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I try to be healthy and eat my daily portions of wholegrains and this bread is a good way of doing that. I have been buying it for a while now and is readily avaiable in most supermarkets for around £1.30 a loaf.
The loaf contains toasted grains and 'granary flakes' which are listed on the ingredients as Malted Barley Flour, Toasted Wheat, Wheat Bran and Toasted Rye. I do find that some of the grains are quite hard. I had a sensitive tooth for a while and I must say this bread was not the best for it! I do really like the flavour and texture of this bread though. It is especially good with soups I find as the more 'crunchy' texture works well. It is a mild flavoured granary, the grains used are not as strong as some I have tried.
The shelf life of this bread is not that long however. It is quite a dry bread anyway and so starts to go even drier quite quickly after opening, I find. It's still nice for toast however, but if you want sandwiches you will have to replace every couple of days.
It is lower in calories per slice than a lot of other granary breads which is one of the main reasons I buy it.
Nutritional information is:
Energy 390 kJ 92 kcal
of which sugars 1.2g
of which saturates 0.3g
Equivalent as salt 0.38g
I usually eat wholemeal and brown breads, as I do not like white bread, but I like to have a change now and then to stop me getting bored and reaching for biscuits or chocolate!
I found Hovis Granary Bread in Morrisons one day, and thought it looked quite nice. It is wholemeal bread with toasted grains and malted wheat flakes in the bread mix, which gives it a really nice, distinctive flavour. This also adds a nice, slight crunch to the bread when it is toasted. I really love the taste of this bread for anything from bread and butter to toasted sandwiches, and being Hovis bread, it always tastes fresh and yummy. This bread is available in Thick Slice, Medium Slice and Small Loaf.
The packaging is part clear, part pale blue with the Hovis Logo and the word Granary printed on it. There is also nutrional information on the back, and some information on Hovis. You can buy this bread for roughly £1.20 in all good supermarkets, and you may find it in local stores and small convience stores.
Nutritional Information: Typical Analysis Per Slice Per 100g
Energy 390 kJ 92 kcal 1082 kJ 256 kcal
Protein 3.7g 10.3g
Carbohydrate 16.7g 46.4g
of which sugars 1.2g 3.4g
Fat 0.9g 2.4g
of which saturates 0.3g 0.7g
Fibre 1.3g 3.7g
Sodium 0.15g 0.41g
Equivalent as salt 0.38g 1.05g
For more information on this bread check out the Hovis website at www.hovisbakery.co.uk
I love "seed" bread, but don't get to eat it very often, as it is unpopular with the smaller members of the family. However, I had a treat today when I sent hubby shopping and he came back with a lovely loaf of Hovis granary bread for us to share at lunchtime.
Sainsburys sell a 800g Medium sliced loaf of Hovis Granary bread for £1.39. At this price, I wouldn't buy it regularly, because you can usually get standard loaves cheaper on multubuy. This was a special treat.
The bread itself comes in clear plastic packaging which enables you to see the product inside, and get an good idea of what the product is about. It contains grains, rather than small seeds, and the grains are clearly visible through the packaging. Because it is made by Hovis, you know the bread will be good quality.
The bread itself is a pale brown colour, with a crust that is quite dark at the top. Each slice has enough grains in it to create a nice variety of textures and flavours as you eat. The grains have a slighly nutty taste, and the bread tastes malty and slightly burned, though not in a bad way!
The grains are malted wheat flakes, which are slowly toasted and flaked, creating that rich characteristic flavour. The bread itself is soft and springy, and ideal for sandwiches, although bread this indulgent should have an equally indulgent filling to really show it off.
The wheat used in the bread is 100% British wheat, so buying this product will support British farmers. It says on the packet that Hovis is the only major bread brand that uses flour milled from 100% British wheat.
The nutritional information is on the side of the pack and is as follows per slice:
of which sugars 1.2g
To me, the salt levels are quite good in this product, as bread can be high in hidden salt. It does seem relatively high in calories, though.
Hovis Granary bread seems slightly too posh to be an everyday bread, but is ideal for a special lunch, or a picnic, or eating outside in the summer. It would be nice to serve in a buffet at parties, or for a quick supper or a special slice of toast in the evening. It is definitely a bread that will appeal to adults more than children.
Hovis Granary bread is my favourite of the Hovis bread range. I really enjoy the flavour. Wholemeal for me seems too dry, but this granary is a perfect mix of flavours, grain, seeds and does not become dry. This is absolutely delicious toasted, loaded with real butter (none of that low fat nonsense) and topped with home made raspberry jam. Yum!
Hovis Granary is made with malted wheat flakes and toasted grains. Hovis claim that this gives it a distinctive flavour and texture and I have to agree. I cannot think of any other sliced pan that has the same flavour as this. Hovis also claim that the way the flakes of wheat are slowly roasted, which gives the unique flavour, was a cooking method passed on to them by the Benedictine monks of Burton Abbey!
There are no artificial preservatives or flavourings in the loaf. Generally it keeps for about 4-5 days, if it even lasts that long in my house.
In terms of nutritional information, per slice the Hovis website lists these as:
of which sugars 1.2g
Fat 0.9g (of which saturates 0.3g)
Sodium 0.15g (equivalent as salt 0.38g).
I prefer the thick sliced loaf as it is the best for toasting. However it does also come in medium. I recently noticed that some bread come in a smaller sized loaf, as people must often not finish a full sized loaf and have to throw away some bread. This must have been communicated to the bread companies and Hovis now produce a smaller sized loaf with fewer slices of bread in it. A good idea for a small family or someone that does not each a huge amount of bread. Also good to cut down on the amount of food that is wasted in this country.
Hovis Granary is currently on offer at Asda for £1.00. It is also on offer at the Spar at the end of my road for £1.09, both of which are a good price, as this is usually on sale for £1.39 I find. It is also available in Lidl, but would still be at least £1.09.
I would also use this bread for sandwiches. It is nicest for this when it is at it's freshest, just out of the freshly opened bag, when the bread is at it's softest. Delicious.
Obviously this bread is better for you than white bread (and nicer in my opinion than wholemeal), so my advice is to switch to this for that 2010 new you!