Pillsbury recently introduced two of its three gluten free products to Canada. You can now find gluten free Pillsbury cookie dough and gluten free Pillsbury pastry crust on Canadian shelves. We most recently bought it at Save-on-Foods, but others have reported it in other supermarkets around Edmonton.
So what's the big deal about this? Well, to me, not so much the cookie dough, that has been done, but to my knowledge I don't think there is a gluten free consumer good for a pastry dough. I think the pastry dough is going to be a huge seller with the ability now to make pies, quiches, tarts and even pigs in a blanket.
My mother-n-law has already tried it out and was really successful at it and gave us a few pointers. She nearly cleared the shelves when she saw it, so she figured she needed to freeze it. When she thawed it out, she put it in the fridge over night and it was perfect by morning. She said the dough was really easy to work with and decided to make a spinach pie. I shared her recipe below. Take a look at the amazing pie crust below. Yum! It was so good. What a great product. I'm not the baker, but I am tempted to try and make pigs in a blanket, just because.
Curious about the recipe that my mother'n'law used? Check it out below.
Gluten Free Spinach Pie
1 small onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 or 3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Bags Spinach
1/4 cup sunflower seeds (or pine nuts if not going nut free)
1/2 cup fresh oregano or dill
3 cups feta cheese, crumbled
1 tub Pillsbury gluten free pie and pastry dough
1 egg white, slightly beaten (optional)
Seeds one pine nuts to garnish (We used pumpkin seed since to make the pie nut free)
In a large pan, sautéed onions and garlic over medium heat till soft but not browned. Add spinach a few handfuls at a time and heat till wilted. Remove from heat and drain off excess liquid. (Spinach gives off a lot of liquid so it is really important to drain it well or you will have a mess in your oven)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Add seeds, lemon zest, oregano and feta and mix well.
Roll out half the Pillsbury Gluten Free Pie dough between layers of parchment as per directions on package. Place in pie pan. Fill with spinach mixture. Roll out second half of dough as per directions and place on top of spinach. Press edges to seal well. Brush with beaten egg white. Toss a few seeds on top for decoration. Cut vents into top layer of crust. Loosely cover with foil so that crust doesn't over-brown.
Bake for approximately 50 minutes checking a few times to make sure it is not over browning.