“ Brand: Kingsmill / Type: Muffin „
I love muffins and was glad when I saw these Kingsmill Love To Toast ones in the bread bin yesterday. You only get 4 in a pack and that's why we don't have them very often because there are 5 of us who eat muffins in our house so the packs of 6 definately suit us better. These are on special offer at the minute though and that's why my mum brought 2 packs. They are the very best muffins you can buy in the supermarket. The outside is lovely and floury but the inside is so soft that it's nearly like eating a cake than a toasted muffin! I always toast mine under the grill and butter it, the butter melts through these proper nice and makes them taste so delish and buttery. I only lightly toast these because I think the flavour is a lot nicer like that and if you toast them too much the toasted flavour takes over some of the muffin taste. They are lovely and soft and have got a delish doughy taste that is a lot nicer than any other muffins I've tried. They're also a bit thicker than the Tesco muffins we usually buy and they don't squash down while you're cutting them so you get a nice thick muffin every time. I use these instead of bread sometimes and put fillings in them like scrambled egg and bacon and stuff like that. That makes them a proper filling breakfast or snack and the beauty of these is that you can make them into a filling meal at any time of day.
Getting sick of toast or cereal for breakfast? Then try Kingsmill Love to Toast muffins as a delicious alternative. They normally retail at about 80p per pack of 4, which is only 20p per muffin. Currently and until 31/12/2010 they are on offer in Asda supermarkets - 2 packs of 4 for £1, which works out at just 12.5p per muffin. Each muffin is a good inch or more thick; they have a nice floury outer texture, and when cut in half, you will see the lovely doughy aerated centre. You can either grill them, or if you have a wide toaster (specifically for muffins, bagels, etc) then you can pop them in the toaster. For convenience, you can squash them to fit them in to a regular toaster. Once toasted, this is the fun bit, you can top them with whatever you want, for a quick breakfast, simply butter them like you would toast. Or you can top them with cheese and grill them, or make a sandwich; egg, bacon, beans, sausage. My favourite is bacon and egg. As well as breakfast items you can also top them up with burgers, chicken burgers, tuna, cheese, etc, basically anything that you would normally have between bread. They are very filling, and one will keep you satisfied for a while. Each muffin contains 163 Calories (8% of GDA), 2.6g Sugar (3% of GDA), 1.4g Fats (2% of GDA), 0.5g of Saturated Fats (3% of GDA) and 0.9g Saturated Fats (14% of GDA). Ingredients: Wheat Semolina, Water, Wheat Flour, Yeast, Wheat Protein, Salt, Vinegar, Sugar, Soya Flour, Vegetable Fat, Preservatives: Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Propionate; Emulsifier: E472e; Raising Agents: E341, Sodium Carbonates; Flour Treatment Agent: Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). Allergy Sufferer advice: Contains Wheat, Gluten and Soya. After you open the packet, try to keep any remaining muffins in an air tight container or use a peg to keep the packet shut. They last a while once opened, but to be honest, I could quite often eat a full pack they are so scrumptious!
It is only recently that I have been buying these muffins. Mainly because I saw them on offer in Iceland. The packet is different than the one shown above. You could mix and match certain Kingsmill products, such as Hot Cross Buns, Pancakes, Muffins, Crumpets etc. As I often like to try something different for breakfast, and the kids do too, I threw a packet of muffins and crumpets in the trolley. As somebody who likes egg McMuffins from McDonalds I was keen to give these a go, as I'd like to have them for breakfast. First I filled my pan with water and brought it to the boil and then cracked a couple of eggs in the pan. I then cut the fresh muffin down the middle and put them in the toaster. After a minute or two both eggs and muffins were ready. They were absolutely delicios and cost me approx 25p to make. A huge difference to McDonalds and in my opinion just an nice. My daughters toasted theirs and had them with margarine and jam on and they said theirs was delicious too. We now buy them quite regularly and in fact I've just had a nice egg muffin for my lunch. The Muffins themselves are extremely fresh in nature, like you would expect from a reputable brand such as Kingsmill. Ingredients include Wheat Semolina Waterlour Yeat Wheat Protein Salt Vinegar Sugar Soya Flour Vegetable Fat Preservatives: Potassium Sorbate Calcium Propionate; Emulsifier: E472e; Raising Agents: E341, Sodium Carbonates; Flour Treatment Agent: Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) As you'd expect with this product it contains Wheat, Gluten and Soya Highly Recommended.
Kingsmill Bread is a product of Allied bakeries. Bread and bread products play an important role in keeping us healthy. They contain carbohydrates, protein, iron, calcium and Vitamin B. Bread products are also a good source of fibre. Kingsmill produce a wide variety of products, everyday bread, toasting bread, bread with many different seeds and oats, regional bread, a premium range of bread and a very novel idea a `crustless bread`. Kingsmill also bake crumpets, muffins and pancakes. Kingsmill muffins come in a pack of four and cost around 78p a packet. No one could mistake the muffins for any other make as the Kingsmill logo is so prominent on the packaging. Wording on the packaging also describes the muffins as being magnificent! Each muffin contains168 calories. When a Kingsmill muffin is sliced in half then it fits perfectly into my wide slot toaster. I set the toaster to make sure that the muffins are well done, preferably fairly crisp on the crust. All muffins are best eaten hot, so when I take them out of the toaster I spread them straightaway, usually with Clover. They do need to be well `buttered` or else they seem rather tough and they can be eaten with or without a filling. If we have them for breakfast then jam or marmalade would be our chosen spread, but we have had them at lunchtime and had some bacon and egg inside of them. So the choice of filling is really entirely up to individual taste. As well as plain muffins you can buy wholemeal muffins and cheese muffins, but unless someone can tell me otherwise I have only ever seen a plain muffin from Kingsmill. We really enjoy a cheese flavoured muffin, they are certainly savoury enough to eat without any filling. As long as you eat the muffin while its freshly toasted and filled then its fine, but if you leave them sitting for a while they do go `leathery`. Kingsmill muffins are no different to any others in this respect, the muffin`s texture is `lightened` when it is toasted, often poor cooking timing can result in that heavy chewy texture. Kingsmill muffins offer good value for money and make a pleasant snack. Some may find them too `heavy` and prefer the lightness of a crumpet instead. They are versatile, savoury or sweet fillings can be used and they can be eaten at any time of the day.
Some of you may have read my latest review on the 'love to toast' crumpets by Kingmill, in which i pointed out that i had come across them in my local supermarket on offer, any two packs for £1.00, so i decided to get a pack of crumpets and also a pack of muffins to try as i always go for supermarket branded bread products. Well this morning i decided to sample my purchase, and i was very happy with the results, I had a muffin with a poached egg on top and it was lovely. ~The Muffin~ Comes in very bright yellow packaging, which is plastic, some of it is clear so you can see what you are buying, on the front is the 'Kingsmill' logo, and it tells you what the product is, on the back it gives you all the additional nutritional info. The guidelines say to toast my muffin for about 2 minutes, either under a grill or by toaster, i did this by toaster, because well, i'm lazy! I turned them after one minute, so both sides had chance to cook properly. I always love to have loads of butter spread across muffins/crumpets- naughty i know, but at least in my defense, i use a low-fat one. The muffin itself did look a lot thicker compared to my usual brand, and you do get slightly more for your money. Taking my first bite it didn't really taste any different to any others i has tried. The texture seemed really thick yet fluffy at the same time. Other muffins i have tried are thinner and lighter, but Kingsmill seem to have compacted more dough together when making them. Although you do have to make sure that when toasting you get the time just right, as if they become over-cooked they do appear rather hard and tasteless. To eat on there own, they would be very bland so it's probably best to make sure you have something to accompany them with- e.g- jam,butter, peanut butter, eggs etc. ~Verdict~ I wouldn't go out of my way to buy them again, and in future I'm going to stick to my usual brand as i find them a lot more tastier, With brands like Kingmill in theory you are only paying for the brand name and not quality, i'd rather pay out 40-50p for the ones i like than pay out silly money for just a name!
I do like a good muffin. No really, I do along with a bit of crumpet you can't go wrong! Yes I am on about my love of bread products (of course I am !) lol My Mother got me these last week to try and pleased, I really was. I can't remember the last time I had a good muffin! The Packaging.... Not as in the review photograph as requested (thanks Dooyoo lol) Yellow and clear packet that clearly tells me that they are Kingsmill, Love To Toast, 4 muffins and a picture that I can't tell what it is of but it may be a tomato but I really can't be sure lol On the back I'm given a full nutritional table, contact details for Allied Bakeries (the manufacturers of Kingsmill products), told how to store them, heating instructions, ingredients are given and a bar-code is on there. Heating Instructions.... To enjoy warm, split in half and place under a hot grill or a toaster for 2-3 minutes. The Muffin.... Round and quite flat they are round and slightly moist and bouncy to the touch. White in colour with a hint of golden brown they look uncooked. As you get them out of the packet they smell slightly of bread and fresh and light and quite yummy. Split them in two as recommended and cook them as instructed. I personally prefer popping them in the toaster for ease and quickness. The outside crisps up a little and dry out slightly. The smell is nice and they don't fall apart and/or drop crumbs everywhere, they actually look nice. Now I've eaten them with a variety of toppings or fillings. You can eat them as a sandwich type of product or like toast if you prefer. I have them with peanut butter, pate, jam, salmon and soft cheese whatever and any way is good as they arnt too sweet or salty. They are nicely seasoned but not overly so. They taste like bread! That's it really lol When you bite through the crispness you get down to the dough which isn't too stodgy and basically thats the best description I can give I wouldn't call it fluffy but I wouldn't call it too moist either they are simply ok. Not the best muffin I've ever had but perfectly acceptable they are. They are not particulary filling enough for me though although they are appearance wise large enough. They ar not mega thick and I think this is where they fall slightly flat (pardon the pun!). Freshness wise they lasted me 2 days kept in the bread bin before starting to go mouldy which isn't so bad as all muffins in my opinion don't store so well anyway! Ingredients.... Wheat Flour, Water, Yeast, Wheat Semolina, Wheat Protein, Salt, Vinegar, Sugar, Soya Flour, Vegetable Fat, Preservatives: Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Propionate, Emulsifier: E472e, Raising Agents: E341, Sodium Carbonates, Flour Treatment: Ascorbic Acid. Allergy Advice.... Contains Wheat, Gluten and Soya. How To Store.... Suitable for home freezing and to be consumed within one month. For best results see the top of the pack and store in cool, dry place - ideally not refrigerated. Nutritional Information Per Muffin.... Energy 168Kcal Protein 7.4g Carbohydrate 31.7g of which is sugars 2.2g Fat 1.3g of which is saturates 0.4g Fibre 1.7g Sodium 0.35g Salt 0.89g 85p per packet in all good supermarkets and convenience stores etc.