Product Review: Joan’s GF Great Bakes Bagels – Sesame & Plain flavors – gluten free/ wheat free/ dairy free option
Posted on | November 13, 2008 | 2 Comments
Who doesn’t like a fresh, hot bagel?
Joan’s Great Bakes sent me their plain and sesame bagels to try. Each package contains five bagel shaped dough circles ready for you to bake in your own oven. Joan’s offers the following flavors: plain, everything, poppy, sesame, egg/onion/poppy. A dairy free option is also available or all flavors.
Honestly, it took me a while to figure out how to bake these bagels- I kept getting burnt exteriors and marginally baked interiors. Not good! However, after some experimentation with high altitude baking, I think I found success. ( decrease baking temp by 15 degrees and cover with foil the last 5-8 minutes to prevent burning.) These gluten free bagels taste best lightly toasted after baking.
Here is what I noticed with the plain and sesame flavors:
Plain: These bagels reminded me of the frozen Lenders bagels I used to make in college due to the size, the flavor, and the texture. The exterior is crisp and chewy, and the inside is soft, smooth, and bread-like with a few nooks and crannies. These are close to the “real deal” with only a hint of gluten free rice flavor.
Sesame: This gluten free bagel flavor is similar to the plain variety in regard to texture and flavor. The sesame seeds on the exterior tend to be a bit messy as they easily fall off. However, enough of the seeds remain on the bagel to provide a toasted sesame seed flavor.
Overall, these are yummy gluten free bagels that will satisfy a fresh baked craving.
Pros: chewy and soft, smooth texture, subtle flavor, fresh baked at home, dairy free option
Cons: still tastes a bit gluten free (yes, I am picky!)
Rating: 4 stars