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Soreen Cinnamon and Raisin Loaf retails at £1.19 per loaf in Tesco, which personally I feel is a little on the expensive side. That said, these are frequently offered on Buy One Get One Free in Tesco, so that's definitely something to look out for if you're interested in trying this.
If you've ever had regular malt loaf before, the kind made by Soreen or any brand to honest, you'll know that it's really thick, sticky and difficult to cut. This cinnamon and raisin loaf is different thankfully, and much springier and easier to carve up than malt loaf is. The products are quite similar in taste, but this one wins hands down on ease of preperation!
This doesn't taste as I expected it to taste I have to say first of all. It's supposed to be cinnamon and raisin flavoured, and for some reason I was expecting a rather sharp almost spicy flavour because of this. It isn't sharp or spicy at all though, in fact it's really rather sweet, mild and gentle.
The texture is soft and springy but quite dense too. It's lighter than malt loaf is, but it's got a similarly high calorie and sugar content unfortuantely. A skinny 1/10 slice of this loaf contains 87 calories along with nearly 6g of sugar! On the plus side, there's only 0.5g of fat in each thin slice, so as long as you're going to use the energy from the sugar, this really isn't very bad for you at all.
This isn't ever going to replace my beloved malt loaf, but it'll definitely appear at tea time as a substitution every now and again. It's really tasty and has a great texture, and cinammon scent too. It's a lot easier to cut than malt loaf is, so it's definitely convenient, but it's a little on the pricy side too. I think four stars is a fair rating for this really. I'd buy it again, but I'd begrudge paying almost £1.20 for such a small loaf.
I'm still going through a Soreen Malt Loaf fetish at the moment and was in Tescos only this morning and wandering down the aisles spotted this one, Soreen Cinnamon and Raisin Fruit Loaf on a buy one get one free. So instead of the usual, I thought I'd give this one a go and see how it compares.
It comes in the familiar yellow packet with the Soreen logo on it, but because this is a bit different, it has pictured some cinnamon sticks and some red grapes on it too.
On opening the packet, you immediately get quite a strong sniff of cinnamon which is very nice but is quite sweet. Also, you'll notice that this loaf is not the dark treacly colour that ordinary malt loaf is, but a much lighter brown studded with juicy raisins. It claims to be soft and moist and it certainly seems to be, it's easier to slice than malt loaf which tends to squash with pressure when you cut it but still don't press down too hard.
Taste wise, it is sweet and very cinnamony, a bit too much for me to be honest. But then, of course, I couldn't expect a cinnamon loaf to contain anything else! It's got that spicy, Christmassy feel to it and is very pleasant but where I could demolish a whole malt loaf in one sitting, only a small slice for me here.
The ingredients contain 18.5% raisins, and I could certainly see and taste plenty in this loaf. Allergy sufferers should be aware that the loaf contains wheat, gluten and whey (from cow's milk). Okay for vegetarians though.
Healthwise, the label states that it contains less than 5% fat so this isn't too bad as a sweet treat if you're trying to watch the weight. An 1/8th of the loaf sliced will give you almost 77 calories and 0.6 g of fat. Soreen suggest trying it with butter and some may like it with a spread of jam but for me, it's enough as it is.
I bought this with a bbd about 3 weeks ahead so will keep but once opened you'll need to eat it within 2 days or it will dry up. It can also be frozen.
Overall, I do quite like this. It's tasty with a brew and as a quick sweet snack but I do prefer the original malt loaf and that's the one I'll keep buying. I'll happily eat the two loaves I've bought but unless it's on offer I don't think I'll get it regularly. For me, it's just a bit too sweet.
Four out of five from me, see what you think!
Soreen Cinnamon & Raisin Loaf is a delicious loaf which is mainly comprised of raisins and wheat flour with the addition of delicious warming cinnamon.
A 225g portion is available for around 89p from Tesco or any of the other big supermarkets and this will give you eight slices (although you might find yourself eating two slices a day!) and once opened the product will keep for two days unless stored in an airtight container.
It is quite difficult to cut in to Soreen because it has a very squishable texture and you will find it best to use a sawing type motion rather than a straight cut motion and this should give you a pretty unsquished serving. Each slice has approximately 100 calories and 0.6g of fat so overall this isn't too bad.
When you bite in to the slice you will find it deliciously fruity, the raisins are very plump and taste lovely and I don't have anything bad to say about the fruit within this product. It is quite a sticky texture and will get stuck to your teeth but this isn't necessarily a bad point! The cinnamon brings a real warming feeling to the loaf and this is definitely a Winters cold night comfort food for me!
It's best enjoyed either plain with just a little real butter (no margarine) or I lightly toast mine under the grill and add a little toast and some home-made jam (not made in my own home though!).
I have nothing bad to say about this product, it's a delicious treat which is definitely an acquired taste. The fruit is perfect and it's not too high in fat or calories for how nice it tastes! Make sure that you do use real butter though as it just tastes heavenly! There is a perfect amount of cinnamon to not be overpowering yet give a delicious heady taste.
I am rating this product 5/5 as there are no bad points in my opinion, it's Winter warming perfection!
I only had time for a quick nip to town today, just to pick up a few essentials, as you all well know that its virtually impossible to come back without buying something that wasn't on your shopping list !
I was just sauntering past the cake shelf in Farmfoods and I spotted a malt loaf, I haven't had one for ages and just as I was going to stick one into my hand basket my friend who works there made me jump out of my skin. "Try one of those!" she was yelling in my ear.
By that time Julie was frantically grabbing this cinnamon and raisin malt loaf off of the shelf and cramming it into my basket, so in the end I had little choice. It was 55p, so I had nothing to lose really.
I have to say, not quite convinced on the cinnamon front, I like the taste but only if it is in the background. By the time I had made the coffee I could have eaten a horse between two slices of bread so the malt loaf was prepped up ready for buttering.
Soreen have used more or less the same design for the malt loaf wrapper so that it probably why it didn't jump out at me. There is one key difference though, look at the wrapper again and the overall colour and design may be the same but there are cinnamon sticks and raisins pictured on the front rather than just fruit.
I love simple packaging, nothing pleases me more and the spicy loaf is in just the one plastic wrapper- brilliant.
The one thing you notice as you take the loaf from the wrapping is the rising smell of cinnamon, the loaf looks more or less the twin of the ordinary malt loaf and it has the same shape and feel to it too.
I can never cut these types of loaves successfully, use a sharp knife and the slice caves in, use a serrated edged knife and the end result is still the same. The loaf is so moist and gooey that it seems impossible to cut a neat looking slice.
But lets face it, the slice is only going to end up being eaten straight away so does it really matter?
Malt loaf or cinnamon loaf it just has to have a good layer of thick creamy butter to do it justice.
I usually cut the loaf into about six good slices, Soreen say eight slices but they would be small ones. An eighth of a loaf contains 77 calories, it is high in carbohydrates and sugars yet low in fats.( less than 5%)
The loaf does contain whey and gluten. You can put it into the freezer and it is suitable for vegetarians.
My squidgy slice of Soreen cinnamon loaf was good, the raisins were moist and plentiful, the loaf was sweet. the cinnamon was there but only in the background and the loaf was extra moist.
Soreen still make the loaf using malt flour and malt extract so that lovely malty flavour is still the same.
Have you noticed how chewy these types of loaves are? Absolutely delicious!
Soreen started out as a family business and the business was run by the Sorenson family, hence the name Soreen. They also make the malt loaf, the Go loaf and the Plum fruit loaf.
If you don't use all of the loaf in one day then try toasting it the next day, as it toasts the fruit warms up and when you butter it the butter melts in deeply, you try it and see.