Gluten-free & Vegan Bagels: Test Kitchen

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BAGELS BAGELS BAGELS!

This recipe has been on my Pinterest board forever. I mean what is better than a great bagel? After going gluten-free when I was in sixth grade I thought I wouldn’t ever get to enjoy a bagel again. Just about two years ago (before I was vegan) I found a great gluten-free bagel from Trader Joes! So that became my obsession.. until I kicked eggs out of my life and so I also had to kick the TJ’s bagels… BUT this recipe was sitting there waiting to be tested, so a few weeks ago I tested it!

Original recipe
Petite Allergy Treats

The recipe is from Petite Allergy Treats, a wonderful food blog with tons of delicious recipes! In the pictures the bagels looked so fluffy, golden brown, and pretty close to perfect! I decided to go ahead and try this recipe to see if I could finally have a good bagel back in my life.

THE RESULTS

While mixing the ingredients and forming the bagels, I was really impressed. The dough looked great and it seemed like everything was on track. But, when I left the bagels to rise, nothing happened. They stayed the same size and looked dense. I know that gluten-free flour is hard to work with so I decided to just keep going with the process and hoped they would be perfect in the end. After baking them and sprinkling them with salt I went in for my first bite. Not up to par. The bagels had great flavor but were doughy and dense. I was very disappointed because they looked awesome! I don’t want to say this is a bad recipe because the errors definitely could of been the flour I used since gluten-free flours are so different and tricky. If you are going to try this recipe make sure you use a really good flour and I hope it works out better for you than it did for me! I want to try this recipe a few more times with different flours and such but as of right now I give it a 5/10, great flavor, and does the job of a bagel, but isn’t a great one!

To find the original recipe click here! 

I love Petite Allergy Treats and in no way am trying to say the recipe sucked, there are many variables and a lot of human error can happen. Unfortunately, for me the errors got in the way! In the pictures the bagels looked glorious so I know there is hope! I will keep you updated if it works out later down the road!

Happy Baking!

Majken

 

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The Best Vegan Cheese: Test Kitchen

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After going vegan I searched for a long time to find a cheese that could stand alone. Growing up my favorite things at parties were cheese plates! Cheese on crackers simple and delicious! I read many other blogs that did the cheese test and I came across the brand Miyoko’s Kitchen, just from the pictures I could tell this was the real deal, so I headed to the store and picked up some of the double cream chive “cheese” and hurried home! I made some basil crackers to test it out on and here are the results!

Just “Cheese” and Cracker Test

I cut little slices and placed them on top of my crackers to test out how this cheese tasted without being melted or messed with. DELICIOUS. This product is so unbelievably creamy and filled with herbs! It tasted very decadent. I knew I had found the one. Seriously.

Melt Test

So this is where things got more interesting.. I melted the cheese on the crackers and tested it out. EVEN MORE DELICIOUS! I didn’t think this cheese could get better, I was so impressed, it got super gooey and the heat seemed to bring out different flavors in the cheese, so delicious.

Pizza Test

Lastly, I crumbled it on a pesto eggplant pizza I made for Mitch.  The cheese got pretty golden brown in the oven and I was nervous that the flavor might change into something… not so pleasant. But to my surprise the cheese somehow transformed again into something completely different. This might sound ridiculous but it tasted similar to sausage crumbles on pizza… amazing. So yeah it passes the pizza test.

Rating

10/10 Like go right now to the store and try it!! It is an expensive product but honestly is worth it to have a “cheese” experience that is the real deal. It is a handmade brand and you can tell when you look at one of these beautiful blocks of cheese. A bonus is when reading the label you can recognize all the ingredients which is not something you see everyday with vegan cheese. I am so impressed with this brand and I look forward to trying all the different types of cultured nut products they create!

To find a store near you or buy some cultured nut products (cheese) click here!

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