Product Review: Mina’s Purely Divine Gluten Free Bread Mix + Recipe Bonus

Mina's Purely Divine Gluten Free Bread Mix

Mina’s Purely Divine Gluten Free Bread Mix

Product: Mina’s Purely Divine Gluten Free Bread Mix – $5.79+

It was Easter Sunday and I woke up early.  I haven’t been sleeping well due to bouts of chronic pain in my back and hip.  So, I got out of bed and came out to the living room to do my stretches assigned to me by my physical therapist.  It was as I started doing these that I thought to myself:

“Self…what are we having for breakfast this beautiful Easter morning?”

Since I am currently in a state of no running at all…I had plenty of time to come up with something.  And for some strange reason, I recalled having two bags of Mina’s Purely Divine Gluten Free Bread Mix in my pantry.  I bought these and a chocolate cake mix (which I have used already and didn’t review because I never tried the finish product…I made it for someone else…so now I have to purchase another bag) on Manager’s Special at my local grocery store…for $1.99.  How fantastic is that?

I knew very little about the Mina’s Purely Divine products when I bought them, just that I had seen them featured in ads in my gluten-free magazines.  That was the only familiarity I had with them.  So, with the recollection and the realization that I had two pouches of the Gluten-Free Allergen-Friendly Bread Mix in my pantry…I thought…

Bagels.

Because when I already fail at baking up gluten-free bread more often than I succeed…why not bake bagels.  Because that is SO much easier! *SARCASM*

That being said…I had it in my head now to make them.  It was going to either end well…or be a complete and epic fail.  It wouldn’t be my first.  So, while the roomie was still slumbering in her room…I went into the kitchen and plucked one of the bags of Mina’s Purely Divine Gluten Free Bread Mix off the shelf and set out to work.

Long story short…for my first time making bagels (and gluten-free bagels at that!)…this worked wonderfully.  They didn’t rise as much as I had hoped they would, but they did rise some in the 30 minutes I gave them to just sit.  I think next time I’m going to try the oven on warm thing that a friend suggested and see if it makes any sort of distance.  They held up to boiling in the water and even the actual baking.  Totally impressed.  But the real challenge was going to be in the taste.

By the time the bagels were in the oven and baking (given a little bit of egg wash over the top and a sprinkling of the “everything spice” that I picked up in Charleston, SC, the roomie had emerged and was ready for some brekkies.  I told her that breakfast was currently in the oven…and I would have it ready once the timer went off.  It was already starting to smell amazing, so when she asked what it was, I actually told her.

Bagels.

She looked really surprised.  “You made bagels?!”  You see…she has suffered through more than one epic gluten-free homemade bread loaf fail…so I wasn’t insulted at all.  I nodded and as I pulled them out of the oven, called her over to take a look.  They were perfectly golden on the outside.  Fresh and hot out of the oven, I didn’t want to slice into them so just put some vegan cream cheese in a bowl and said we’d dip (kind of how I used to eat soft pretzels).  So, onto some plates the bagels went while the rest cooled on the pan.  I handed a plate and bowl of the cream cheese over to her and went to get my own.  She started her cry of “hot, hot, hot!” as she broke it open and steam from the fresh bagels swirled up from the little breakfast goodie.  She took a bite and said, “It tastes like a bagel!”

Now, she’s had Everything Bagels from some of the top-flight bakeries in New York City…and she seemed quite content to dive into my first attempt at ever making bagels.  Trust me…she’s quite the critic and if she doesn’t like something…she’ll say so.  But she thought the texture and the flavor were spot on.  And after I got settled to try it for myself…I totally agreed.  As a New Yorker, bagels were a way of life growing up.  I still love them, but am often relegated to getting the frozen versions from Udi’s (as they are the only gluten-free bagels outside of Jennifer’s Way in NYC that have come close to tasting like the real thing!)…which is fine in a pinch.  But these…these were mine.  And they wouldn’t have been possible without Mina’s Purely Divine Gluten Free Bread Mix, for sure.

Truth…I can’t wait to make these again with the other batch.  Maybe get a bit more rise out of them so that middle gets all fluffy and amazing.  Cathy said these were very reminiscent of the ones we ate at Jennifer’s Way back in March, which I took as a high compliment as my first bite of one of Jennifer’s Way bagels made me cry.  Good tears.  This mix worked beautifully and made amazing bagels.  Talk about taking a risk and having it pay off in the end.

Let’s discuss the ingredients in Mina’s Purely Divine Gluten Free Bread Mix.  This mix is made up of organic rice flour, potato starch, organic cassava starch, organic sorghum flour, arrowroot starch, rice flour, teff flour, sea salt, yeast, xanthan gum, and guar gum.

As far as nutrition goes, the Mina’s Purely Divine Gluten Free Bread Mix contains about 13 servings, with each serving being about 1/4 cup.  A serving will provide 100 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 50 mg sodium, 23 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams of sugar, 1 gram fiber, and 1 gram protein.  That’s really good for a bread mix.  I am very impressed.

If you have access to Mina’s Purely Divine Gluten Free Bread Mix…and feel like taking on a challenge, go ahead…whip up your own homemade gluten-free bagels!!  You’ll be very impressed with the results.

Recipe: Gluten Free Everything Bagels

Gluten Free Everything Bagels made with Mina's Purely Divine Gluten Free Bread Mix

Gluten Free Everything Bagels made with Mina’s Purely Divine Gluten Free Bread Mix

Servings: 6-12 (I made 8 good-sized bagels!)
Time: Prep 1 hour; Bake 18-20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package, approx. 2⅔ cups Mina’s Purely Divine Gluten Free Bread Mix
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2¼ tsp yeast (included)
  • 1 tsp + 1 Tbsp sugar, divided
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 egg white, whisked (optional)
  • sesame or poppy seeds for toppings (optional)

Directions:

Add to mixer bowl, 1 cup warm water, 1 tsp of sugar and the yeast. Whisk and let rest for 10 minutes.

Add to yeast mixture: 1 cup of bread mix, the rest of the sugar, the oil, the molasses, and mix well.

Add last 1-2/3 cups of bread mix. Mix on medium high for 5 minutes.

Scrape out on a lightly oiled surface. Form dough into a log. Cut into 6 large or 12 small pieces. (I went for the middle and did 8 perfect size pieces). Roll each piece with lightly oiled hands into a 6″ rope. Shape in a circle, crimping edges.

Arrange bagels on parchment paper. Cover with oiled plastic wrap. Let rise in warm draft free area for 30 minutes. Dough will be tender at this point after the initial rise.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Bring 3 quarts of water to a slow boil. Gently using oiled hands, or spatula, drop each bagel, one at a time, into the water. Boil in small batches, do not crowd. Simmer for 30 seconds on each side, flip over once. Drain on rack for 5 minutes.

Brush with whisked egg white (optional) and sprinkle the toppings on at this point, if using.

Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 20 to 25 minutes for large bagels and 15 minutes for small bagels. (It took mine 18 minutes…so if you do 8…go with that!)

Cool on rack.

DEVOUR!

~*~*~

I was so impressed with the way Mina’s Purely Divine Gluten Free Bread Mix baked up perfect, delicious bagels. And with this being my first time ever attempting such a culinary feat…well…it just made me want to improve on it.

That being said…WOW!!  Total and complete WOW!!  Find Mina’s Purely Divine Gluten Free Bread Mix and, seriously, give this recipe a try.  I am dying to do it all over again!  Maybe even improve on it some.  We shall see!

Mina’s Purely Divine is purely amazing, purely awesome, and…yes…purely divine!  Just WOW!

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