Product: Katz Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Loaf – $5.79
I have to hand it to Katz Gluten Free…because they are upholding an amazing record as far as their products go. Honestly. Every time I have ordered and consumed one of their products, they have not only wowed me, but completely set the bar for other similar products that I try. And whenever they introduce something new to their lineup…I tend to order it to try it. I only do that with brands I trust. And Katz Gluten Free has more than proved itself worthy of my trust and my money.
How’s that for an endorsement?
But trust me, said endorsements aren’t just given. They must be earned.
And one thing that Katz Gluten Free does…is earn my endorsement. Whenever I am asked about gluten-free foods, I always direct the person to the Katz Gluten Free Web site…because they can get a sampler for free (just the cost of shipping) and try out some of the great items that Katz has to offer. But Katz Gluten Free is smart…and they don’t give their best away. The donuts, the bagels, the English muffins…those aren’t included in the sampler…but are definitely some of my favorite things I’ve ordered.
And now…you can add their new Lemon Poppy Loaf to that list.
Welcome to the gym morning crush and rush. This means…early morning to get up and head over to the gym…get in some cardio and weights and then get to the office. Every gym morning requires me to bring something to feast on for breakfast at the office while I begin working. This normally is something easy…something I can slap into the microwave and have it done. Always served with fruit, of course…because I like to balance things out. With the Cinnamon and Chocolate Buns now gone (oh, Katz Gluten Free…I will be ordering those again!) I looked peered into my pantry and freezer for something I could easily serve up to my roomie and I at the office.
I could have made scones…but really thought about it too late. So, baking was not happening. Not this week.
But then…there in my freezer, under some frozen fruits…I spotted the Katz Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Loaf that I ordered when I put in the order for the Cinnamon and Chocolate Buns. I mean…come on…it’s lemon. And lemon things are delicious. I removed the loaf from the freezer and set it out on the counter to thaw overnight. I got up early that following morning to do my training run, then came home and unwrapped the loaf, opened it up, and sliced it up…two slices for each of us…because it is breakfast after all. I placed these slices into a container, placed it in a cooler with our recovery drinks (chocolate milk for the roomie, and chocolate coconut water for me!) and anything else I was bringing for snacks and lunch. And my tea. Because that is important!
First of all, upon slicing the loaf I was very happy to see just how light and moist and fluffy it was. The knife slid right through it, cutting it perfectly without me hacking it to death and giving it this odd slanting slices. These were uniform and perfect. Second of all, because of the nature of the loaf being so moist, nothing like butter was needed to add to it. Could it be done, sure. But why butter up something so lemony fresh?
So, after hitting the gym and heading to the office, I set to work in the kitchen and placed two slices on each of our plates, giving them a little warming in the microwave. About 20 seconds. I served these with clementines, because citrus and citrus is always a safe bet, yes? YES! It was quick, easy, and really could have been served minus the nuking in the microwave…but I love a hot slice of bread. It’s almost like it’s fresh from the oven that way.
I had no sooner settled into my desk after delivering Cathy her plate when my messenger blinked up with her exclamation of love and affection for the Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Loaf. I had to find out for myself. So, I picked up my fork, sliced off the corner, and took a bite.
OH…HELL YES! While Katz Gltuen Free does advertise this more as a cake…it is most certainly a sweet bread. And I couldn’t have been happier with it. The moist and fluffy lightness I described while cutting it was not an illusion. The Katz Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Loaf was not dense, heavy, or hard. It had this great brown and moist crust where it baked and inside…this gorgeous speckled loaf that just begged to be devoured. The lemon flavor was there…but it wasn’t overpowering. It was not an afterthought either. Rather, it was that perfect balance…no tartness…but definitely sweet and delicious. Happiness in breakfast form.
So, what does Katz bake into their Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Loaf? According to the package, this bread of lemon-poppy-awesomesaucy is a blend of a gluten-free flour mix (which includes brown rice flour, tapioca flour, and millet flour), eggs, sugar, brown sugar, canola oil, water, poppy seeds, baking powder, lemon extract, vanilla extract, xanthan gum, and salt. This bread is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and soy-free, corn-free and cholesterol free.
As far as nutrition goes…a serving of the Katz Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Loaf is one slice. There are 10 servings per loaf. One slice of the loaf will give you 140 calories and 5 grams of fat. You will be taking in 130 mg sodium and 10 grams of sugar. And you will be consuming 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein. Another good reason to serve it up with something…you won’t be left feeling full after eating this. But…it’s so good you probably won’t care either.
Oh…yeah. If you like lemon things…lemon flavors…and just gluten-free food that tastes better than the “real” thing…you need to treat yourself to this delicious indulgence. Katz Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Loaf is a delicious slice of gluten-free heaven…and you’ll want to go back for more.