with me that the flavor warranted a solid 4 stars, and that with a little extra cook time, it might meet her flakier expectations.
Wholly Wholesome Crusts: Bake-at-Home Pizza Dough
Opting not to bother with a wheat-filled version, Wholly Wholesome’s first foray into pizza dough is certified gluten-free! In fact, it is “Produced in a Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Egg, Soy, Nut & Casein Free Environment”.
We actually love my homemade gluten-free, dairy-free pizza crust recipe, so I have high standards for the store-bought versions. That said, Wholly Wholesome definitely delivered on flavor. We had three taste-testers and all agreed: scrumptious!
But again, there were a couple of baking caveats. I followed the lead directions to top and then bake, which yielded a very under-cooked crust, even with a few extra minutes of baking time. I definitely recommend pre-baking the pizza dough, at least for 5 minutes. Also, the parts that were exposed didn’t rise at all. If you roll it thin, expect it to stay that thin – though it may rise a touch more if pre-baked.
Certifications: All of the Wholly Wholesome Crusts we’ve viewed are Certified Kosher Pareve. The gluten-free varieties are Certified Gluten-Free. The wheat-based varieties appear to be Certified Organic.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Wholly Wholesome Crusts are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Select varieties are made in their gluten-free bakehouse. Nonetheless, verify on the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Wholly Wholesome website at www.whollywholesome.com.