With more and more of my friends going gluten-free, I’m always on the lookout for baked goods that fit their dietary restrictions and taste good.
Believe me, the two don’t always go hand in hand.
But at Brooklyn’s Baked Better, they definitely do. The company, founded by two friends, makes organic bread mixes that make baking your own loaf at home a cinch. All you do is add water and a tad of honey or sugar.
I’d already tried their three initial mixes, when they sent me a sample of their newest creation: Fort Greene Gluten Free.
The mix, named after one of Brooklyn’s most historic neighborhoods, contains brown rice flour, light buckwheat flour, teff flour, rolled oats, ground flaxseed meal, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and yeast.
It bakes up with a crisp crust and a dense, but soft crumb. It’s very hearty tasting and the sunflower seeds add a nice pop of crunch. With its profusion of whole grains, this is a filling bread to nosh on. One slim slice for breakfast will definitely set you for the morning.
The $8.49 mix is priced about $1.50 higher than the company’s other mixes. All of them are available on the Baked Better Web site.
For every purchase, the company allows you to vote online for one of several organizations to which it allocates a portion of its profits. Those include the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Having a loaf warm out of the oven gave me an excuse to try some new jams, too. Santa Cruz Organic has two new fruit spreads — Concord Grape and Mango.
Made without high fructose corn syrup or preservatives, the spreads are smooth and thick. Fruit is the first thing listed on the ingredients list, too.
I appreciated that they were not overly sugary tasting. You can really taste the fruit in these. The Mango had me thinking of Hawaii immediately after just one taste. The Concord Grape has a big, dark, winey grape flavor. It is ideal for a PB&J made with really good homemade peanut butter.
Each 9.5-ounce jar is $3.89 at grocery stores nationwide.