Ta-Da! All toasted and buttered up, the long-awaited (by me, anyway) Trader Joe's Gluten-Free English Muffins!!
As you can see, they toast nicely and hold up to the butter (actually, Smart Balance Spread) puddled in the lower right of the bottom photo. They're crispy after a standard amount of time in my toaster oven, nothing extra needed to get this pleasing color and texture. I can see these as the base for the mini English pizzas my mom used to make, for quick cheddar and tomato grills, and just plain jam butties as I believe they're called overseas.
My only problem–-and I really am glad to have these available just a quick walk down the street from my house–-is that (dare I say it–-please don't leave because I don't think you're perfect!) they are a tiny bit bland. They're missing a certain salty tangy edge I remember. Could the famous nooks and crannies be a little deeper? Sure, but, in the end....
These are HERE NOW, while the others no longer exist for me. Until I work on my own version (which I may yet do--watch this space!), I am grateful that TJ is once again reaching out to the gluten-free community with a useful and affordable product. This one's a perfect fit for those moments when energy for home cooking doesn't extend beyond an English muffin mini-pizza--and I'm sure we've all had those moments!
So, all in all, here's a heartfelt, crumb-dusted thumbs-up for Trader Joe's English Muffins!