The order came in this nifty frozen package, complete with dry ice to ensure everything stayed frozen:
I ordered some bagels, sandwich bread & cookies.... I wanted to try out the sandwich bread first because I had the bagels & cookies at the cooking spree.
For some reason - the sandwich bread has a totally different taste than the bagels - it has that "gluten free taste" - the texture is great, and the flavor is good. But it's not the bagels.
I'll still eat it, maybe it'll taste better later, but I doubt it.
It baked nicely with a good crusty crust
I made a turkey & cheese and it was definitely better than your standard small square of bread.
So then it was on to the bagels! I order plain and the onion, egg & poppy seed.
OK -- i'm not even sure what to write here, because they are just SO GOOD. They taste like real bagels - no, not just real bagels - they remind me of New York bagels. If that's not a compliment, I don't know what is.
A pic of the finished product is at the top, but here is the package & the de-frosted bagels on the baking sheet. Check 'em out:
I still have to make the chocolate chip cookies, and I'm really looking forward to that! I'm sad that the bagels will be gone quickly because they're never going to make it past Monday, I ate two today... It's also too bad that Joan's products are SO EXPENSIVE.... but if you have a special event or are just craving a really good tasting bagel, it may be worth the occasional splurge.
If these were cheaper, I'd probably keep them stocked in my freezer all the time.
***UPDATE: Just wanted to let you know that as of today (Monday) the bagels have gotten very hard so they don't keep that well - good thing there is only 1 left! I cut through one (with difficulty) and toasted it and it still tasted delicious -- but it lost it's first day glory. If I get these again I will probably bake on demand.
Also - Joan has added some new locations to where she stocks her items, check it out here.