A few years later Udi's came out with bread, hamburger and hot dog buns which actually held together and tasted decent. Not quite how I remembered their gluten counterparts but do-able. So Udi's became a staple in my freezer for a few years.
Rudi's followed soon after. Their sandwich bread tasted similar to Udi's but Rudi's had something different - cinnamon raisin bread. This was my new favorite bread. I'd toast it up and slather some peanut butter on top. Perfection... at the time.
A few months ago Sprouts was having their semi-annual gluten free sale and I discovered 2 more breads - Katz and Canyon Bakehouse. I first noticed something was different about these breads when I toasted them. Up until now I had always toasted my gluten free bread on the lightest setting on the toaster, and they would always end up quite browned and dry. But Katz and Canyon Bakehouse breads were barely warm and soft at the light setting - so I tried again with medium. Wow - moist, tasty, substantive bread. JUST LIKE GLUTEN BREAD. Seriously? And Canyon Bakehouse also makes a Cinnamon Raisin bread which put the Rudi's bread to shame. I'll bet I could eat these gluten free breads, gasp, untoasted!
Thank you Rudi's and Udi's for being there but I'm afraid I need to move on now.
I have not been able to find Katz since that first discovery in Sprouts but Canyon Bakehouse is at both Sprouts (refrigerated section) and Whole Foods (some in refrigerated, some in freezer - I always freeze my bread regardless of where I buy it).
If you do not live near a Sprouts or Whole Foods, you can buy directly from the sellers or via Amazon.
Trust me, these are the real deal!