My family has always had a special place for bagels on our breakfast menu. I remember walking to the bagel shop with my family and being greeted by the aroma of fresh baked bread, then biting into a lightly toasted bagel, crisp and crunchy on the outside, chewy and doughy on the inside, spread thickly with cream cheese and topped with thin slices of lox.
Once my family switched to a gluten free diet, I wondered if bagels would ever return to our breakfast menu. After taking one bite of a Joan’s Gluten Free bagel, I knew that the answer was a resounding yes. These are the best gluten free bagels I’ve tasted so far (and also among the best frozen bagels I’ve ever tasted) and definitely earn our seal of approval.
Joan’s GF Great Bakes frozen bagels are gluten free, preservative free, cholesterol free, soy free, and dairy free. They also contain no trans fats. They are available in four different varieties: Plain, Egg Free, Sesame, and Everything. My personal favorite is the Everything bagel. And I actually appreciated the fact that it wasn’t nearly as overpoweringly salty as is usually the case with this iconic New York flavor.
Easy & Quick Prep and Cooking Time
The bagels come frozen in a package of five. You can defrost them quickly in the microwave or using the defrost setting on your toaster. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 425°F. After the bagels are defrosted, bake them in the oven for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown and crusty. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes before slicing and spreading with your favorite topping.
The bagels can be difficult to slice with a knife even after defrosting and baking in the oven. I recommend using a bagel slicer. My family also likes to toast the bagels after the baking process to give them a crispier, crunchier taste. And we spread them very thickly with cream cheese.
These bagels are truly a treat for gluten free breakfasts and have definitely satisfied my family’s bagel cravings. I love that we can bake them ourselves so that the whole kitchen fills with that aroma of fresh baked bread. The bagels taste freshly baked as well, and the dough, unlike many gluten free breads, has no kind of back taste at all. These Joan’s gluten free bagels really are absolutely delicious.
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