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Hovis Soft White Farmhouse Bread

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Brand: Hovis / Type: Bread

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      30.11.2009 10:36
      Very helpful



      Great for sandwiches,shame to toast

      I do tend to buy whatever bread is on offer as I tend to think of it as a stable and so much of a much but I however received a voucher for a free loaf of Hovis soft white bread which weighs 800g so picked one up from Asda and saved myself £1.10.

      Hovis do claim to be driven by three main principals

      We believe that natural is best
      We believe that taste is all important
      We believe that good bread should be good for you too

      This just seems like a selling technique and not something that I take too seriously.

      The farmhouse loaf is in a clear bag with Hovis printing but you do get to see the soft golden brown crusts.

      The following day we made a cold chicken sandwich one for me and one for my son who had his without salad.

      The first thing that you do initially notice about this bread is how soft it is in comparison to other breads.
      When you smell in the bag it is surprisingly smell of fresh baked bread which was one thing I was not expecting. I have to say other than the obvious softness of the bread it doesn't taste remarkably dissimilar to any other bread. The softness of the bread does however make it seem a shame to toast so may well be eating more sandwiches this week.

      If you visit www.hovisbakery.co.uk you can get more information as register for a cup; on which entitles you to a free loaf of bread .This voucher is printable but if you don't have a printer they will send it out to you.

      Nutritional information

      Hovis claim that this product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans

      It claims to contains no artificial preservatives or flavourings

      Each slice on a medium loaf contains approximately

      0.9 g of fat
      0.42g equivalent salt


      Wheat Flour, Water, Yeast, Salt, Soya Flour, and Vegetable Fat, Fermented Wheat Flour, Emulsifiers: E472e, E471; Flour Treatment Agent: Ascorbic Acid

      While it claims to not have any artificial ingredients I was left wondering what the E numbers were so researching I found that these were a type of fatty acid however I did find a warning that E472e can be unsuitable for vegetarians so if you are a very strict vegan or vegetarian I do recommend more research

      Allergy advice
      This product does contain wheat, gluten and Soya


      I would definitely buy this bread again however I do not think I would choose it over other branded breads on offer but would definitely buy extra sandwich fillings if this makes it into my trolley again. If all breads were equal cost this would be my first choice.

      Worth giving it a try especially as you can do so for free.


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        24.10.2009 20:40
        Very helpful



        Decent traditionally shaped loaf

        Normally when buying a loaf, I opt for Tesco's excellent Tiger Bread - it tastes great, and is delicious and soft. However, whilst in the supermarket last week I was intrigued by the new 'Soft White Farmhouse' variety made by Hovis, and decided to give it a try. As bread manufacturers go, Hovis is probably Britain's best loved and most traditional, and has a history stretching back as far as 1886.

        'So what is the difference between Hovis Soft White Farmhouse, and the standard Hovis Soft White?' you may ask - well, as far as I can tell, the only difference is the fact that the Farmhouse bread has a traditional domed shape, rather than the all-square variety that we typically see nowadays.

        Price & Availability
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        Soft White Farmhouse has a regular price of £1.32 from Tesco, which is 18p more expensive than the non-farmhouse variety.

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        The bread contains;
        Wheat Flour, Water, Yeast, Salt, Vinegar, Soya Flour, Vegetable Fat, Fermented Wheat Flour, Emulsifier: E472e, and Flour Treatment Agent: Ascorbic Acid.

        The ingredients shown above seem to be exactly the same as the ones found in the standard Soft White, and the bread uses no artifical preservatives or flavourings.

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        Each slice of Soft White Farmhouse is fairly chunky, and nice and smooth in texture. Although it doesn't have a strong flavour, the taste is very pleasant, and is perfectly suited for toast use, where is is delicious with nothing more than some Lurpak butter.

        Final Word
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        If you want a tasty bread, then you can't go far wrong with this stuff - however, whether you want to pay 18p more just for a rounded top is up to you - I suppose it depends on how much of a traditionalist you are. In terms of the bread itself, I can't fault it as it tastes great - so I suppose four dooyoo stars are ample reward for this pleasing loaf.

        I realise that a bread review doesn't always make for the most interesting reading, so here's a poem that I wrote specially for the occasion.

        Bread, Bread,
        Throw it in the shed,
        Wipe it on your head,
        Feed it to the ducks,
        Unless they are dead.

        Nutritional Info Per 100g
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        Calories: 226
        Fat: 1.6g
        Saturated Fat: 0.3g
        Sugar: 3.4g
        Salt: 1.2g


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