Posted on | April 25, 2009 | 2 Comments
My reviews have been a bit sparse this month, more so than usual I think. We have enjoyed spring break and the warmer weather this week. My children and I have been planting a garden, running in the sprinklers and enjoying the first Popsicles of the season. Today, a gloomy, cloudy day, has drawn us inside for playtime with friends and endless wii games. And more gluten free food reviews.
Katz Gluten Free, a dedicated gluten free bakery, sent me some samples of their products to try out. Included were three varieties of sandwich bread. I must admit, I am very picked when it comes to pre-made gluten free bread. Because of this, I almost never buy it because I am usually left feeling disappointed, like I have to “settle” in order to have the same meal as my family. Have you ever felt that way? If so, you understand.
I sampled their whole grain, white and challah gluten free breads. Each arrived pre-sliced and double wrapped for freshness. The size of the loaves are your typical gluten free bread size- on the small size compared to regular bread, but still large enough to have a nice sandwich or piece of toast with your breakfast.
I found all three flavors quite mild and felt they paired well with the various jams, lunch meats and cheeses I tried. They had a hint of “gluten free” bread taste, but it was much better than other prepared breads I have sampled.
The textures of these breads are moderately smooth with the challah bread a little courser with more nooks and crannies. These gluten free breads must be lightly toasted for best results, especially the white bread. Don’t bother trying it fresh out of the bag, you weill disappointed and end up with your slice of bread broken into pieces. I also suggest, as with other gluten free breads, keeping the unused bread in your freezer to keep it fresh.
Here is a breakdown of the breads:
Challah bread: This bread was the softest and most flexible of the three, with minimal crumbling and breakage. This gluten free bread also has the roughest texture, thanks to lots of nooks and crannies. However, this didn’t bother me at all and I enjoyed the overall flavor. This crust was the darkest of the three and had a nice, rich aroma thanks to the use of a flaxseed and six gluten free flour blend of white rice, tapioca, arrowroot, corn, soy and potato. Rating: 4 stars
White bread: I felt this gluten free bread was your standard version of gluten free white bread. This version was the most fragile of the three- I actually broke a few slices in half just taking it out of the bag. The flavor and aroma were “OK”, but not “great.” I would suggest toasting this bread a little longer than the others for best results. This bread utilized a blend of white rice, tapioca, soy and corn flours. Rating: 3 stars
Whole Grain bread (pictured above): This gluten free bread was my favorite of the group. I enjoyed the smoother texture, and the aroma fresh out of the bag reminded me of the honey whole wheat bread my children use for their school lunches – rich with a touch of sweetness. I tend to prefer bread made with brown rice and sorghum anyway. I especially liked this bread with grilled sandwiches. The photo above in this bread in a ham, tomato and cheese grilled sandwich I made in my counter top grill. This is a nice option if you want a quick sandwich or snack and don’t have the time to bake some fresh bread in your kitchen. This bread utilized a blend of brown rice, tapioca, sorghum gluten free flours and is topped with sesame seeds. Rating: 4 stars
Overall, these are decent breads that would be great in a pinch for a hot sandwich or as toast for your breakfast.
Interested in trying this gluten free bread for yourself?
Please click HERE to visit Gluten free Plaza.com for ordering information,
or click HERE local retailers that carry Katz Gluten Free products.