Really good toast. That’s it. That’s what I am soooo excited about. You may be thinking, “but most gluten-free breads taste fine once they’re toasted.” You’re right, they do, they ’taste fine’ – but do they taste light and crispy and provide the perfect balance to your melting butter or soft scrambled eggs? No, they are just ‘good enough’ in a world without gluten.
My latest food crush is something simple – gluten-free toast, and I have Udi’s Gluten-Free bread to thank for it. I tried a couple of Udi’s Gluten-Free products at the Fancy Food Show this year, but it was such a blur I hardly remembered. When I received a sampler pack in the mail last week, I was excited to try them. Allergic Girl had given the bread a big thumbs up and I remember Gluten-Free Steve was all hot and bothered over their products.
The gluten-free White Sandwich Bread is so soft I could hardly believe it. I could squish it down just like the gluten-y bread I grew up on. I liked it without heating it up or putting anything on it. This was amazing. The gluten-free Whole Grain Bread is just as soft. I didn’t like the flavor as much as the gluten-free White Bread but I also lurved white Home Pride bread growing up rather than any of that ‘whole wheat’ stuff, so who am I to say?
But here’s where the amazing thing happened. I was in the mood for something warm and buttery, so I decided to make some toast. Not to cover up the flavor/texture (which is why I usually toast gluten-free bread) but just because toast was what I was craving. Once I tried it, I realized I hadn’t had really good toast in the five years since I started eating gluten-free. I’ve had some great gluten-free breads and rolls and baked goods, but I hadn’t had that light toast with the pockets and crunch and…can you tell I’m getting hungry just writing about it?
I started to wonder if it was just in my mind, maybe I just liked it that much because it had been a while since I’d had ANY toast or that I was just REALLY in the mood for toast. So I decided to do a side by side comparison with the Whole Foods Gluten-Free Prairie Bread, my previous favorite.
But the Whole Foods toast didn’t begin to compare – the texture is heavy and more like an artisanal bread which is fine in its own right but not what I crave with my breakfast.
With all of the controversy lately about bloggers being paid to post about products, I will clarify that I have never been paid to write about a product and I only write about items that I feel are worthy of sharing – and I will warn you if something tastes like cardboard. I just love the toast that much. Right now it’s only available through a few distributors so I took that info directly to my local health food store to request that they start carrying it. Fingers crossed I can get my hands on some more soon. I’m not sure how long the shelf life is since I finished it off before it had a chance to go bad….
Well now that I’ve built it up so much I am sure it can’t possibly live up to your expectations, but Udi’s has offered to give a sampler pack to one lucky ready of A Gluten-Free Guide, so you can be the judge.
They are tasty, soft, moist and you would never know they are gluten-free. Udi’s makes gluten-free cinnamon rolls and gluten-free pizza crusts but I haven’t tried those yet. The really exciting thing is that Udi’s is looking to expand their gluten-free product offerings. So to be eligible to win the sampler pack, leave a comment with your request for their next gluten-free products. What are you interested in seeing more gluten-free versions of? Bagels? What flavors? Pretzels? What kind? Granola? Cake Rounds? Different varieties of muffins or breads? What should they focus on next?
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