Product: Katz Gluten-Free English Muffins – $4.99
How many times can I sing the praises of Katz Gluten-Free? I mean, honestly? They are, far and away, the pinnacle of gluten-free companies when it comes to the products that they provide. I have yet to dislike anything. True, some things are better than others, but I have never out-and-out disliked any of their products.
And this tradition holds true for their Gluten-Free English Muffins.
My roomie surprised me with an order from Katz Gluten-Free awhile back. It had quite a few items in it that were apart from my normal order. One such item were the newly introduced gluten-free English Muffins. I was so excited to have these. And, as with most things I get that are gluten-free…despite my enthusiasm over having them, they sit and wait while I work through other products first. And that was the case with these. My freezer saw more of them than I did.
That is…until this morning.
Sure, there were plenty of things I could have made for breakfast on a Sunday. Waffles for one thing…as Sunday usually grants me enough time in the morning to put into that sort of a task. But, we had some plans to go see Lincoln in the theaters and that meant, with a couple errands to run first, we needed something easier for breakfast. Well…my freezer is often a good place to start when I need a go-to breakfast item. And there, right in the front of my very, very full freezer, were two sleeves of Katz Gluten-Free English Muffins. I grabbed the older one, already knowing that English Muffins were a simple, easy breakfast regardless. And I had plenty of options to top them off with. Even better.
As I hadn’t planned for this ahead of time, I couldn’t let these thaw out overnight in a plastic bag as I normally would. But that is why there is a defrost button on the microwave, my friends. Though it is not my favorite way to go about thawing out bread products, it does work in a pinch. So, I removed two English muffins from the bag and set to thawing them out via the microwave. Once that was accomplished, I preheated the oven to 425 degrees and put some aluminum foil down on a baking sheet to prep for toasting these up. I don’t own a toaster anymore (got rid of mine when I had to go gluten-free due to cross-contamination) and I have no room, currently, for a toaster oven. The oven is my only method for making anything toasted these days. It’s not simple…but it works.
I sliced each English Muffin in half and placed it on the baking sheet. Once the oven light clicked off, into the oven the pan went for about 7-10 minutes. This allowed the English Muffins to get a nice golden brown without being overly done. While they were busy toasting, I was getting out some toppings. I figured half could have some cream cheese on it and the other half would be topped with a small schmear of Smart Balance spread and some organic strawberry jam. It doesn’t get much better than that when it comes to English Muffins, let me tell you!
With the toppings ready, I removed the English Muffins from the oven and was quite pleased that they didn’t get too overly done. They were a fantastic golden color all the way around and toasted beautifully. I applied my selected toppings carefully to each half, giving one of each to my roommate and I. I carried hers out there and went to go grab my breakfast for the morning. As I settled in, she was already noshing away on her English Muffins and singing their accolades.
Now, let me reiterate that I grew up in New York. Bagels and English Muffins were two of my favorite breakfast carbs to down growing up. Honestly. Nothing beats a good breakfast bread topped with cream cheese or jam. It’s one of my most favorite things in the world. I just hated to give it up when I had to go gluten-free.
But now…now my love for carby goodness at breakfast is back. Because with one bite, my mind was flashing back to the amazing English Muffins I ate up until I had to stop. Katz Gluten-Free perfected these. Honestly. Just like English Muffins I used to eat. Sure…even the ones made by Thomas and other store-brands. These reminded me exactly of those in taste and texture. And it was enough to really make my breakfast mean a lot to me this morning. Honestly. I was beyond impressed.
Katz Gluten-Free English Muffins don’t have all the rivets and divets of the ones in the store or bakery, but don’t count them out on account of that. The butter and cream cheese still soaked in to each bite. Even without the traditional nooks and crannies of an English Muffin, these impressed me because they tasted, felt, and toasted up just like “normal” English Muffins would. I could have cried from joy.
These English Muffins are completely free of soy, eggs, dairy, nuts and gluten. They are made from a gluten-free flour blend of rice and potato flour, water, potato starch, quinoa, tapioca starch, canola oil, sugar, dry yeast, baking powder, guar gum, salt, and corn flour. These ingredients truly are the magic behind the taste and texture that these English Muffins provide. As a gluten-free consumer, I couldn’t be happier with these. Even more…the nutrition facts are fast better than the previous gluten-free English Muffins I found in the store and refused to buy due to how high in calories they were for only half the muffin.
Katz Gluten-Free English Muffins are only 130 calories for the entire English Muffin. Not half. Love that. They contain 3.5 grams of fat per English Muffin and 2 grams of protein. I’m liking these nutritional stats much better already. And if that didn’t sell you on them, trust me when I say that these are the most amazing gluten-free English Muffins I have had to date. Because while I have refused to buy others on the market due to nutrition stats, I have sampled them at Gluten-Free Tasting Fairs and Gluten-Free Expos. NONE of them have come close to tasting like Katz Gluten-Free variety. In case you were wondering…four English Muffins come in a package.
I’m sold. I also think I need to make more room in my freezer and order much more of these. English Muffins are back in my life. Which means…my vegetarian/gluten-free egg muffins can make their way back into my breakfast line-up after being absent for so long.
I don’t know if I’ll stop smiling over these any time soon. Go to Katz Gluten-Free’s Web site…and order some for yourself. You will not be disappointed. That I can promise.