Saturday, June 13, 2009

TJ'S GLUTEN FREE ENGLISH MUFFINS


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!

6 comments:

Kim In Texas said...

I moved to Texas from California 4 years ago. There are not an TJ's here in Texas. I miss TJs, my Sunkist orange tree and my neighbors Sunkist lemon tree...especially now having to eat gluten free.

G.F.Veg said...

Oh, no, not even one! Well there are lots of stores I can't find in Manhattan, and I don't even know how to drive (I know, practically un-American of me!) so I really have few options and am especially glad TJ opened here--I was standing outside with the huge crowd on opening day. Guess I wasn't the only desperate one! We're lucky to have internet shopping to fill in the local gaps, though, aren't we?

I Am Gluten Free said...

I'm quite fond of the TJ's gluten free english muffins. But I'd love to figure out how to replicate the taste without the eggs. Any ideas?

G.F.Veg said...

have you ever tried en-r-g egg replacer?
also, look into articles about ground flaxseed and water used as egg replacers. i use eggs so have no direct experience with them, but many people do. hope that helps, and thanks for writing!

Cara said...

Thank you for the tip and review! I love baking, but for some reason, eng muffins are kind of a pain to make. Look forward to testing the TJs! AND MINI PIZZAS!

G.F.Veg said...

look for them....some people have told me they're hard to find, but i think they're worth a search!