Finally I got to try the much vaunted Canyon Bakehouse 7 Grain bread. It looked kinda small when I pulled the loaf from the Wegman’s freezer case. No matter, it is the taste that matters I thought as I yanked out a bag of Against the Grain sesame bagels. There were already a few new crackers in my pantry that are being tested…and eaten. Comments below.
Later that day I made a slice of the bread, toasted and half butter and half with homemade lemon marmalade. It was small but tasty. Maybe the best store bread I have had but not earth shatteringly good. I was somehow expecting to feel just that OMG taste after reading reviews and comments on it. But, I wasn’t blown away. I have made gf multigrain bread that tasted as good if not better. So I now feel okay about my own baking; it doesn’t have to be a huge slice to be successful. Nor is the flavor of my own bread lacking in comparison. I just prefer homemade. No preservatives. And I get the pleasure of mixing up my dough and of smelling it bake. Not saying this was bad bread, not at all. Just that my homemade is comparable and I am not missing a lot by making my own.
Second item; the bagel. I had bought Utz gf bagels long ago and was not impressed, they were like an old stiff sponge and had minimal flavor. This bagel; it is more open and has more flavor. Very light in weight and lots of holes; sort of like airy French bread as a bagel. I made homemade bagels last year and they were better in the chew department especially when really fresh. Still, it was hugely appealing to have a toasted bagel with no effort.
Third item; A huge bag of Skinny Quinoa Sticks given to me a while ago by a friend. They are sweet onion flavor and made with ancient grains per the label. Only 140 calories per serving and incredibly crunchy and rather addictive. Can’t eat just one, or ten. Yumm! I think she got them at Sam’s Club or Costco. Big bag, still eating. Not stale and not tired of them.
Fourth item: Hummus crackers by Mediterranean Snacks, roasted garlic flavor. Thin, crisp and mild. Made with garbanzo beans and pretty edible if not outstanding. I believe they were from Aldi’s. Their bland flavor will not compete with your dip or cheese. They are somewhat delicate; break easily if used to dip; say in hummus. Great with guacamole
Fourth item: Breton gf crackers. I tested the black bean and found it tasty, very delicate meaning it kept breaking in half just getting a cracker out of the box but somehow I kept wanting yet one more. I have another box not opened yet but a friend says it is a super great cracker, can’t wait to crack that box…
In conclusion, I liked all of the above but really loved the Skinny Quinoa sticks and I did enjoy both the convenience and the flavor of the bagels and breads. I use these crackers with cheese, guac, hummus and all on their own. All worthwhile to purchase. Still, I just made scratch “rye” bread this afternoon and am blown away by the flavor and crust. Homemade is best in my book!