I like trying new gluten-free goodies, even against my better judgment, because I'm curious and hey, you never know, right? On a recent shopping trip I discovered that Udi's, maker of my beloved soft and squishy gluten-free bagels, also makes gluten-free cinnamon rolls, score! I picked up a package, even though I wasn't totally convinced they would taste good, because if they DID, that would be a huge win.
Cinnamon rolls are one of the glutened treats I miss the most. Cinnabon has the whole cinnamon roll deal on lock down, and yes I'm sure mom and pop bakers can match and even exceed Cinnabon's deliciousness, but they will never capture that childhood dreaminess and nostalgia that Cinnabon will always have for me. Knowing all this, I should have steered clear of trying any gluten-free cinnamon roll, because it would never live up to my expectations, but I'm optimistic. Sadly, Udi's did not do it for me. I don't know if there was a special way to prepare their cinnamon rolls, but I assume not, because there were no instructions on the packaging. I tried a piece without warming it up and I wasn't really impressed, it was harder than I expected, but I thought that could be remedied with a little nuking. I popped a roll in the microwave for a few seconds to see if it would soften up, and all I succeeded in doing was making it chewy, and not in a good way. The flavor was ok, very cinnamony (is that even a word?), but the texture was woefully wrong - really bready. I even tried adding some of the cinnamon sugar topping, but I didn't like that either. The topping was very grainy and very heavily cinnamon flavored, nothing like my precious Cinnabon.
I give Udi's a thumbs up for trying to offer gluten-free sweets that are hard to come by, but I think they need to go back to the drawing board on this one. Has anyone tried their cinnamon rolls? What do you think?