What is a pie crust?
What is gluten?
Gluten is a product that comes from wheat, barley, rye and other grains that when mixed with dough, makes the dough rise and become elastic. Gluten is a source of protein and is generally used as additive in many baking recipes. Gluten is used in baking doughs for pizza, bagels and in most pastries. Breads are generally high in gluten with pastries having less amounts of it. Kneading and moisture can enhance gluten development that makes for chewier products. The length or amount of gluten in flour is normally measured by use of a farinograph. This is a baker instrument that measures the quality of the flour that are used for baking.
Health hazard of gluten
Gluten is an All-American food and food additive. It is found in pizzas, breads, pastries and most processed food. What people do not know is that a continuous intake of gluten can be harmful to the body. Medical studies have shown that you do not have to have a full blown celiac disease and positive intestinal biopsy to have serious problems from eating gluten foods. It has been observed that people with celiac disease runs the risk of higher death rates from heart diseases and cancers. In depth studies made from 1969 to 2008 showed that – 39% increase death rate is encountered by those with celiac disease; 72% increase mortality rate with people suffering from gut inflammation related to gluten intake, and; a 35% increase risk of death of those with gluten sensitivity but no celiac disease.
Vast majority of people who have problems with gluten sensitivity are not even aware of it. They misdiagnose their ailments as due to something else, not gluten intake. A new development now has arisen towards a more healthy lifestyle that includes eating gluten-free food. One favorite snack in most homes are the number of variations in home made pies. To make this favorite snack a healthy alternaive, gluten-free pie crust are being bannered in the internet sites and online medical journals for its health efficacy.
How to make gluten-free pie crust
Using gluten-free pie crust can be done two ways. First, you can make your own by following a number of online recipes, and; second, is you can prepare a crust from a pre-mix. An example of the latter, is the Gluten Free Pantry’s Perfect Pie Crust Mix. There are other varieties that you can buy from any groceries or Whole Food store in your state.
It is hard to taste any difference between the regular crust and the gluten-free crust. In most instances, they taste the same. But if you look closely, and savor the minutest detail, gluten-free crust taste better, The reason is simple enough. Gluten makes the dough rise and make it ‘doughy’ or soft and heavy. Pies should not look nor taste ‘doughy’. It should be tender and flaky, unlike breads and cakes. Pie crust have a fair amount of shortening and very little liquid. The ingredients are only mix to combine them, hence less gluten for this product.
Uses of gluten-free pie crust
Gluten-free pie crust can be used for a variety of fillings. It can be used for quiche, tarts or for all types of pies.
1. Gingerbread cookies – the gluten-free pie crust can be made into gingerbread cookies during the Christmas holidays, graham crackers, and even the festive Gingerbread houses.
2. Pecan nut pie crust – a delicious pie crust most especially used for pumpkin pie and custard/pudding fillings.
3. Cookies – a source of enjoyment for kiddies on the prowl are homemade cookies made from gluten-free dough. You can make the dough yourself, or can buy it from the nearest stores.
Gluten free pie crust is the new wave of eating pattern that is healthy and good for the body. It is a new concept wherein you think not of only of what taste good; but, what taste healthy and keeps you alive as well!