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Udi’s does it again with multi-grain bread

The box contained two kinds of bread and cookies!          

I was recently lucky enough to receive a shipment from Udi‘s with a few products that have yet to be released in my neck of the woods. Imagine my excitement to find Millet-Chia bread and Omega-Salba bread, not to mention snickerdoodles and chocolate-chip cookies! Daughter and I wasted no time diving in to the box. We even had GF friends visiting and they helped us with our taste test.

Millet-Chia Ancient Grains Bread

We tried each bread straight out of the bag and then toasted with a little butter. First the Millet-Chia bread, which was soft and filled with seeds. It had a hearty, nutty flavor and a soft texture that worked straight out of the bag. Even toasted, it held up well. I would make a sandwich on this bread without toasting, it doesn’t need it. The seeds give it a crunchy texture that works well with cheese and soft fillings as well as crunchier fillings. The flavor is like a soft multi-grain with sunflower seeds and chia seeds. Yummy! The wonderful thing about this bread is it packs a whopping 5 grams of protein in two slices. Among the usual ingredients, this bread has millet seed, sunflower oil, chia seeds and pea protein.

Omega-Salba Ancient Grain Bread

Next up, the Omega-Salba (which is another word for chia, don’t ask my why it’s different on this one). This bread also packs the 5 grams of protein in two slices, which is nice. This one is a little more dense and firm and toasts beautifully. With a firmer texture, it feels like the multi-grain bread I remember from my non-GF days. It contains flax seed, GF oats and chia seeds. I recommend toasting this one since it has a great texture and consistency for toasting. Everyone agreed this one was a little more like the old multi-grains we remember.

Soft and chewy snickerdoodles

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The cookies are more like eating cookie dough before you bake it. This used to be something I loved to do back in my non-GF days, so I’m not complaining. Although I prefer a crispier cookie, these will do in a pinch. I’m thinking they may be better if I just pop them in the oven for a few minutes, but I haven’t tried that yet. The flavor are great. The snickerdoodle has just the right cinnamon/sugar ratio and the chocolate chip has a lot of chips (I hate a cookie skimpy on the chips!)

If I was heading back to spend my money, it would be on the bread, although I highly recommend trying them all. Udi’s just gets better and better in my book and I’m so grateful they are around.

Note: Udi’s provided these products to me at no charge, but I would gladly have paid for them if they didn’t. As you all know, I rely on Udi’s and have reviewed many of their products, none of which were provided by the company. Check out my review of the hot dog/hamburger buns and the awesome bagels.

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The new bagel in the house


Perhaps I should title this post- Udi’s does it again! While stocking up on their fabulous white and whole grain breads at Whole Foods today, I noticed something different in the freezer. Bagels! Now, I’ve had Glutino bagels and I was pleased with them, although they tend to be a little dense. In a pinch, they are good to have in the freezer…up until now…

I’m a true believer in Udi’s and can’t say enough about their wonderful products. Yes, I would be on the payroll if they’d have me, but I’m not. I’ve talked about bread before here and I still stand by the bread from Gluten Free Creations here in town, but move over for Udi’s, really!

If you haven’t had their bread, you are truly missing something. I’ve actually fooled people who didn’t know it was GF bread, and if you’ve eaten most GF breads you know that’s not easy to do. Most of them are only good for a doorstop. The bread can actually be eaten without toasting, smells wonderful and toasts to a beautiful, crusty golden brown. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. But, today we’re talking bagels!

These bagels are so much like I remember bagels to be. Daughter closed her eyes and ate her half and smiled widely. “It’s crunchy,” she said. “Just the way they should be.” She’s not kidding, these bagels are soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside and have just enough “chew” to make it cream-cheese-worthy. Of course, my half had just butter, but Daughter had to do it up right with the cream cheese. Since she’s only been GF for about 6 months now, she appreciated it immensely. I haven’t had a bagel like this in about 5 years so this was a major treat for me.

This took me back to mornings spent on the floor of our apartment in NYC with the Sunday Times, bagels, coffee, and music. The paper was spread out all over the floor and we sat on the floor without speaking, just eating and reading. I know what I’m doing Sunday morning!

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Quick But Yummy Breakfast

We had an incredible storm the other night here in Phoenix, and we were without power for about 15 hours. I know this photo doesn’t do the storm much justice. Daughter took it as we sat on the patio watching the storm pass over. I was afraid to open the fridge or freezer for fear of thawing everything out, and we ended up eating out as much as possible. I suppose we were lucky since some people are still without power and there were downed trees in their yard, or powerlines went down like dominoes. We didn’t have any water damage, or wind, just the lack of power that made it pretty uncomfortable to sleep. As my sister awaits Gustov in New Orleans, I suppose I shouldn’t complain.

Now that the power is back on and the plants are drying out, I’m starved. I couldn’t decide what to eat for breakfast this morning, and didn’t want to pull out pans and such. And even though I just love my old standby… Rice Chex with rice milk, I just wasn’t in the mood.

I looked in the fridge and viola! breakfast was there. Just a little bit of both Fontina and goat cheese left over from a quiche for book club, and one Roma tomato. I just bought a loaf of GF sandwich bread from Gluten Free Creations, a local GF bakery.

I toasted the bread, placed sliced fontina on each slice (just enough for both left, yipee) and a little goat cheese. Putting the cheese immediately on the toasted bread lets it melt just so slightly, but not completely. Then top with slices of tomato. I added a little Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper and there you have it. The Fontina and goat cheese give a great, salty texture and the tomato had a ripe, fruity flavor. I grabbed a few fresh basil leaves from the bush in the back yard, which added to the already wonderful flavors. The bread was toasted just enough to give a great crunch. Yum… what a great way to start the day.

BTW, what did Daughter eat, you may be asking? A chewy, yummy bagel from Einstein’s with cream cheese. She loves to torture me with things I can no longer enjoy, but this time I know mine was much better and I didn’t even want the bagel. Things are looking up!

Enjoy!

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What’s for breakfast?

Today, let’s talk about pre-made breakfast items. There aren’t that many to choose from, since most traditional breakfast items are made with wheat. And most GF breakfast items fall way short of the mark, as far as I’m concerned. I haven’t had a good GF waffle yet, but it’s not that easy to do. Trader Joe’s sells a pretty decent GF pancake in the frozen section that you can just pop in the toaster and eat. It’s the closest to a real pancake you’ll find, although I wouldn’t want to eat it every day. Of course, there is always that box of Rice Chex cereal in the cabinet (see post below).

But today, we’re talking bread items. If you happen to live in the Phoenix area, you’re quite lucky these days. That’s because a small bakery, Gluten Free Creations, has opened in town. Catering to those with food allergies, this little bakery tucked behind a Midas Muffler shop bakes up some pretty decent GF items. Most are also CF, DF and more, so check it out if you can.

Although not everything hits the mark, there are quite a few items that justify the big price tags they carry. The first are the GF donuts. The best two, in my opinion, are the maple-glazed donut (4/$5.95) and the insane chocolate donut (4/$6.95). These are both so close to real donuts that I’ve even fooled people with them. That’s amazing considering most GF baked goods can only be used as doorstops. But the maple-glazed donut is a soft, cake-like donut with a yummy glaze on top. I keep a few in the freezer and just defrost when I want a donut with my coffee in the morning, or just a late-night snack.

The insane chocolate donut is just that. It’s a chocolate donut, covered in chocolate icing with chocolate chips on top. Half a donut is usually all I can do, but I sure can do it. It reminds me of those great chocolate muffins I used to be able to eat. These can also be frozen until you need them. I freeze them in individual bags, making it easy to pull one out quickly.

Do these look great or what? I took these out of the freezer for the photo and it took all my willpower not to eat them. If you want a great GF treat while meeting friends for coffee, take along one of these and you won’t feel deprived at all as everyone else dives into coffee cake and muffins.

The second item, also from Gluten Free Creations, is a loaf of bread. Yes, I know, GF bread stinks unless you make it yourself. Well, I have neither the time or desire to stay at home baking bread. I never did before, and I just can’t now. My only attempt was a complete failure. It’s like a science experiment with all the different flours, xanthan gum, baking soda, etc. I never was very good at science. I’ve also tried many of the GF bread options out there. Brown rice bread, tapioca bread, brown rice with fruit juice, etc. They could all be better served as a doorstop, being dense, inedible blocks.

Ener-G makes the brown rice bread and a tapioca bread. Neither is very edible. The tapioca was the only bread I could tolerate when I began the GF diet. Now, there is no way I would touch it. I suggest trying GF Creations multi-grain bread ($8.95). It’s pricey, but a luxury in my eyes. I usually freeze a few pieces each in separate bags, that way toast is not a problem. Take the bread straight from the freezer and toast, you just have to toast it twice–once to thaw, once to toast. I like peanut butter or butter and marmalade. But the sandwich possibilities are endless. The bakery also makes a white sandwich bread, but this multi-grain has so much more texture and taste.

Yummy. Anyone remember the fluffernutter? Well, it’s now possible with this bread. I’ll post a photo of the next one I eat, if I can get it from my daughter in time.

I would suggest if you live in the area, give the bakery a try. They usually have a few items out to taste, giving you a better idea of what you like. I’m not a big fan of the cookies or cupcakes, they have a funny taste to me. But others have just raved about them. I love the hamburger bun, which is more like a good sandwich roll. The only way to know what you like is to give it a try. You can even buy just one of something, in most cases, if you want to try it without buying a whole pack.

If you’re not in the Phoenix area, I believe the bakery ships items out of state. And no, I don’t get any kind of commission from the store. I’m just a satisfied customer with a craving for something good for breakfast.

Enjoy.

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