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      23.11.2013 14:28
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      I know I'm a bread snob but this should be so much better - it's vile.

      Right. Christmas is approaching - for some reason this year I am feeling quite happy about this, rather than being my usual "get stuffed, it's only November" grouchy self. As such I have felt a bit of an urge to review a lot of cookery products, as I am already turning my mind not only to the day itself but also cooking for Christmas Eve, a great delight of mine, and maybe even baking a few treats for the work mob. I have, let's face it, made a fairly lowly start with a review of Warburton's Seeded Batch. Now, before anyone reads on, I want to clarify something - not just for the purposes of self-defence, but also because my personal stance here might lead to a slightly slanted review. Here goes. I am a bread snob. There, I said it. I'm proud of it. I'm a massive supporter of artisan bread, real bakers, proper bread made by hand with love. I enjoy making it, kneading it, trying new flours and new flavours, I have known the joy of a perfect home baked sourdough and the agony of a deflated dough. I have mourned - our first sourdough starter, Humphrey, died a tragic, seeping death when I fed him and he got a bit too happy afterwards, and promptly blew the side out of his Kilner jar (Hugh may make it look good using them, but don't - get a good tupperware with a venting option). How I miss him and his baby loaves. But we all have bad days. Weak points. And this week at work has been hell. I have been up at stupid o'clock most days, driven about four hundreds miles, spent about ten hours on trains, and all before a stroke of work - and there's been plenty of that. And so it was that I ended up having a service station lunch at about 4.30pm and consequently didn't want any dinner. Mr Rarr was sent henceforth to the dark lands (Tesco Express) to pick up "that seedy bread from Warburtons" - all I wanted was a slice of buttery toast and my bed. I've regretted it ever since. ***THE LOAF*** I recalled memories of hot buttered toast with this loaf from years back, before I moved away from home. It seemed pleasant then. It isn't now. Mr Rarr dutifully returned with said loaf and I inhaled a slice of toast and went to bed. I didn't really pay attention. Now I have had time to, I realise what utter cack I have been eating this week, as it also provided equally fleeting breakfast fare for the next two days. Seeded Batch is a sliced loaf offering from fake bread behemoth Warburtons. Flogged in its half-transparent bag, it looks promising with its five-seed mix visible on its crust. Hidden behind the half-purple wrapper, however, is the black hole of souls, a dismal, depressing imitation of something great, a bit like a cross dresser doing a Marilyn Monroe act. Look, I warned you I'm a bread snob. Alright, the details. 800 grams of this fluff will cost you a rough amount of £1.50. Save it, buy some flour and some yeast. Stick the remaining 40p in the lottery fund. Apparently all Waburton's batch loaves are baked side by side to make them extra soft. I don't know what it is that makes them extra rubbish. This particular batch boasts linseed, millet, poppy, sunflower and sesame seeds. The science stuff: 137 calories per slice 4.1g fat per slice Contains gluten, soya and barley. No rye, egg or milk. 1.5g sugar per slice 0.9g saturates per slice 0.45g salt per slice 2.7g fibre per slice Suitable for vegetarians and freezing. ***THE EXPERIENCE*** Well you can probably tell already that I am regretting inviting this loaf into my house. I shouldn't eat bread because it does nothing for my metabolism or waistline but I love it. Proper sourdough with melted butter, and a scrape of marmite. Focaccia laden with olive oil and sea salt. Just-ripped-open bread rolls steaming next to a bowl of soup. Garlic bread with a hit of wholegrain mustard and fresh herbs from the garden. All of them heaven. And then there's this. Mass-produced toss that shouldn't be allowed to call itself bread. Now if it tasted nice, and felt filling and fit for purpose, then I would happily review it here and say that it has its place and its use and well done for filling that gap for the hungry, the tired or the fed up comfort eaters. But it doesn't. It should be the best of a bad bunch, with its seedy goodness, but this brown 'bread' offering is so soulless that, far from being comfort food, it makes me want to cry. First off, let me tell you that there is no way I am making a sandwich with this stuff. It doesn't feel like it has enough guts to take on the task. To lift a slice it is airy, weak, a bit limp, and too thin. The brown crust lacks the shine it should have, and it's not really as massive seedfest either, it just seems a bit more seeded than a loaf that...well...isn't. So to toast then. It provided a papery, dry, flimsy carrier for cheese on toast and didn't offer enough of its own taste to contribute to that snack. It is crumbly and feeble in the face of a spreading of real butter - room temperature, not from the fridge. There aren't enough seeds to offer a texture experience. To toast it is strange - it goes from "not done" to "overdone" in a heartbeat but there seems to be no middle ground that I remember of this bread from years before, when you could get a soft, yet done, slice of toast that welcomed its slathering of butter. This just goes from pathetic to rigid and seems to resent the good stuff being put anywhere near it - resulting in a tentative, patchy spread. So that's disappointing enough. But the worst bit is actually eating it. Not only does it not have the proper taste of read bread, of yeast and fermentation, but it has a weird, almost metallic after taste which is laced with a disgusting sweetness that just will not go away. And the texture is too dry, crumbly and pathetically spineless to offer any joy in eating, it caves in to the bite and is gone before you know it - I just find that I eat this and don't notice, before I realise the meal / snack is over and I enjoyed not a single second of it, it was just a perfunctory reaction to my body saying "oi, fuel me!". No sign of the joy of real bread, just a hugely disappointing, slightly dirty, used feeling afterwards. This bread most certainly does not respect me in the morning, nor at any other time of day, and I will not be allowing it to present its seedy self in my home ever again.

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        10.07.2013 18:10
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        A reasonably healthy and tasty loaf of bread

        Warburtons have been baking bread since 1876 when they first set up business in Bolton and have expanded over the years to become, according to online sources, the most popular baking brand in the UK. Apparently they bake more than 1 million products a day. We don't eat a lot of bread and I've started to bake my own as it's healthier than a lot of the stodgy bread you can buy in supermarkets, and it tastes much better. However, baking bread from scratch is a bit time consuming and so we also buy Warburtons' Seeded Batch Loaf as we both like the taste and texture. THE BENEFITS:- The bread contains five varieties of seeds - linseed, millet, poppy, sunflower and sesame - which all have health benefits. For example, linseed is a good source of Omega 3 fats, which helps your heart, brain, joints and immune system. Millet is a source of protein and sunflower seeds provide vitamin E, magnesium and selenium. Poppy seeds are nutritious and are also used by some to aid sleep, fertility and even give magical powers of invisibility, but apparently they can also give a false positive result in a drugs test for opiates . Now I have to say that I've never knowingly got high after eating this bread, but people do often ignore me, so maybe I do become invisible after a jam sandwich. Apart from the above benefits, what else does Warburtons Seeded Batch Loaf have going for it? Well, it's soft, not stodgy and tastes good. This is not 'brown bread', though - the wrapper actually states that it's a white loaf - however, it doesn't have the bleached whiteness that you find in other white loaves. The bread is a very light brown colour and you can see all the seeds mixed in it and also on top of the darker brown crust. It's got a nice texture and the only issues I've had with it is that you have to clean up the seeds as they do tend to fall off the crusts a little and when I've tried to spread butter on it, if the butter's not soft enough it will tear holes in the bread, but that's normal for any loaf. The slices are chunky, but not as thick as 'toast bread' - they're certainly a lot thicker than some of the ridiculously thin slices that you find in some loaves. I've found that the bread lasts up to a week without going dry or stale (we keep the loaf in a ceramic bread bin) and it also freezes well. THE TASTE:- I like the taste but it could be a bit strong for some people - I would call it an 'acquired taste'. When I first tried this bread I thought that it tasted burnt - it had an almost bitter taste to it - but I quickly realized that it was just a stronger flavour than I'd been used to, and now when I compare it to other white or brown loaves, I find those to be very bland. It's quite nutty, a little salty and together with the seeds this results in rather a unique taste, in my opinion. The sharpness can sometimes overpower the flavour of the filling and I don't think it would be suitable for delicate salmon and cucumber sandwiches to have for high tea on the lawn (however, as high tea is not a regular occurrence in our house, I am open to correction on that point). It's perfect, though, for cheese, meats, jams, marmalades and honey (not all in one sandwich, I might add). It's also great for toasting, especially for welsh rarebit and scrambled egg. NUTRITION:- One slice contains:- Calories 137 Sugars 1.5g Fat 4.1g Saturates 0.9g Salt 0.45g Fibre 2.7g It's suitable for vegetarians but it does contain wheat gluten sesame seeds, barley and soya and is also produced in a bakery which uses milk, so anyone with allergies needs to consider that. The amount of calories that this bread contains is higher than some other white loaves - eg Tescos White Sandwich loaf contains 219kCal per 100g, whereas the Warburtons loaf has 287kCal per 100g, and there is much more fat (Warburtons 8.4g compared to Tescos 1.6g per 100g). So you really need to compare the benefits of the seeds that the bread contains with the higher level of calories and fat. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:- The bread 's available in all of the major supermakets in two sizes of loaves - 400g and 800g. It's quite expensive - the smaller loaf is usually around 89p whereas the large one is £1.50. Occasionally you can find them on offer (usually about 10p off), but I've found this to be rare. CONCLUSION:- I personally think Warburtons Seeded Batch Loaf is tastier than a lot of other shop-bought bread and although quite expensive I believe it's worth the price.

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          06.01.2012 08:57

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          Am i the only one out there who finds the taste of this bread disgusting??? It has a horrible burnt aftertaste and is as chewy as putty with sand in it. Have tried many other brands of seeded loaf and this one is the worst. Ok, i may have had a rogue loaf, but i won't be taking the chance and buying another one! Tried two slices and the sparrows ate the rest! Lord knows what it is like toasted. Barbecue briquettes? Yukkk!

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          20.10.2010 12:31
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          Just in case you hadn't realised ... it does contain seeds !!!

          ~~~ WARBURTON'S BREAD ~~~ Warburton's have a fantastic heritage and reputation when it comes to making bread and their Seeded Batch Loaf is a testament to their skills ... don't be put off by the fact that this is essentially yet another loaf of brown sliced bread on the shelves because this loaf is both tasty and good for you. ~~~ THE SEEDED BATCH LOAF ~~~ Warburton's Seeded Batch Loaf is a sliced brown loaf that contains an extremely generous helping of five very healthy seeds ... linseed, millet, poppy, sesame and sunflower seeds. Not only is it a very healthy loaf but it also tastes delicious. To be honest, I have never been a fan of brown bread but several months ago we decided to give this a go and since then we have become addicted ! There is rarely a week that goes by that does not see a Seeded Batch Loaf find it's way into our shopping trolley !!! ~~~ TEXTURE AND TASTE ~~~ I think that the main reason that this loaf gets my vote is because unlike a lot of brown bread it does not taste bland. The seeds themselves genuinely enhance the flavour and in my opinion also help to keep the bread tasting fresh and moist. In the past I often found that if I made a sandwich with brown bread it all seemed a little dry and tasteless ... in sheer contrast a slice of Seeded Batch Loaf tastes wonderful on it's own with just a little butter ! The bread itself is soft and springy and the seeds give it a delightful grainy texture that actually enhances the bread ... it is ideal for making healthy sandwiches and serving with soup. It also makes wicked toast ... and a couple of slices of Seeded Batch Toast in the morning is a fantastically healthy way to the start the day ! ~~~ NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION ~~~ >>> Kcal (132 per slice) >>> Fat (4.1g per slice) In addition to this Warburton's Seeded Batch Loaf also contains Soya, Wheat Gluten and Barley but does not contain either milk or eggs. ~~~ HEALTH BENEFITS ~~~ This loaf is a wonderful combination of both brown bread and seeds and is therefore naturally high in fibre ... the ingredients themselves are all extremely healthy and proide many of the essential elements of a balanced daily diet. ~~~ BACK TO THE SEEDS ~~~ I know that Warburton's are extremely proud of their bread making heritage but am not actually sure if they are equally as proud of our current Education System ! Despite the fact that the loaf is clearly called a "Seeded Batch Loaf" and that you can clearly see the seeds for yourself they have made sure that they have included a warning that "THIS PRODUCT MAY CONTAIN SEEDS" !!! ~~~ PRICE AND AVAILABILTY ~~~ Warburton's Seeded Batch Loaf is available everywhere and comes in two different sizes ... 400g and 800g. This week my 800g loaf was bought from ASDA and cost me £1.35 and from what I can remember the smaller 400g loaf is roughly around half the price. It certainly isn't the cheapest bread on the market but to use a phrase I often heard my parents use "you get what you pay for" !!!

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            25.10.2009 13:29
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            5/5!

            This has got to be my favourite bread ever, and I stopped eating it for a while because of my family saying they wanted the Warburton's White Bread which is still very nice but not as nutritional as Warburton's Seeded Batch! There is just something about white bread which is stodgy! ***About Seeded Batch*** This bread is soft it has a really nice texture and consists of five seeds combination of linseed, millet, poppy, sunflower, and sesame seed. It makes the bread more worthy in my eyes as I have got older I have noticed what I have been putting in my body and this is a lot healthier. The texture of the bread makes a sandwich taste so much nicer and it does not have that dry thing going on like you get with brown bread. I am not a big brown bread person, In fact some brands are so bland and tasteless it's no wonder people are not wanting to make the move to brown bread. This bread is also wonderful toasted, as with all the seeds and the butter and margarine on the top it just works so well. I tend to enjoy this mostly as toast but I also love to make a beef sandwich with a bit of mustard and lettuce. It's so yummy! Nutritional Info Item Value Kcal 132 per slice Fat (g) 4.1g per slice Contains Wheat Gluten Yes Contains Soya Yes Contains Egg No Contains Milk No Contains Sesame Seeds Yes Contains Barley Yes Now for one slice it's 132 Calories which may seem a little high considering a normal white slice of bread is about 100, however you are getting more of a benefit from eating this, with the seeds and with it being brown. It is also very high in fibre, one slice equals to 11% of your GDA. You can get this bread in 2 sizes although it is more expensive which may be off putting to some, especially if you get through a lot of bread! 800g is about £1.40 approx 400g is about £0.70 approx You can get this bread from Asda and Tesco, I am not sure if it is sold anywhere else but I am assuming so. 5/5

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              15.10.2009 14:09
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              Great bread if you don't mind the calories!

              Warburton's Seeded Batch Loaf Mr Siamese and I have recently decided to try and make a few changes to our lifestyle in the hope of becoming healthier. One of these changes was to swap from white bread to brown/wholemeal. So, much as it pained me, we have banned white bread from the house and are now working our way through the various brands to find our favourite. Unlike some loafs which only have a couple of types of seed, Warbuton's contains a combination of linseed, millet, poppy, sunflower, and sesame seeds. These all work together to give it a lovely nutty taste, and if you like seeded bread, you will love this one. It comes in 2 sizes too, 800g and 400g so if you have a smaller household, you can still enjoy fresh bread without wasting any. We bought the 400g one which cost £0.80. This bread is really filling, it works well in sandwiches and also makes great toast (especially with cheese and a splash of Lea & Perrins). Each slice contains 132 calories and 4.1g of fat so it isn't the best one perhaps if you are counting calories. Having said that, seeds are good for you and this bread is delicious. It is suitable for vegetarians too (as are all Warbuton breads). The nutritional details are as follows; Calories 132 7% Sugars 1.5g 2% Fat 4.1g 6% Saturates 0.9g 5% Salt 0.49g 8% Fibre 2.7g It also states on the pack that you can freeze this bread. Overall, we did really like it but in the interests of being healthy, have decided to keep looking to see if there is something equally tasty but with less calories. Having said that, this bread does taste really good and is definitely worth the money!

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                05.09.2009 15:51
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                Lovely loaf by a respected family brand name!

                We have just finished off a loaf of 'Warburtons Seeded batch' so I though I would write a review on it before we throw the wrapper away... This bread was on offer at Morrisons last week for only a pound which is really cheap fro this brand so one was snapped up and put in the freezer for us to use as and when. The reason I wanted to write about this is that is so different than anything else I have tasted similar to it; there are loads of other seeded loaves out there - but none as nice as this :) Our loaf size was 800g but they do a small version of this as well for anyone living alone. This product is made by the Warburton's family company of bakers who have been in business since 1876, so they must be doing something right, lol! Of course the main selling point of this bread is that is has five tasty seeds in it - sesame, sunflower, linseed, millet and poppy seed which equals 13% of the finished product, so you can tell the bread is packed full of flavour with that mount in it. Surprisingly the bread is white but it doesn't look it, it must be all the darker coloured seeds that make it look like a light brown bread? It comes packaged in a purple plastic wrapper and freezes really well; otherwise it lasts for several days still tasting really fresh from the bread bin. It is gorgeous for sandwiches or toast which really brings out the nutty flavour as the little seeds are warmed. The sunflower seeds are really soft and chewy but the rest are quite hard but packed full of flavour, even the crust is covered in them and loads fall in the pack! Calories are 132 per average 45.8g so not low but it's because of all the seeds, plus it's high in fat for bread at 4.1g per slice - again because of the nuts. Fibre is 2.7g a slice, so that's good and healthy for you and sugars are 1.5g a slice so there's something of everything including the 5.6g protein. Not everybody worries about calories ads with bread like this you shouldn't, you should just enjoy how lovely and light it is :) Because of how much is packed in per piece it is really filling and satisfying the taste is wonderfully nutty and the bread is really soft and spongy. There is a lit of ingredients for allergists and these are wheat, gluten, barley, soya and nuts of course. I love this batch loaf (the batch means the loves are cooked together side by side attached to each other until baked) and think it deserves five stars for quality and taste. It is a shame it is around £1.50 when it is full price but I guess you are paying for the Warburton's name...

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                12.08.2009 10:00
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                A really tasty, though quite expensive loaf

                Don't be fooled into thinking brown bread all tastes like the wholemeal stuff. Just because it's healthier than the white variety, it doesn't mean it's less tasty. Warburton's Seeded Batch Loaf contains a mix of sesame, sunflower, linseed, millet and poppy seeds which adorn the outside crust of the bread and less concentrated amounts on the inside giving it a real farmhouse look. And it tastes just as good as it looks. The main part is soft and fluffy- delicious. Bonus- it's far more nutrious than white bread and while not particularly fattening ( two slices contain 264 kcal and 8.1g of good fat ) it still manages to keep you feeling full for longer. Just be careful not to overload on fillings! That said, because it's so soft it's far easier to go without butter (gasp) or at least cut down on the butter than with other breads. The bread makes great sandwiches and equally good toast. I'd really reccommend this loaf to anyone who can spare about £1 to spend on bread. So it is quite expensive, but if your feeling flush (lol) give it a try.

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                  30.06.2009 11:43
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                  A great loaf which makes excellent sandwiches and toast

                  This is by far my favourite ready sliced loaf of bread and is worth the hefty price tag in my opinion. Personally I only ever eat white bread if its freshly baked in a baguette, all other bread that I eat has to be granary, wholewheat or seeded because I just prefer the way it tastes. I first tried this particular brand and make a couple of years ago and have stuck with it for a number of reasons. Firstly they make it in two different sizes which is handy for me, I tend to buy the smaller loaf which retails for around 80p - £1 (although it used to be about 60p - what has gone on with the price of bread over the last year or so!?). The larger loaf retails between £1.20 and £1.50, Sainsburys currently charge £1.49 - it is a high price when you can get a value loaf for a lot less but in my opinion the quality of this bread means it is well worth it. The smaller loaf contains around 15 smaller slices and on my weight watchers plan I know that each slice is 1 point which is less than an average full size slice. This makes it very easy for me to point out my sandwiches and toast etc. If I make a sandwich with two slices of this bread then yes it is small - but perfectly formed. The wholegrain goodness and the amount of seeds mean that this bread has a low GI and keeps you fuller for much longer than standard white bread could. Personally I think this bread makes excellent toast and in the toaster it crisps up the seeds really well although it does mean that your toasters crumb tray will fill up quicker than usual! The seed mix on the outside is made up of poppy seed, linseed, sunflower seed, sesame and millet seed. There is also seed sprinkled throughout the bread although in lesser quantities. The seeds give the bread great texture and make for delicious sandwiches. Just remember to check your teeth afterwards to ensure there are no stray poppy seeds where there shouldn't be. This bread freezes and defrosts well, I usually end up sticking the loaf in the freezer after 4 or 5 days, it does seem to keep much longer than other bread once opened but I like to freeze it while its still fairly fresh. A great, healthy, quality loaf which is versatile and tasty. I may have to go and make some toast now I have written this - I can hear the toaster calling to me....

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                    12.06.2009 15:07
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                    nice bread

                    I often get bored with bread and end up throwing half a loaf away as mold starts to grow on it. So I decided to get a smaller loaf of bread and hope I will eat it all rather than wasting food. I went in to the co-op and got a small loaf of Warburtons seeded batch loaf for 89p. Which is very expensive for a small loaf, and more expensive than some big loafs. The packaging is purple and see through where you can see the bread through it. The bread in the small loaf is of a very small smize but is quite thick. The bread is wholemeal with a crust of 5 seeds, linseed, millet, poppy, sunflower and sesame seeds. The taste is wonderful. The crust is tough but not to tough and the bread is soft. The bread is also wonderful toasted. I am not a bread fan by any stretch of the imagination but I really - really liked this bread. I had mine toasted with a tomato soup and was very nice. I tried to make a sandwich with it and the sandwich was small as the bread is small in size. I will definitely buy again but it is an expensive luxury.

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                      03.06.2009 13:08
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                      Although I gave a great review of Warburton's Medium White Bread yesterday I like to have the odd sandwich on this bread. This is a seeded loaf, and you get this in either 400g and 800g loafs. They are quite expensive and the 400g will set you back anything up to £1.20. The slices are quite small, but I find 2 slices of bread with some salad and meat filling can be quite filling. I find the crusts to this bread are often quite dark, and I'm not that keen on dark crusts. I guess you don't have to eat them though. So what is the slices like? Although this is white bread, it is quite dark and a little malty tasting. There is plenty of seeds mixed through the slices and the seeds are Sunflower, Poppy and Sesame. I don't know if I would want a little less seeds, but I know I wouldn't need any more, as this is full of them. The bread is soft, and there is a bit crunch with the seeds. Each small slice has 76 calories, so perhaps not that bad for you. I'm sure in your mind you will feel like you are having a nutritious snack anyway with all the goodness in it. Packaging isn't that exciting. It is a clear wrapper which has light purple bits on it and a description of the product. Warburton's is the bread of choice for me, as they are a cut above in my view. Nice bread for the odd sandwich, but this doesn't appeal to me for to use for toast, as that would seem a bit weird.

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                        15.11.2008 01:45
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                        I can't see a close competitor for my loaf-loyalty

                        This is an amaizng loaf... I've tasted a variety of loaves in my life (Mighty White, Hovis, freshly baked, granaries, foreign breads etc) and I am absolutely hooked on this one. I also love the way they do a 'mini' loaf too. I know bad reviews are sometimes far more interesting, and if that is the case then this is going to be one boring review. One complaint might be that it's not as 'dense' as some loaves, meaning you might need to eat more slices to feel full. However, that's what I like about it: lighter, fresher texture combined with the right proportion of seeds means I can taste the filling of my sandwich and not just 'bread, bread, bread and more bread'... which I would say is a misconception about sandwiches. Sandwiches are not just about the bread, it's about the right mix of bread and filling! It is, as with all recipes and food-making, about the right proportion of ingredients thrown together in the right way. Warburtons have definitely got it right.

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                        12.08.2008 10:19
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                        A great alternative to fresh-baked bread

                        I'm one of those people who loves fresh bread but who will always have a loaf of "plastic" bread in the freezer. For those who are not yet with me, "plastic" bread is what most people would describe as a sliced sandwich loaf. It's handy to have a loaf in the house for those moments when fresh bread is either not available or not appropriate. There is one very large setback though, and that's the taste. Good bread is fantastic, most "plastic" bread is, well, boring! Warburton's seeded batch loaf bucks that trend. It's particularly tasty and has a flavour that's about as close to a fresh baked loaf as you're likely to find behind a plastic wrapper. Technically, the seeded batch loaf is a white loaf. Rather like the 50/50 or "Best of Both" breads that have become so popular this is a bread with hidden depth! However, rather than pretending to be a white loaf with a bit of extra roughage (don't you love that word?) Warburton's Seeded Batch loaf is unashamedly seedy! A mix of five seeds - sesame, sunflower, linseed, millet and poppy seeds adorn the outside crust of the bread giving it a real farmhouse look. The seeds are then apparent through the bread. This is a sliced loaf and, unlike many sliced loaves it only comes in one thickness (although 2 sizes of actual loaf are available). The slices are, in my opinion, spot on. Thick, but not doorstops! The loaf itself is soft and yields well. It wets like a homebake rather than going doughy like many "plastic" loaves. The seeds give a bit of a crunch that is interesting and makes up for the softer crust. The taste is quite malty and just a little bit salty. The seeds each add to the overall flavour to produce a nutty, moreish loaf. This isn't really a toasting loaf as, although the bread itself stands up to toasting the seeds are prone to catching and burning. The loaf freezes well and slices come apart without much effort. I'd thoroughly recommend this loaf as a good flavoursome alternative to commercial bread. It's readily available, sensibly priced and packs a punch!

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                          30.04.2008 20:32
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                          Something a bit different

                          I love Warburtons bread, rolls and other bakery snacks and this seeded batch loaf certainly does not disappoint. I'm afraid Warburtons is quite expensive but I believe you get what you pay for and I can't compromise on quality where bread is concerned. The seeded batch comes in a 400g and 800g large loaf which varies in price. I find Tesco or Asda is usually the cheapest. On this occasion I purchased my 800g loaf from Sainsbury's at £1.47, however I have seen it for £1.32 in Asda! This is a thick sliced, soft batch loaf made with a mix of five seeds including poppy, millet, sunflower, linseed and sesame. Initially, it looks like a brown loaf but it isn't. It has a deliciously nutty moreish flavour and the crunchiness of the seeds make it a lot more interesting than regular brown or white. It smells great when you take it out of the packet...like its just been baked that morning. I also find that Warburtons bread keeps beyond its 'Use By' date. I really like this bread because it is more filling than others and stops me hitting the crisps and chocolate at lunchtime!

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                            16.01.2008 11:54
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                            a tasty bread

                            Eating sandwiches are such a bone of contention with me as I can never get excited about eating a sandwich with two slices of white bread. I can often be seen scouring the bread section in the supermarket, buying wholemeal bread, rolls, pita breads etc., all in an attempt to have a tasty lunch. I chose a loaf of Warburton s seeded batch bread as it looked different from any other bread I have tried in a while. It didn't jump out at me on the shelf as the loaf itself is smaller than your average loaf size. The price isn't as small however as it towers over many standard loaves at approx 1.00gbp per loaf. I managed to get my first loaf on offer which was a bonus as like many new purchases before, I have tried one slice at home and the rest of the loaf has been left to grow mouldy in the bread bin. You know what you're getting as the majority of the packaging is clear, showing off the tanned looking bread, sprinkled in a variety of seeds. I could feel myself actually getting slightly excited about having a sandwich when I got home. The taste test was getting ever nearer as I began to take out a couple of slices. The actual size of a slice is almost half the size of a standard loaf. The packet also states this is a thick sliced bread, but upon opening I have realised it's no where near thick sliced, and is classed more a medium in my opinion. Ok so it wasn't going to be the biggest sandwich, and my slice of meat was leaning out over the sides of the bread. Each slice is dotted with tiny seeds which I came to realise were poppy seeds. There are also other seeds around the crusts and embedded into each slice. These include sesame, sunflower, and millet seeds. My sandwich ready, I took a tiny bite in case it wasn't going to be tasty. Through the filling, my teeth came into contact with the tiny seeds and I found myself crunching through them. This sounds bizarre but actually it was quite nice and added some good texture to my sandwich. Sandwich finished, I was satisfied with the taste test. My only gripe would be the size of the slices and it felt like I could eat another round. The shelf life of the bread averages against other brands. Most of the time there is always some left that starts to grow green after a while of being neglected, but I'm happy to say this loaf gets gobbled up fairly quickly. This will also have something to do with the fact there aren't as many slices as other loaves have, but all the same, if it's going to be tasty and get used I'm not going to complain. The bread like others can be frozen on day of purchase, but I try not to do this as I find bread can be fairly soggy when frozen for too long, but I think this has something to do with my fussiness about bread. As for toasting this bread, I found it to be too crispy once toasted, and takes away the subtle crunchiness you get when biting into this bread. Warburton s started off as a family baker way back in 1876 according to their website. Personally I had never heard of the brand until recently, but I am impressed with what I have tasted so far. They also have a range of filling ideas posted so for the likes of me this is a great source of new ideas for lunch. There is some allergy info on the packaging which includes wheat, gluten, sesame seeds, barley and soya, all included in this bread. As for calories etc., there isn't too much difference between this loaf and other breads, everything's bad for us in one way or other. If you're looking for something different I can highly recommend trying this bread. Please note this review is also posted on Ciao where I am a member.

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