Against the Grain gluten-free bagels, above, have one of the most fascinating ingredient lists you'll come across for a gluten-free bread product. Here it is: Tapioca starch, milk, eggs, mozzarella cheese, canola oil, sesame seeds, salt, sesame oil. What, you may ask, is mozzarella cheese doing IN a bagel? Now, this might lead you to believe that something definitely unusual might lie within the standard-issue plastic bag of frozen bagels, and you would be correct in that assumption.
Although this product is clearly the correct shape for being a bagel, its texture is nothing like the conventional middle-European baked good. The outside is slick (common) and slightly crackled (unusual). When instructions are followed to slightly defrost it in the microwave (common) it deflates considerably (unusual), thereby becoming somewhat sticky, flat, delicate and difficult to slice open.
This is, however, a tasty baked good. The mistake is calling it a bagel, which it resembles solely in its shape. It is, rather, a cheese and egg roll, soft till heavily toasted, and delightfully flavored. Ignore the hole in the middle. Consider it an unusual structural choice for a cheese roll and enjoy!If the taste of the bagel is overly sweetened or strangely so, it can throw off the taste of anything you apply to your bready donut. As in the case of Enjoy Life, above, which tasted strongly of apple juice it was present even under the melted cheddar. The Enjoy Life bagel is also more dense and smaller than a tradtional bagel.