Ernie and I took a little trip through the Pacific Northwest over Fourth of July weekend. We spent less than one day in Seattle as our entry point.
I swiftly picked up a small loaf of banana bread and a pumpkin cookie. The cookies are HUGE and probably chock full of calories; at 7 or 8" in diameter, I think they're bigger than Potbelly cookies! I'll review the cookie first. The pumpkin flavor wasn't too strong and maybe a bit on the mild end and it wasn't super sugary but had just the right amount of sweetness. There was a bit of a gritty rice-flour aftertaste that is common among gluten-free baked goods. The texture was soft and fluffy, more like a biscuit than a cookie but didn't have the stiff/stale texture of many gluten-free cookies (especially those frozen ones). Overall, I'd definitely try another flavor, but I won't jones after it to go as far as mail-ordering dozens to share with gluten-eating family and friends.
Pumpkin Cookie Rating: 7
The banana bread was so-so. I love original banana bread, often craving it and try to make some of my own gluten-free recipies but have yet to have any huge breakthrough. They all taste just OK, not fantastic but not terrible. I'd say this bread is also so-so. Like the cookie, the bread wasn't too flavorful but not too bland. You could definitely taste banana but I wish there were some chocolate chips! The texture was soft and moist and slightly fluffy but misses that deliciousness of original banana breads and is a bit more crumbly without the gluten to hold the bread together. There was still that rice flour aftertaste that leaves your tongue a bit gritty. I don't really know if it's due to the rice flour and that's totally my own non-culinary-artist assumption. Overall, I might buy this again but I'm still looking for that perfect loaf!
Banana Bread Rating: 6
Pike Place Market
1536 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101
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