“ Brand: Wrights / Type: Mix „
If you enjoy making bread then this product really is a life saver, it is a great standby and cupboard staple whether you normally use a breadmaker, food mixer or bake bread entirely by hand.
I have recently started using a breadmaker to make my bread but hadn't always been pleased with the results, the loaves were sometimes a little dense and tried and tested recipes didn't always transfer very well. It was for this reason I decided to try a pre-mixed product and I haven't been disappointed.
It is literally as simple as adding lukewarm water to the mix (either a full or half pack), tipping it into the mixer and letting it do it's thing. I have been experimenting with the mix for last 2 weeks and have found that, in my machine at least, it makes a lovely light loaf if half a packet is used as it's got that little bit more room to expand. I have also been using the pack to make rolls and these really are perfect, if the bread maker is popped onto a dough setting I can normally bake 10 rolls and have been able to get both a crusty and floured finish.
Baking By Hand or Food Mixer:
This is where the pre-mixed packet comes into it's own for me. From start to finish I can get fresh bread or rolls on the table in less than an hour with very little effort. A quick 5 minute mix followed by 10 minutes of resting and kneading are the only work that is needed before the bread can be left to rise (30 minutes) then 15 minutes in the oven.
Whichever method you use you will find that the cheese and onion flavouring feels very subtle but still of a high quality, it is possible to see cheese and onion pieces within the loaf or roll and these lead to a nice moist texture.
Weight of product is 500g with 315ml of lukewarm water needed to make a full size loaf (or 10 rolls)
Price of product has varied when I have been shopping around but the best value I have found was Morrisons at 75p per pack. I found this to be marginally more expensive than buying separate ingredients but well worth the extra few pence.
*portions of this review also apply to my other reviews of Wright's bread products *
A while back I decided to start making my own bread to save a few pennies and bought various different bread mixes to try including two by company 'Wright's.' I made their sun-dried tomato and parmesan bread a while back and loved it, so I was keen to try the other one I bought, which was the cheese and onion bread mix. I got a bit bored of the whole bread making thing, so it took me a while to get round to making this, but I'm so glad I did, because these turned out to be some of the best bread buns I've made yet.
The bread mix comes in a paper packet just like a bag of flour and contains enough mix to make either one loaf or ten bread buns. I always choose to make buns, as I haven't quite got round to buying a loaf tin yet. You can make this by hand or in a bread maker, and due to the absence of a bread maker I always do mine by hand. The only thing you need to add yourself is water.
Making this up is very simple and instructions are set out clearly on the back of the pack.
Your first step is to tip the flour into a bowl or food mixer, add the water and mix for five minutes to form a dough. Since my food mixer decided to blow up recently, again I had to do it by hand. Five minutes did seem a long time, and you do need strong arms for this! At first it seemed like the mix wasn't coming together and I was very tempted to add more water, but I'd advise to resist temptation because eventually the dough will come together into a ball.
Next you need to leave the dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes. I'd recommend using a lot of flour as the dough can be quite sticky. Once this is done knead and stretch the dough for 2 minutes (a good opportunity to take out the days frustrations) and leave for another five minutes.
At this point you either need to put in a loaf tin or divide into balls if you want to make bread buns. It says on the pack this makes ten and indeed I did find that I got ten decent sized rolls from this. You should leave in a warm place covered with cling film or a damp cloth for 30-40 minutes until the dough has doubled in size, before cooking for 30 minutes if you're making a loaf, 15 for buns. I must admit after 15 minutes the rolls did not look cooked so I left them another five by which time they had browned nicely.
The finished rolls look very impressive. They had a golden colour and were flecked with herbs. They smelled gorgeous too and I could really smell the cheese in there.
Taste wise, again I was very impressed. Since beginning to make my own bread a few months ago, I've had a couple of disasters whereby I've ended up with rolls harder than rock! These however were light and airy and actually looked like bread when I sliced into them! They had a subtly cheesy taste with a slightly sweet edge from the onion. The flavours of the bread worked well with several fillings, as the flavours were not overpowering and I even ate one or two on their own. This really did taste like a premium bread and I'd be more than happy to buy the finished rolls from a bakery, they really were lovely.
A 500g packet of this mix costs just 75p from Tesco. I very much doubt you would be able to find ten decent sized ready made cheese and onion flavoured bread rolls for this price, so although a bit of effort is required, this is a great price.
So overall, another great bread mix from Wright's. I'm incredibly pleased with the results I got from this, and it's much easier than making bread from scratch. Five stars from me!
This bread is simply delicious! I can't rate it highly enough.
The packaging is attractive, quite rustic, so that's what attracted me to it initially. it looks good quality and you feel like you will end up with a really nice, rustic loaf. it costs around £1.49 so it's not a cheap way of making bread really.
I made the loaf in my bread making machine. I have made this twice, using 2 different setting, and you get quite different results. You simply add water and switch on and depending what programme you use are ready to eat in either 1hr 10 mins or 3 hrs. On the quick setting the bread was more dense and gooey, perfect for me, because that's what I love. On the normal longer setting it was lighter and the loaf was larger. It really is down to personal taste.
This bread smells great when you are cooking it and tastes even better. A weekend treat with loads of butter!