Monday, April 9, 2018
Trader Joe's Sprouted Whole Grain Pizza Crust
I've never before encountered pre-made pizza crusts for sale without being frozen or refrigerated. It seems...odd.
The package contains two crusts. I've made pizzas with both of them now. The first time, I used the minimum bake time recommended on the wrapper: 10 minutes. That had the cheese topping done just right. But the crust was underdone, good around the edges, but the center still too soft. The second time, I went for the maximum time recommended: 15 minutes. (I was using a genuine pizza stone in the oven both times.) That did better for the crust, but now the cheese was overcooked.
These crusts had a pleasant flavor, but that was outweighed by two fatal flaws. First, there is no raised edge, so you have to be super careful about keeping the sauce and other toppings away from the edge to avoid spillover. Second, the "sprouted whole grains" include wheat berries and rye berries. (See the full ingredients list and other info in the Trader Joe's introduction to this new product here.) These are hard kernels, and I found it majorly unpleasant to encounter those unyielding nuggets between my teeth.
Will I buy it again?