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Cheating My Way To A Fresh Loaf!
Hovis White Bread Mix
Member Name: angelboouk
Hovis White Bread Mix
Advantages: easy to use, price, texture, taste, small
Disadvantages: not as satisfying as making bread from scratch
Hovis offer a range of bread products.Hovis White Bread MixHovis offer a few different flour products for bread making. They have a bread mix which can be used for baking bread by hand or for use in a bread machine.
The bread mix can be used to make a large, 2lb loaf when used in the bread maker. If baking by hand, it can make a large loaf, 2 small loaves or 8 rolls. This bread mix is made with 100% British wheat and should make a delicious white loaf. It is suitable for vegetarians. There are no artificial preservatives or flavours present. You can opt for a granary mix too.
The idea behind this bread mix is that it takes out the hassle of weighing lots of different ingredients. Basically, you need warm water and some optional butter. The bake by hand method involves a lot of hassle and I feel that if you are going to make your own bread by hand, you may as well make it from scratch!
If you are using a bread maker, the mix should added to your bread pan followed by your option 25g of butter and then 350ml of warm water. It is recommended that you do not use a fast bake option but set your machine to bake a 2lb loaf on a dark crust setting. That is it!
The bread mix is presented in a paper like back which is made of mixed materials and cannot be recycled. The bag is red and cream and all the important product information is noted.
~Ingredients and Nutrition~
Wheat Flour (milled from 100% British Wheat),Dried Yeast ,Dextrose ,Wheat Fibre ,Salt ,Soya Flour ,Vegetable Oils ,Calcium Carbonate ,Emulsifiers (E472e, E491) ,Milk Proteins ,Flour Treatment Agent (E300) ,Hemicellulase ,Alpha-Amylase
(basically everything you would put into the machine if baking from scratch)
1/12 of a 2lb loaf contains 151 calories, 1.6g of sugar, 0.3g of saturated fat and 0.47g of salt.
This bread mix is a 495g size. Tesco have it priced at 67p. Asda offer it at 90p on a 2 for £1.70 offer.
When I received my bread maker at Christmas, I was a bit unsure what ingredients I would need to make my first loaf. I browsed the shelves in Asda and came home with what I thought I would need. Luckily I picked up 2 bags of Hovis Bread Mix as I actually didn't get all the correct ingredients. Rather than make a further trip to Asda, I decided to try out the bread mix. I think it is safe to say, I won't be giving up Warburtons loaves any time soon, but this is a pretty good bread mix!
Using this mix is very easy and it really is as simple as throwing everything into my bread pan. I did feel a little guilty about "faking" my first loaf but had a little bit of satisfaction! The bread mix itself is a thick and crumbly powder which has a wheat aroma. There is plenty of it and when you consider the price, it is much cheaper than a shop bought loaf. I decided to add the 25g of butter (I use block butter) and set my machine to the recommended size and crust.
~Can You Smell It?~
I suppose I was a little bit excited about using my bread maker for the first time. I peeked in the viewing window and noticed that the bread mix, mixed up well and everything was done for me from the kneading to the cooking. I made the mistake of opening the top of the bread maker towards the end which did impact the overall appearance of my bread. I didn't make that mistake with the second bag.
Anyway, 3 hours (or there abouts) later, my bread maker bleeped and I quickly removed the loaf from the bread pan. 2lb isn't massive but freshly baked bread is really designed to be consumed quickly after baking. It was a nice size for my family of 3. The first loaf had risen nicely but because I opened the machine, it had sunk in at one end and looked rather mishaped! I felt the dark crust was a bit too dark for my liking as I prefer a light crust.
The second loaf looked a bit better - nicely shaped and as I had selected a medium crust, it looked less "burnt" and more appealing to the eye with its golden brown colour. I allowed the bread to cool down each time and then sampled it. The second loaf was the tastiest. The medium crust was lovely and firm but inside, I was met by a soft and fluffy white bread. It looked fresh and the bread had a delicious "fresh baked" aroma about it. Not quite as nice as one made from scratch but acceptable for a mix.
~The proof is in the taste~
Whilst my Hovis bread won't win any awards, it is pleasant enough for my small family to consume at home. The first loaf was sliced and used for dipping in soup that evening. It held together well but was very easy to eat and tasted fresh with a lovely, fluffy texture. The crust had a nice flavour and the bread really was lovely.
The second loaf I allowed to cook and sliced down for sandwiches. I found that the bread was a little too soft for my to spread my block butter on without tearing - nothing major but not as strong as it could have been. Our sandwiches tasted delicious - two lovely, thick slices of bread with some ham and tomato. Very yummy and satisfying. The bread toasts lovely too and spread with some butter and jam is very nice to eat.
Whilst our loaves didn't last all that long, I did wrap half a loaf up in some cling film and it kept fresh until the following day. I suppose, unlike shop bought bread, it won't last as long but it still tasted just as good the following day.
This Hovis mix is very easy to use and produces a pleasant loaf of bread. It isn't amazing and most of the satisfaction of making from scratch is gone but there isn't much work needed to create a fresh loaf of bread. I actually prefer the bread mix to a proper Hovis loaf and it is of a high quality in my opinion.
I have bought another few packets for those days where I can't be bothered putting too much effort in but still want a fresh loaf.
Overall, 4 stars for this bread mix.
Thanks for reading!
*Originally posted on ciao in Jan 2012*
Summary: a good, quick alternative to bread making
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