My sister-in-law (who is also gluten free) mentioned a brand called Rudi’s to me – she said that their bread was incredible. “You don’t even need to toast it!” she said. That’s a big deal when it comes to gluten free bread. Most of the brands on the market fall short on that point and don’t really taste good or hold up well unless they come straight from the toaster. So … I went a-lookin’ for Rudi’s bread, but found Udi’s instead (no relation). Since I didn’t see Rudi’s, I thought, well, maybe I just heard wrong (yes, it does happen), so I bought the loaf of Udi’s. Come to find out – Udi’s bread is incredible, and equally holds up to the no-toaster-required test.
Bread is very specific in quality and texture. You need the right combination of yeast, wheat and a bunch of other things to hold it together, get those nice air pockets that burst in the oven, and to have it rise just the right amount. This is a big cunundrum on the side of gluten free. The yeast can be there, but the wheat can’t – and the gluten can’t either (which tends to hold a lot of things together). So … when I pulled a piece of bread from the package and felt it’s spungy texture and quality, I was amazed. I don’t know what they did, but I’m sure someone in that bakery spent A LOT of time, effort, and money (because GF ingredients don’t come cheap) to come up with just the right balance to make such a clone of its gluten-filled brother bread.
I slathered on some jelly and some peanut butter and went to town. YUM! No toasting, just right out of the package. Like a kid pulling a couple slices of wonderbread for his PB&J, I was in heaven. It had been a long, long time since I had a non-toasted sandwich that I enjoyed. I handed it to my wife for a bite and she was impressed too. That week I finished 2 loaves of bread – PB&J, deli sandwiches, grilled cheese (dunked in tomato soup, of course), the list goes on…
Here’s the thing (and I think this applies to a lot of GF foods), I hadn’t even heard of UDI’s until about a month ago – crazy as it seems – because it wasn’t in my local health food store yet. I’m always hesitant to try any new breads party because they are expensive and partly because nothing really holds up. I’m glad UDI’s products are now local to me. It’s interesting how our gluten free world becomes limited by what’s in our local grocery store or health food market. I’ve not tried to by GF foods online because I like to read the package, smell it if I can, and look at the product, otherwise, perhaps my GF world would grow. On the other hand, I really like giving my business to my local health food store – the Health Food Corner whenever possible.
One last thing about UDI’s – I really like their GF philosophy. They are great artisans who want to make sure that even those of us with gluten intolerance can enjoy the simplest of things in life – a good piece of bread. (My mouth is watering for some bread and butter now!)
So … now you know why I list UDI’s bread on my GF starter’s list. It’s the best I have had – and I don’t have to bake it myself! You can buy UDI’s bread all over the place. Click here to find out where you can find a loaf near you, or you can buy some online at UDI’s Online Store.
P.S. I still haven’t had Rudi’s yet … at some point I’m going to try it though. My sister-in-law has good GF taste – so I trust her when it comes to these things!