Udi’s Gluten-free products have been reviewed on this site by Tiffany Jakubowski, who is lucky enough to live in the Denver area where the company is based. If you missed her review of Udi’s breads, you can read it in full here. I was first made aware of the line by Gluten-Free Dee, when I worked for another online information site. Udi’s gluten-free products are like no others in the U.S.
When I first tasted the Udi’s breads I cried – they were that amazing. Immediately I thought to check and see if maybe there was wheat starch in the breads, as some gluten-free items have in other countries. Wheat starch can be processed to the point that it is considered gluten-free. No wheat starch was to be found in the ingredient list on anything from Udi’s. The products are just really exceptional tasting, reminding one of gluten containing products.
I used Udi’s white bread to make Pineapple Casserole for Thanksgiving. When making this recipe, I do not toast the bread but do let it sit out and get stale. Also, since most gluten-free bread slices are smaller than gluten bread slices, I use fourteen pieces of bread which is two more than called for. If you cut the recipe in half for a smaller crowd, use seven pieces of bread. Some of our guests wanted to take home leftovers of the casserole. It tasted exactly as it had when I made it with gluten bread for years – or possibly a little better.
The dish is very similar to a bread pudding, meaning you can use Udi’s bread in any bread pudding recipe and likely end up with amazing results. My husband is a big fan of ice cream and is always looking for ways to enjoy it differently. He loves pineapple casserole heated up a bit and used as a topping for vanilla ice cream. I’m not a big ice cream fan but must admit that topping ice cream with pineapple casserole is a fabulous use for leftovers!
Though I’ve not had the pleasure of trying the new bagels from Udi’s yet, they must be as great as everything else from the bakery is because Einstein Bros. Bagels is now test marketing the bagels in three Denver area stores! Can you imagine walking into a bagel shop and getting a gluten-free bagel with cream cheese? Presently there are no plans to take this program nationwide, but my guess is that if enough consumers ask Einstein’s for gluten-free bagels, the company will give the idea serious consideration.
If there is an Einstein Bros. Bagels in your area, consider taking a moment to contact the store and ask if they have Udi’s bagels. Also, call (or e-mail) the corporate office and ask they bring the bagels to your store. The toll free number is 1-800-224-3563. It won’t cost you a dime and it will take very little time. My motto is, and has always been, you have to ask for what you want in life – even if it’s wonderful gluten-free food. Thanks to the folks at Udi’s for making such amazing products for our market. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
Exciting news for Atlantans – Return to Eden now carries several items from Udi’s, including both amazing breads. They are kept in the ‘Grab and Go’ section of the refrigerated case. The Lemon Streusel Muffins are ‘to die for’ delicious! Natural Foods Warehouse and Publix stores carry several Udi’s gluten-free products.