“ Brand: Kingsmill / Type: Bread „
Its coming around to that time again when Hot Cross Buns are appearing in the supermarkets. Although they seem to have been around for the past month in Tescos Supermarket. I am lucky usually to arrive when they have just been reduced at the end of the day, when I go hunting for bargains and these are really super quality buns.
They are squashy, soft and have loads of fruit contained in them. I like to buy a few packets to pop into my freezer, this I find does not affect the taste at all, when they are thawed out, I do this as theres only me and unless I have my grandchildren around visiting I freeze them and take out what i need, as and when I need them.
These are great as a snack, I prefer to cut mine into half, making sure the halfs are even so that I can pop them into my toaster, as I prefer to have mine toasted and hot, so that the butter I spread on them melts in the middle.
I love these Kingsmill Hot Cross Buns when I am lucky to get hold of them, they are always fresh tasting and are sealed in a see through plastic coating, which helps to keep them fresh, I love the smell of them cooking in my toaster. They are good to have as a breakfast, snack, lunch or just with a nice cuppa.
It tells you on the packet to defrost for two hours, freeze on day of purchasing and use within one month of purchasing them.
I love the taste of the mixed spice contained in these lovely buns, and the smell of the spices comes through more when they are being toasted.
My little granddaughter, loves her with butter and some mixed fruit jam on them.
I love them with butter on, hot and they are very filling.
I find these Kingsmill buns seem to be extra tasty, and have good quality fruit inside them. I would recommend them to you to try. They cost £1.30 for four, but I always get them reduced.
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Ive always liked Hot Cross Buns but I have to say these are the nicest ones ive tried . They are very filling and are a lovely treat for the family . They retail in Iceland where you get two packets of four for only a £1 . I enjoy eating them with just butter on but my 4 year old enjoys them more when they have been toasted first .
They can be eaten as a tastey breakfast or make a perfect packed lunch for adults or children as they are very sweet and there is plenty of currants inside them which make me prefer these over other brands .
They do not fall apart when you eat them , look pretty and you can share them with friends as the bottoms have a nice thickness to them while the detailed tops are softer for younger ones to eat .
The packaging keeps them lovely and fresh , and I usually freeze them and defrost them over night when i wish to eat them as you find these are mainly only available in shops around easter time .
Whilst pottering around our local convenience store this morning looking for something a little different I saw these Kingsmill Ready to Toast Hot Cross Buns at 84p for 4 & decided to give them a try.
I've always enjoyed Kingsmill products & have tried their crumpets from this range but have never been quite sure why they're called 'ready to toast' - always makes me think they must be dry or something? However they are quite moist & in my opinion taste just as good on their own as they do toasted.
The pack is as shown in the picture & I like the way you can see before purchase what you're actually going to get because of the packaging. Each one is a good size (about 4" if you want to know whether they'll fit in your toaster) & they have a nice glaze on the top with not too deep a X (albeit a bit wonky on the pack I bought).
They cut well & you can see a generous amount of raisins & currants plus the smell of mixed spice plus orange & lemon peel smells really good.
Our grill is very slow so I decided to bite into one whilst I was waiting for one to brown & it tasted delicious plain with no butter. However, I just HAD to eat the other one hot with Lurpak & must say it was even better - good job I ate them before reading the nutritional information on the pack!....
Each bun contains 183 calories, 15.5g of sugar, 2.5g fat & 0.35g salt. I suppose I can justify eating one now & again but hate to think how many extra calories I added to my toasted one by adding butter. Luckily I've just noticed that they can be frozen so I'll pop them away out of temptation's way & try to forget about them until nearer to Easter.
I would consider these to be a treat as (although the taste & smell remind me that spring is on its way) they aren't healthy & contain additives, preservatives, sugar & flours - no vitamins or protein to speak of. However, they are filling & tasty so I'd have to recommend these as they're some of the best hot cross buns I've tasted apart from home-made of course!
Hot cross buns are now an all year event in our house, what used to be an Easter treat is now a once a week or more treat. They are so handy and easy for a quick snack or a fast breakfast for when you get up late. Here is how these Kingsmill Hot cross buns got on in our house.
First impressions - Packaging- When in season, I usually buy my Hotcross buns from the bakery but the bright yellow packaging on these buns almost jumped off the shelf and into my basket. They are made from Kingsmill and are part of the 'love to toast' range. Which means they taste extra tasty toasted. The packaging is designed so that you can see the actual buns and decide if they look yummy. There are clear circular labels on the side showing calories, sugar, fat, saturate and salt content per bun.
The buns - The Hot cross buns are bigger than the usual instore bakery size, I would estimate they have about a 4" diameter although I have never actually got a tape measure out and measured them.
They look full of currants and sultanas, Kingsmill certainly haven't scrimped on the fruit. They also look lovely and golden brown and have that slightly sticky glazed look about them. The smell is beautiful and hits you as soon as you open the packet, it reminds me of being a child and my mums home made hot cross buns - yummy.
The taste test - I prefer my buns un- toasted with lots of butter, when cutting these to put the butter on you could tell that they would taste nice, they were moist and soft and the butter glided on easily.
They really taste as good as they look, they have quite a strong and distinct taste to them, that gorgeous mix of spice and fruit. I thought they tasted much better than my usual buns, but my children said they thought they were a bit too spicy. Although they still ate them all up.
Other information - You can buy these Hot cross buns in most supermarkets. They come in a pack of four and cost approx £1.25.
Each bun contains 186 calories, with a whopping 15.9g of sugar - so I think these should be a treat rather than a daily snack.
They are suitable for home freezing, although they never last that long in our house.
I love hot cross buns and also love the Kingsmill Love To Toast range so I should have deffo enjoyed these. They was on BOGOF when I brought them and I was mega impressed at getting 8 massive hot cross buns like this for about 79p.
They smell nice and fruity and have got a lovely spicey smell about them, you can have them toasted or eat them straight out of the packet but I deffo prefer mine hot so I sliced on in half and put them under the grill. I was a bit surprised by the colour of the inside of the hot cross bun because it looks a but grey and there doesn't look like there's loads of fruit in the middle even though you can see shedloads of currants on the top of each bun.
I didn't let it put me off and toasted the hot cross bun and put a bit of butter on it. The edge I had toasted went lovely and crunchy and the butter soaked nice into the bread, when I bit into the top half I realised straight away that the CROSS was a bit naff because most of it peeled away after my first bite.... I've never known that happen before and it spoilt it a bit because the cross is mega bland tasting and it took some of the flavour off the first bite of the bun.
The hot cross buns don't taste as good as they smell either and aren't as good as the cheaper supermarket own brand buns. They've got a bit of a spicey flavour but the over all taste of them is too doughy and that covers the spices up too much. You can taste cinnamon and other spices in there but they're so faint and mushed up together that I couldn't pick them out seperately.
The fruit is proper nice in these hot cross buns, there's more of it than I thought and it's all plump and mega juicy. The main fruit is sultanas in there but I reckon there are also raisins and citrus peel in the hot cross buns because there are a few different textures and flavours as you're chewing.
I didn't like these too much, I ate a couple but they're more like flavoured bread rolls than proper hot cross buns and it's like Kingsmill are trying to get as many products onto the shelves as they can at the minute without putting much thought into any of them.
Not recommended.... have a proper hot cross bun instead!!!