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!