Thursday, December 16, 2010

Katz Gluten Free Product Review and Winter Giveaway

Purely in the interests of culinary science, my family and I were able to sample some new products from the delightful folks at Katz Gluten Free, a bakery in Monroe, New York. The company sent me free samples of two of their newest GF products, vanilla rugelech and chocolate frosted cupcakes.

For those poor unfortunates who haven't been introduced to rugelech yet, this is a fantastic little Jewish sweet treat that is spelled and pronounced with many variants (I always say it phonetically,"rug-uh-luh"). Any way you pronounce it or spell it, rugelech is always delicious. It is basically a strip of sweet dough, square or triangular, wrapped around a luscious filling of some sort, and then rolled up into a pinwheel and baked.

The Katz Gluten Free Bakery already has a cinnamon and chocolate rugelech in its product line (which I reviewed previously here) and are introducing a vanilla rugelech. Many rugelechs are prepared with a cream cheese or butter-filled dough, but the Katz rugelechs are prepared dairy-free and kosher, on top of being made with all-natural ingredients. They can be purchased through the mail from the Katz website or found in some Capital District food stores, like Four Seasons in Saratoga Springs and Honest Weight Food Coop in Albany. Because they do not contain any preservatives, the Katz bakery items are purchased frozen. I also like the fact that they are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility (it is also nut-free and dairy-free).


The vanilla rugelech did not last long in our house. These sweet little nuggets thaw quickly and were appreciatively dunked in coffee and glasses of milk with vanilla-crusted thumbs up by all four Crispy Eaters in our home. Similarly, the chocolate cupcakes, frosted with chocolate icing and sprinkles, were savored by the chocolate lovers in our house (one poor sod doesn't have the chocolate appreciation gene). I find that the cupcakes, being rather zaftig (Yiddish for generously-sized), benefited from a quick blast in the microwave when I took them out of the freezer. I covered the cupcakes with a paper napkin and gave them a 15 second nuking, let them rest for a minute and then they were appropriate for noshing.

Katz Gluten Free Bakery is holding a spectacular winter giveaway that will provide one lucky winner with a huge box containing every gluten-free product that the company makes, followed by a second bakery box containing the winner's ten favorite items. Anyone in the U.S. or Canada is able to enter this giveaway at this site. The winner will be drawn on January 3, 2011.

You can also check out the rest of the Katz Bakery line on their website, which includes free shipping on orders over $30 through the holiday season. One can also order a free Katz bakery sampler, which includes a slice each of their four gluten-free breads, 1 dinner roll, 1 cookie, 1 rugelech and 1 slice of marble cake. Shipping costs do apply to the sampler pack. However............

One of my Crispy Cook readers can win a free Katz Gluten Free sampler pack sent to their U.S. or Canadian home for free. Just leave a comment below telling me about the best gluten-free baked good you've eaten recently by my deadline of December 31, 2010 (midnight Eastern Standard Time) and I will randomly select a winner from the comments after that time.

Good luck to all!

11 comments:

~M said...

I'd like to win! I love that this is a kosher, dairy-free, gluten-free, ALL NATURAL product...many kosher companies compromise the natural part by using hydrogenated oils and other products I don't want to consume.

Anyway, my most recent and favorite baked good was Spunky Coconut's vanilla bean cake. Delicious and moist, it's even my husband's favorite white cake (including gluten-ful ones) and it's very healthy and easy to prepare!

Paula Decaria said...

The best gluten-free baked good I've had recently was also dairy-free, soy-free and egg-free, too...it was my incredible bar cookies: http://freelifeglutenfree.blogspot.com/2010/12/most-incredible-bar-cookies.html

Catherine Agnes said...

My cousin made a delectable gluten-free pumpkin cheesecake for thanksgiving. That's the most recent.

Commercially speaking, I love Charlotte's Bakery's rice bread.

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Nicole said...

I would love to try Katz's products. My favourite gluten-free baked good at the moment is Elana Amsterdam's Pumpkin Cranberry Upside Down Cake. It's festive, pretty and absolutely delicious! I've made two in the past two weeks and they've been devoured within days.

Heidi said...

The best GF product I have eaten recently was Udi's plain bagels. Even my two children agree, their bagels are soft and chewy! We like to smother on the cream cheese and strawberry preserves for an extra special treat.

Heidi said...

I just realized you might be asking for a dessert type baked good! So while we love Udi's bagels our most favorite dessert baked good is the Shabtai Gourmet GF Chocolate Swiss Cake Roll! This swiss roll tastes too good to be true, it is always moist on the inside and the chocolatey outside is TDF!

Heather said...

How can I pick just one? We are surrounded with gluten-free yumminess this close to Christmas! So most recently it would be chocolate chip merengues made by a dear friend.

Marisa said...

I just used a Seizethedeal coupon at Laurie's Gluten Free Bakery up in Scotia, NY. They had some fantastic items, like carrot cake, lemon bars, and a cheesecake/chocolate cupcake yum!

Eagles17 said...

The best GF desert I've had in a while were the GF Ghiradelli chocolate brownies I made from a recipe I found on AllRecipes. MMmm, were they delicious - ooey, gooey, and oh so perfect! =)

Stephanie said...

Found you by accident, and oh so happy! My favorite recent G-F treat was a homemade cookie I've dubbed "Almond Chocolate Drops." I messed up Elana's Pantry chocolate chip cookies, and loved them :)
The mess-up was using coconut sugar instead of agave. Without the stickiness, they were like almond crescents (yum!). Round 2, still no agave, but used a little coconut sugar, a little raw sugar for meltiness, and applesauce. Then didn't have time to bake them, so threw it in the fridge overnight. WOW! Like regular dough! They were delish raw and cooked.

I'd love to try this nosh!

Lauren said...

I recently made some GF lemon rosemary shortbread cookies using the Bob's Red Mill shortbread cookie mix as a base. Reviews have been oddly mixed. Some thought they tasted like pine trees, others LOVED them. I thought the texture was pretty good for a GF cookie.