You’ll probably know (if you didn’t, now you do) that I adore crunchy things. I was looking for a new loaf in Sainsbury’s when I came across their bakery’s Harvest Grain Loaf. This intrigued me, because I have absolutely no idea what that means. I gave it a tap and it sounded really crunchy so I decided to give it a go.
I would not eat this bread untoasted – it is extremely chewy. Toasted, however, it becomes completely crisp, which came as a nice surprise at first but gradually tired out my mouth and tastebuds.
What better way to mark my return than with a review of my very first hot cross buns? And what better way to begin this journey than with Britain’s best hot cross buns? I am neither Catholic nor English, which explains why I have yet to try this little delight in my twenty years on Earth.
Untoasted, they looked squished, plain and kind of cheap. Nevertheless, I did my research, and the most popular method of serving hot cross buns appeared to be slicing, toasting and buttering them.
Such beauty. The abundance of currants; the crackly, caramelised surfaces; the half-melted butter slowly oozing through fluffy crevices. This was a wonderful experience. Realistically, it’s like a richer, softer cinnamon raisin loaf, but I’m not complaining. At all.
Hello, I know I’ve been away too long but allow me to use the ever-reliable excuse of “exams” (sounds a lot better than “sheer laziness”).
Anyway I tried a new bread, Kingsmill Tasty Wholeneal Medium, and it is so good that I was seized by the urge to review it.
This is my first time trying Kingsmill. I was an ardent supporter of Warburtons and a Hovis hater, but I’ve been converted. This bread is thick, fluffy, soft, and actually tasty! It toasts well but it’s so nice that I often eat it without toasting (especially with peanut butter).
It doesn’t claim to be a slimmer’s bread, but at 68 calories per slice it’s not TOO bad, and even for me, worth the extra calories.
The best before date was two days ago and it shows no signs of aging or drying so far, but we shall wait and see.
My only complaint is that there are only 12 slices in a loaf, whereas many other medium loaves have around 14-16? So it ends up being a little pricier.
At only 50 calories per slice this is possibly the lowest calorie loaf of bread you could find in any UK supermarket. Their malted version is 51 while Hovis Nimble and Warburtons Medium Wholemeal are 52 and 55 calories, respectively.
I’m actually not a fan of white bread as I find it too artificial-tasting, but thought it’d be a nice change from wholemeal. This loaf is soft and slightly sweet, a bit thin but manages to hold up to heavier toppings such as crunchy peanut butter (evidenced in my review of Hi-Pro Crunchy Peanut Butter). It toasts really well, becoming light and crispy without too much browning.
While I’m on this subject of bread I might as well do a quick comparison between the aforementioned low-calorie loaves. Ranked in order of my preference:
Warburtons Medium Wholemeal (55 kcal/slice): My favourite. I always come back to this. It’s substantial and never ‘hole-y’ and stays fresh for the longest time.
Weightwatchers Malted Danish (51 kcal/slice): A good, standard loaf. Thinner than Warburton’s though but it has fewer calories.
Weightwatchers Soft White Danish (50 kcal/slice): Similar to their Malted Danish loaf, except white. The only reason it’s in third place is because I like brown bread more.
Hovis Nimble (52 kcal/slice): Last place by far… Extremely thin with an unacceptable number of holes, burnt far too easily, and worst of all, got mouldy a mere 2 days after the best before date. I was actually quite shocked because I have never had a loaf go mouldy on me in my entire life.
Note: The Weightwatcher’s bread is actually also baked by Warburtons. Impressive.
Calories (per slice): 50 kcal
Price: 80p at Sainsburys
Would I buy again: Maybe once in a rare while when I am sick of brown bread.