“ Type: Breads/Cakes / Brand: Iceland „
Having enjoyed some part-baked loaves that I bought from Sainsbury's and Tesco, I decided to try some Iceland to see how they compare. I chose to buy a four pack of French style petit pains, which cost just 75p a packet or you can buy them in a mix and match 2 for £1 offer with other part baked breads. This deal does seem to be available almost every time I visit the shop, which isn't every week. Other items in the range include baguettes and white rolls, which I haven't sampled yet.
These are a long life product, which makes them absolutely ideal for keeping in the cupboard. I have found the use by dates to be at least 3 months after purchase. You can also freeze them, but I have not tried this. I do like fresh bread straight from the oven bread, and the next best thing to making my own is to use a product such as this. The petit pains [or small french roll size loaves] have been partially cooked, so all you need to do is keep them in the cupboard until you feel like some bread, then finish them off in the oven. There's no mixing or kneading involved, and no need to let the bread rise - all that part of the preparation has been done for you. They are not messy to handle, because the dough has been cooked enough to make them solid, if soft. They are ready after just 8-10 minutes in the oven, which is less time than it would take me to get to the supermarket to buy a ready baked one! I find that they are well done in 8 minutes in my fan oven. It is wise not to over cook them as if you do the ends are apt to go rather hard. This is true of any bread though, especially the smaller sized pieces such as these.
Once baked, these petit pains look every bit as good as those from a bakery. They have coloured evenly, and have developed a perfectly crispy outer layer. I hate bread with an overly chewy crust. The crumb is light and fluffy, and it doesn't taste "doughy." They are their most delicious warm, but they are also lovely cold. I like them as a partner to soup when you can tear the bread into big hearty chunks or I use them as a substantial filled roll. If you do let the cooked bread go soft, you can re-crisp it the next morning in the oven by heating it for a few minutes.
The only minor quibble that I have is that the petit pains are packaged all together in a single plastic bag. Once opened you need to use all the bread within 3 days, so it is a shame that the bread couldn't be individually sealed or packaged. Other than that, I think these are tasty, good value and certainly convenient. You couldn't really ask for a quicker to prepare product. They contain no hydrogenated fats, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, or GM ingredients. They are also suitable for vegetarians. Well worth a try!
I love these sorts of bread rolls that you cook in the oven and I thought I'd found the best ones in Tesco but the other week we popped into Iceland and I got a pack of their own brand ones and they're even better!!!
They are part baked so take about 10 mins in the oven but you have to watch that you don't cook them for too long or they will start going majorly hard on the ends. I don't hold this against them though because all these part baked baguettes are the same.
When they're done the crust is nice and crispy, they go a lovely golden brown all over and don't look patchy when they're done like the Tesco ones. They smell gorgeous when they're cooking and it's like having proper bread baking in the house, some of these part baked things have got a bit of a weird doughy chemical taste but these smell like fresh bread. Yummy!
The inside of the petit pains is wickedly fluffy and soft, the flavour comes soooooo nice from the bread as well as just the crust. Usually the flavour is from the crust and the bread is bland in things like this but these have got a yummy fresh taste all the way through.
They're wicked just with butter spread on them because the butter melts in nice and simple into the hot bread. They can be used like any other bread roll though, dead cold stuff isn't that good in them like tuna mayo and that because the bread warms the mayo up and that's not nice! lol Anything else is good though, today I had one with bacon and tinned toms and it was yummy. The bread soaked the tomato juice up lovely and that gave the whole butty a delish taste.
They're also good dunked in soup because the petit pain soaks the flavour of the soup up good and makes it loads more filling than just having a slice of bread with it.
They cost about £1.09 for the 4 rolls, they're pretty big though so well worth the money I reckon. It's the sort of product that Iceland would have on BOGOF as well so look out for a bargain, worth the price anyway though.
Bread is awesome!
Tasty and filling a carbohydrate I really enjoy in many different forms!
I like sliced bread both white and brown and seeded bread and bread cakes and pitta bread and tortillas and petits pains of course which are like mini crusty baguettes!
Iceland do a pack of four and they sell two packs for only one pound so we get them from there a lot and bake them fresh in the oven as they are part baked and then id any are spare I have them for my packed lunch the next day at college :)
The Iceland petits pains don't keep fresh fro very long once cooked as they tend to go really tough and stale.
They are ok for using the next day but no longer than that. But if you don't open them they keep for at least a few months in the really strong see-through packet they are sold in.
The best before date is printed down the side of the wrapper and they can be freezed so can save for a while that way too and can be cooked straight from frozen....
The pack has 300g in it between the four bread rolls and contains gluten for allergists and may contain nuts and sesame seeds also.
They are suitable for vegetarians and have 249 calories per 100g and 2.3g of fat so are healthy as they re low in fat.
They are cooked at gas 6 for about 8-10 minutes until golden and crispy on the outside but fluffy and light on the inside.
The bread tastes awesome warm with butter slathered on too, yum!
The outside of each petits pain is really crunchy and thick and crispy and the inside is spongy and really fresh and smells gorgeous :)
There are no hydrogenated fats and no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and no GM ingredients either but you are not to refreeze after defrosting it says on the pack.
These are brilliant value and the best we have bought and are great to store in case you run out of fresh bread. Best eaten with soup I give these petits pains five stars from Iceland!