Product Review: Williams-Sonoma Gluten Free Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Bread

Williams-Sonoma Gluten Free Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Bread
Williams-Sonoma Gluten Free Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Bread

Product: Williams-Sonoma Gluten Free Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Bread – $14.95

I have to give major kudos to the kitchen giant that is Williams-Sonoma…aka…that store that is like crack to me…really out of my price range, but, dammit, I keep going back to it.  HA!  When Cup4Cup was first introduced to the gluten free market, it was done through Williams-Sonoma stores.  And that was where I first bought it…for a price tag as extravagant as the one you see attached to this little package of bread mix.

But…sometimes…the price is worth the product.

Last year, Williams-Sonoma unveiled a plethora of holiday mixes and even offered a gluten-free version of some of them.  One such product was the Gluten Free Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Bread mix.  When I saw it, I didn’t care that it was $15, I took it up to the register and purchased it.  The reason I mention Cup4Cup above is that this quick bread mix is made with Cup4Cup Gluten Free flour!  I took it home and put it in my pantry, excited beyond belief to have this bread mix.

And then never got around to making it.

But the great pantry purge is on…and this was still just sitting there…begging to be made.  Last night, while The Voice was on television, I set out with a mission.  Not just to bake cookies (which I did), but to make this bread.  I don’t know why I waited so long.  It was SO easy.

In a large bowl, I simply poured the Williams-Sonoma Gluten Free Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Bread mix and added 1 stick of melted vegan butter, which I let cool slightly, 1 cup water, and 2 eggs.  That was it.  Easy-peasy.  I gave it a stir until it was smooth and blended…then poured the batter into a greased bread pan.  Into a preheated 350°F oven it went for around one hour.

The wait was difficult because, as it baked, it smelled amazing.  I was doing my PT stretches and practically drooling.  Seriously.  And when the timer finally went off and I pulled the loaf pan from the oven, it was all I could do to wait the 10 minutes for it to cool before turning it out and being able to at least sample a piece.  I did manage to wait, but the minute that timer went off…it was game on.

I sliced off the very end of the bread, loving how moist and rich it felt as I sliced with a sharp knife.  I could see the scattering of pecans throughout the loaf.  Not only did it smell amazing, it looked amazing too.  But the test always comes with the first bite.

WOW.  Moist, soft, packed with flavor.  It tastes like fall…giving off hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.  Every bite was a delight.  No joke.  I loved the speckled bits of pecans throughout, which gave the moist and soft slice a bit of texture as well.  The crust on the outside got to this beautiful golden shade and, while it is a pumpkin bread, it wasn’t just loaded with the pumpkin flavor.  I think that’s a bit of a disappointment for me, but the spices really shine this way, and that’s not such a bad thing.  It’s now dessert and possibly the base of a French toast this coming week.  Seriously…I am so in love with this bread.

Let’s discuss the ingredients of the Williams-Sonoma Gluten Free Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Bread.  This mix is made from gluten free flour (cornstarch, white rice flour, brown rice flour, milk powder, tapioca flour, potato starch, xanthan gum), sugar, dried pumpkin flakes, unsalted pecans, buttermilk powder, korintje cinnamon powder, sodium bicarbonate, salt, nutmeg, and ginger.

As far as nutrition goes, a serving of the Williams-Sonoma Gluten Free Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Bread is 1/15 dry mix (34 grams) or 1 slice (48 grams) of the baked quick bread.  There are about 15 servings per container.  A serving of the mix will give you 130 calories, 2 grams of fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 190 mg sodium, 28 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 15 grams sugars, and 2 grams of protein.  When prepared, the bread goes up in calories to 190 calories per slice, which isn’t bad for a sweet bread of sorts.  The package also comes with instructions for a cream cheese icing…but I didn’t have all of the ingredients on hand…and I love it plain anyway.  But the option is there!

I was really impressed with how well this bread baked up, how moist and delicious it is.  I love how it just tastes like fall.  I was hooked in one bite.  And now I can’t wait to try other seasonal gluten-free quick bread mixes from Williams-Sonoma…because they really won me over with the Gluten Free Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Bread.  I might have to go pick up another package before it disappears (and then not wait so long to make it this time!).

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