Posted on | February 22, 2012 | 6 Comments
I found these gluten free bagels at my local grocery store for $5.99 in the frozen foods section.
I have been in one too many meetings where a delicious brunch is served, and often featured bagels. I always salivated a bit when I saw them. There was always an assortment from cinnamon raisin, poppy seed, and my weakness, blueberry. I always convinced myself that I was better off, and that I didn’t need all the carbs these bagels provided. In the back of my mind I thought what delicious looking carbs they were! Therefore, when I saw these in the store I knew I had to give them a try. Udi’s makes my favorite bread. Could they also make a fabulous bagel?
These bagels came in packages of four,and I stored them in the freezer. To defrost, I warmed one in the microwave for one minute. The bagel came pre-sliced, so all I had to do was take it apart. While taking it apart I noticed that the bagels were not evenly sliced on both sides, and around the bagel. This caused uneven defrosting it in the microwave. This was frustrating because the thicker parts were not completely defrosted, and the thinner parts were hard. The following days I microwaved it less, with the same result. The last bagel I left in the fridge to defrost, and it somewhat crumbled and had a slightly different taste flavor the rest. I did try to toast one of the bagels to crisp it up. The bagel was too thick to put in my toaster so I placed it under the broiler in my oven. This provided a nice crunch. The bagel retained it’s same flavor and texture.
I first topped my bagel with an egg, cheese and salsa (my version of an egg sandwich). The bagel softened a bit from the salsa but did not crumble or fall apart. I also tried the other bagels plain, and with butter and found the same thing. I found the bagel tasted the same as their bread, just thicker. I felt disappointed because although I love their bread, sandwich bread and bagels should be very different in my mind. Bagels are supposed to be denser, and chewy on the inside. I did not find this with Udi’s bagels.
These bagels also dry out really fast! After ten minutes on my plate, the bagel seemed drier, and after an hour, the bagels were so dry that I had to break it,which resembled croutons more than a bagel.
Rating: 3 stars
Pros: Versatile, can prepare with many toppings, mild tasting
Cons: Defrosts unevenly, dries out very quickly
Review provided by Kristina
Ingredients: filtered water, brown rice flour, tapioca starch, sunflower oil, egg whites, potato starch, evaporated cane juice, tapioca maltodextrin, xanthan gum, tapioca syrup or brown rice syrup, yeast, salt, mold inhibitor (cultured corn syrup), enzymes
Nutritional Snapshot: 280 calories, 9g fat, 42g carbohydrates, 6g protein
Want to try these gluten free bagels for yourself?
These bagels may be purchased from many local grocery stores, the Udi’s website, or in bulk via amazon.com: