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      27.02.2011 11:17
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      a nice breakfast loaf

      I love hot cross buns and usually start eating them at this time of year rather than waiting until Easter when they are traditionally eaten. On a recent trip to my local Iceland store I spotted this Warburton's Hot Cross Bun Loaf and thought I would give it a try to see how it compared to hot cross buns themselves. ~~~~~Price~~~~~ A 400g loaf cost me £1.00 in Iceland, I did think it was a little expensive as it is only a small loaf but it does weigh quite a lot due to all the fruit contained inside. Also Warburton's is a good brand who's bread I often buy and find to be of very good quality. ~~~~~Packaging~~~~~ The loaf comes in a plastic wrapper sealed at the end with a sticky wrap the same as most loaves of bread. The packaging is very bright and eye catching with a clear see through top allowing you to see the loaf inside and a bright yellow bottom with daffodils on. This gives the loaf a lovely spring look and instantly makes you think of warmer days and Easter. On the sides of the wrapper is the Warburton's logo and statement 'bursting with freshness'. On the back of the loaf is a quick and simple guide to the nutritional information for each slice of the loaf. While on the bottom you can find more detailed product information including full nutritional information and ingredients listings. The hot cross bun loaf is also suitable for vegetarians but there is some allergy advice as the loaf contains gluten, soya and milk. On the bottom of the loaf is also a quote by Jonathon Warburton 'Because it's so delicious it makes me neither hot nor cross'. This did make me smile when I read it and it's nice to see that a family run company although large now still takes the time to put more personal touches on their products. ~~~~~Nutritional Information / Ingredients~~~~~ The hot cross bun loaf is described as a 'spice flavoured fruit loaf with currents and sultanas', I will not bore you by listing all of the many ingredients contained in this loaf. But the loaf is made up of 8% Sultanas and 8% currents and although it states that the loaf is spiced flavoured I was a little disappointed to see no actual spices named on the ingredients listings just 'flavouring'! Nutritional Information per slice for those of you who like to know what you're putting inside of you: Energy - 99 (kcal) Sugars - 5.9g Fat - 1.4g Saturates - 0.2g Salt - 0.32g Fibre - 1.2g ~~~~~Cooking~~~~~ Although there is no cooking instructions on the loaf packet and you can eat this loaf just like normal bread without cooking I do prefer my slices toasted. I find this fruit loaf does not take long to toast and I usually turn my toaster down a couple of settings so I do not burn the slices. The In simple serve with a quick spread of real butter...yummy! ~~~~~Taste / My Opinion~~~~~ I do like this hot cross bun loaf and would probably but it again as I got around 5 servings from it but I was a little disappointed with the flavour. Although it describes the loaf as being spiced and you do get a slight spice smell when you open the wrapper I found it hard to taste any spices in the loaf when cooked. Even so there is a good distribution of fruit throughout the loaf and you get the traditional sticky top and cross on the top of the loaf that you would find on a hot cross bun. So in conclusion a good fruit loaf but a little more spice would be nice! May also appear on Ciao under the same name.

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        05.04.2010 10:29
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        A delicious loaf and worth indulging!

        I am so disapointed that this is only a limited edition loaf; it is amazing. Warburtons Hot Cross Bun Loaf is exactly as it says. Another way to describe it would be as a giant hot cross bun, cut into bread slices. Attention to detail has been paid as it even has the cross on top. This isn't the cheapest - costing £1.30-1.35 for a 400gram loaf, but it is worth it. I haven't seen this in my local Tesco or Sainsbury, but a lot of the local corner shops sell it. The slices of the loaf are smaller than the average slice of bread, but retain the thickness of a 'medium' sliced loaf, which makes them a good size for the toaster. You don't get many slices in a packet - I'm going to estimate around 10, but unlike other packaged loaves, you will want to eat the end crusty slices as they are packed full of fruit and are just as delicious as the rest of the loaf. This loaf is delicious toasted, with butter, or eaten as it is, untoasted. It tastes exactly like a hot cross bun and is moist, sticky and fruity - just the way a good bun should be! Pop them in the toaster and relish the sweet, spiced smell in the kitchen. Mmmmm. I've been having two slices for breakfast most mornings with a cup of coffee - a lovely way to begin the day. I know that you can buy packets of hot cross buns much cheaper in the supermarkets and that they are often on special offer, but this loaf is lovely and it's very handy being able to just pop it in the toaster, rather than trying to squish buns in, just for them to get stuck and start burning, or mess around with doing them under the grill. The other benefit of these is that because they come in the same type of bag as a loaf of bread, it's easy to tie the back shut again and prevent from getting mouldy. Of course, I doubt you'll have it sitting around long enough for it to reach this state anyway - I know I wouldn't. A visit to the Warburtons website confirms that this product is suitable for freezing - so stock up while it lasts! It's also suitable for vegetarians, a definate plus if you have a veggie housemate like I do. There are 94 calories and 1.3g of fat per slice, for all you health-concious beings out there. I'm off to have another slice now.

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          02.04.2010 11:41
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          Easy to serve, and eat.

          Ok it is officially Easter so I shall review this hot cross bun loaf not a bun at all. Who came up with this idea and why didn't they think of it before this year. The loaf stood out in an offer stand at co op store at £1.00 offer price. It comes in a bright yellow bag the same as loaves of bread come in. It has written on it bursting with fruitiness and they are not wrong. Warburtons make bread and have never know them to venture far away from it. This is the first time I have ever seen a hot cross bun loaf. It is loaf with the traditional white cross running over the top of it.The loaf comes pre cut so it's just a case of spreading your butter over it. If you walked into my kitchen you can smell hot cross buns! I think you'd be surprised to see a loaf sat there instead. The smell is the same but the taste I would say is better then a bun. The fruits are juicy and the loaf itself seems more moist compared to the bun. I still put butter on mine though through habit. I haven't yet tried to toast this loaf even though I do with the buns. Each slice has 94 calories ans 1.3g of fat. They are available to buy at Asda, waitrose,and Tesco as main stores and vary in price from £1.00 to £1.39 Even though this loaf will cost you more then a pack of hot cross buns it contains roughly 10 slices and is worth the money in my opinion.

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            05.02.2010 07:51
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            Since Easter is getting close again, things like this Loaf have been in the shops for a little while now. This is a lot nicer than your standard Fuirt Loaf, and the wife always buys one of these when it hits the shops. We both like Hot Cross Buns, but find the thickness of them quite offputting. So this is nicer, as you just apply a thick spread of Butter, and eat this as a slice. This comes in a 400g Loaf and costs about £1.30. Perhaps not that cheap considering you often get Hot Cross Buns on Buy one get one free 6 packs for about 80p, but as I mentioned this is nicer. Also it is the Warburton's brand name that you will be paying for. This is just in a poly bag. You get 9 slices in this and the 2 heels. They aren't the largest slices and about the same size as the small Warburtons Loaf of Bread that you get. Probably a bit thicker than the Bread though. The crust on this is alright, but it is more the moist bit that i'm interested in. This is full of Raisins and the Hot Cross Bun gentle spice. It is a bit tangy, and full of flavour. As I mentioned I tend to put a generous spread of Butter on this, which isn't that healthy, but this is how I like it most. So much nicer than a standard Fruit Loaf and Hot Cross Buns.

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            22.08.2009 12:57
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            I do like the odd slice of Fruit Cake, but this is much much better than Fruit Cake, and also better than Hot Cross Buns. I know Hot Cross Buns can be quite dry, and although they aren't overly thick, I just find them a little thick for my liking. I'm not that keen on Scones either. I came across this a few years ago when I worked in a small Co-op. The Warburton rep came in and gave us one of these to share and sample - always good when you get things for free, and i've picked up the off one ever since. Anyway, enough about the waffle, what about the product. Well this is from the Warburton's family, is a 400g loaf and costs around £1.30. Sometimes can be on offer around £1, and although my local Asda sells this all year round, it is more noticable in the run up to Easter, as I think they have more stock of this, and it ends up in various displays. The packaging is just standard. It is a ply bag which is tied at the end like a loaf of bread style. There is a see through panel on the side and you can see the slices through this bit. The main colouring on the pack is yellow, and that colour is symbolised by Easter. There is a few flower decorations on the pack as well, and the Warburton branding stands out easy enough. The loaf is like a huge Hot Cross Bun, although if it was it is an odd shape! The loaf is pre sliced, and the slices are quite thick. I haven't counted the slices, but I think there is about 9 slices and the 2 heels. There is the Hot Cross Bun design on the top with the white lines, and the loaf is full of Currants and a hint of a spice to it. I eat mine with a generous speading of Butter and it tastes absolutely delicious. I guess you could toast this, but I don't like the idea of that. Great anytime of the year, but gorge yourself around easter time - just leave room for all the Choccie Eggs!

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              25.07.2009 20:16
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              A great product at Easter time.

              Warburton's Hot Cross Bun Loaf is a special edition product that Warburton's have brought in just for Easter. If you like hot cross buns then you should definitely like this, in fact I like this more than actual hot cross buns! So, what is this product? It is a Warburton's brown loaf that is slightly smaller than the average loaf but the taste certainly makes up for it as it is very filling! Each piece is as a hot cross bun with small pieces of sultana and raisin scattered throughout it. The crusts have the same white pattern that is on hot cross buns. When the whole loaf is together, it does look like a giant hot cross bun because of the big white cross on top of the entire loaf! What are the advantages over normal hot cross buns? It is much easier to make, just take a slice out of the bag put it in the toaster instead of having to cut the hot cross bun in half and grill it on both sides. They seem to have nice fruit in them compared to normal hot cross buns, and have just the right amount as well! Also, its a nice difference to normal toast in the morning! Nutrition wise it isn't too good as it has quite a lot of sugar per slice, but its still a nice alternative to normal toast! Its generally best to have it with butter, which might add on a few calories. It costs around £1.20 per loaf, which I think is quite good value because of the fruit since a normal loaf seems to cost around £1 these days! It is also around the price of how many hot cross buns would be in that loaf. It doesn't last for too long in our house, as there is around 12 slices and they are very addictive! If they are on offer then I would recommend buying a few and then freezing them. Its now no longer on the shelf, and I quite miss it because I really enjoyed having it in the morning. Overall, next time its in the shops I would definitely recommend trying it!

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                27.05.2009 13:49
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                Try it!

                I picked this up almost accidentally in Somerfield's around Easter time, as I was looking for something a bit sweet. Now I'm not a massive fan of normal hot cross buns, because it's rare that they have enough raisins/sultanas etc. to taste of anything other than bread to me! This may be because I'm weird and eat them cold without butter!! I do love the smell of toasted ones though. Anyway, this hot cross bun loaf is a genius idea in my opinion. I don't know how long it's been around for, but it seems pretty new to me. It's just like a regular sliced loaf, except that it has currants in, and the 'crusts' and edge of the bread in general has that shiny look and white cross patterning of an actual hot cross bun. So how is it better? Well, these are the advantages: - It's less messy and crumby than cutting a bun open (yes, I'm lazy!) - You get less dry bread taste as it's thinner and more moist - It's easier to toast in a toaster - It tastes nicer raw without butter I tend to avoid buying loaves of bread because I'm only one person, yet I finished this easily before it was going to go stale (because it was so nice!!). In fairness, it is quite a lot smaller than a standard loaf of bread in terms of height and width. And it tastes exactly like a hot cross bun but better, so I think the only disadvantage here is losing the tradition of actual hot cross buns. However, I'm more than willing to sacrifice that for something so nice :) It's a reasonable price as far as I can remember, nothing too surprising.

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                  26.04.2009 21:50
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                  If You Haven't Tried It;; Run and Get Some Quick ;]

                  This hot cross bun loaf is a special edition from Warburtons for over Easter and it's seriously addictive, I don't even like hot cross buns but I couldn't stop eating slices of this until it was all gone. It comes in a bright yellow wrapper and is about the same size as the half size loaves Warburtons makes. The loaf looks like a typical hot cross bun cos it is a sticky dark colour and Warburtons have even made a cross on the top of the loaf so it looks like a big hot cross bun. The slices are quite thin and they toast quick on the grill so make sure you watch them cos they are much better toasted just until they are just starting to turn golden. I did one slice until it was too dark and it spoiled the taste of it. I butter mine but the loaf is soft enough that you could easily have it dry as my mum does cos she doesn't like butter. The taste is perfect and it tastes better than a hot cross bun I think but my mum who eats loads of hot cross buns said they taste exactly the same. There aren't loads and loads of raisins in it and that's good cos it would have spoilt it, they are pushed into the bread and not on the crust or the edges of the slices. It tastes of a mixture of spices like cinnamon and ginger and I thought it was perfectly done and went nice with the taste of the bread. I wish this was here all year round cos it's dead nice, we love it so much in our house that my mum brought 8 the other day to put in the chest freezer but I think she should buy some more cos they definatly won't last till next Easter.

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                    16.04.2009 17:30
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                    Definately bursting with Fruitiness.

                    Warburtons Hot Cross Bun Loaf is a limited edition for the Easter season. Apparently, according to their website this product was brought back by popular demand. I had never seen this product before until a few weeks ago when I was looking for hot cross buns or some sort of teacakes to munch on in the mornings and afternoon with a hot chocolate or a cup of tea. I found this near the buns and fruit loaf aisle just for a £1 at the time in TESCO but since writing this it has gone up to £1.39. ASDA has it for a £1 and maybe Iceland does too so you have to shop around. The product it self is a 400g loaf, wrapped in the usual plastic packaging for bread with a tag with the best before date and to seal in the freshness. The packaging is yellow and shows daffodils and states that it is bursting with fruitiness. The Loaf it self appears with a white cross on top of the loaf. It is a little sticky on top with the glaze, and is already sliced, each slice containing sultanas and currants. It tastes mildly spiced and slightly sweet but not over powering and contains loads of juicy sultanas and currants. It just tastes absolutely gorgeous, fresh and soft to sink your teeth into. It is nice with a spread of margarine but I prefer it toasted with a spread of margarine. As it is toasting you can smell the fragrance of the warm sultanas and currants just wafting making you even hungrier. The product itself contains wheat gluten, soya, and milk. It states that it does not contain any egg, sesame seeds or barley but it then goes on to say it the product was produced in a bakery which uses sesame seeds, barley and oats. So be wary if you have allergies. It states it is suitable for home freezing but considering the freshness of the product it is best to just eat it within the best before date and trust me it won't last long so there is no need to worry about it going off. It is so yummy and everyone in my house seems addicted to this it will be sad to see it go when it disappears. I am assuming that this limited edition will disappear off the shelves by the end of the month. I have noticed they also do a fruit loaf with orange version too but I'm not keen on orange bits. I may end up giving it a try though it may surprise me and I will need to substitute this limited edition with something just as tasty. Tastes good but it's a shame that with the 6.4g of sugars per slice the sugar amount really starts to really build up with each slice consumed. Overall I prefer this to normal hot cross buns maybe because every slice is loaded with sultanas and currants and the freshness the product as a whole is retained. Hope to see it return next Easter and hopeful I will remember to look out for this product next year.

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                      08.04.2009 10:45
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                      a lovely change from regular hot cross buns

                      I'm so pleased someone suggested this loaf to review - it is really good & there's just time to buy some of this 'Limited Edition' before Easter. If you love your hot cross buns then I'm sure you'll like this Warburtons Hot Cross Bun Loaf. In my opinion each slice has bags more flavour & is much more moist than the average hcb. The loaf is easy to find amongst the vast array of fruit loaves as it's bright yellow with a daffodil & the Warburton's logo. The loaf is packed in polythene & has one of those plastic tape packs to re-seal & to keep fresh & moist - unfortunately we didn't use it as each slice was devoured in only a few minutes. The nutritional values & ingredients are listed if you are interested. I won't give you them all but basically it contains flour, fat, cinnamon, sultanas, mixed spice & currants. There's a generous amount of lovely moist sultanas & currants which blend delightfully with the loaf. In moderation, if you ate a slice without butter (shame!) it would provide you with 94 calories & 1.3g of fat, so would still be OK for a treat if, like me, you are watching your weight? Problem is ...... they are lovely with butter & it's difficult to stop at one slice! They are also delicious toasted & are just the right size to pop into the toaster. Have you seen Jamie Oliver's new recipe for Easter? He covers hot cross buns in custard & tops with marmade - sounds strange but bet it tastes good - I'm sure you could do the same dish using this loaf. In the meantime I'll just eat it straight fom the pack with butter but let me warn you it's very moreish! Bad news I'm afraid - it may not suit everyone as it contains milk, egg, soya, whaet gluten, barley & sesame seeds - not good for those who suffer allergies. Better news - unlike Soreen & other fruit loaves - it's not as dark in colour, sticky or messy & doesn't stick to the teeth! summary ~ - a really nice change from regular hot cross buns. - very tasty but moreish. - contains lots of flavour & you can see & taste the texture of the raisins/ currants/sultanas. - definitely worth a try in my opinion.

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                        07.04.2009 21:55
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                        A great fruit loaf, toast it or just have it buttered.

                        Just close your eyes for a moment and think `Hot Cross Bun`, then keep them closed and think twice as moist and three times as tasty. Eureka! You have just imagined what the Warburton's Hot Cross Bun loaf is like. I bet you are reading this and thinking this is pure exaggeration. Well, you are wrong! Warburton's have created the ultimate, the most wondrous, the fruitiest Hot Cross bun loaf that has ever hit the market. Right, lets start from the beginning, the packaging is in the true Easter spirit, half of the bag is bright yellow and not only do Warburtons tell you that their Hot Cross Bun loaf is bursting with freshness they have also bedecked the packet with a daffodil in full bloom. But the plastic bag still leaves plenty of room for the Hot Cross Bun loaf to be admired from afar. I would like to think I am right when I say that Warburton's have baked this fruit loaf especially for Easter, the plastic bag is clearly marked with the words `Special Edition`. Warburton's have sliced the fruit loaf, I prefer any fruit loaf to be pre-sliced its far easier to deal with. Each slice is just about right, thick enough to fit into the toaster slots and thick enough to hold a layer of fresh creamy butter. The top crust of the loaf is doubly delicious, it has been glazed and it has that sticky feel to it. Before you stick the slice into the toaster or put the butter knife near it just drink in the beauty that is before your very eyes ( Warburton's aren't paying me honestly!) Each slice is speckled with mixed spices and juicy amber brown sultanas and fat ebony currants fill every square centimetre of the delicious fruit loaf. You have a slice on your plate ready to butter? OK, then flick the butter knife across the fruit bread and don't be tempted to be mean, any pre- arranged diet will have to go on hold for the remainder of the day. Prepare to savour, what goes on next is between you and Warburton's alone! The only thing that I am prepared to reveal about my Warburton's experience is `Boy, what a time I had!` The spices flood your taste buds as soon as the moist bread slips between your lips, each plump sultana is asking for individual attention and the currants are crying out for recognition. As the whole combination mills around in your mouth you must make the most of every second that it stays there. Of course if you preferred you could toast Warburton's Easter loaf, when it is toasted the hot crusts form the perfect setting for the soft fruity inner and the taste of the mixed spice is enhanced as the fruit bread warms up. If you are thinking about selling your home then it would be good to toast the loaf a few minutes before any viewings, prospective buyers would be bowled over! Normally we choose to leave the best until the last, but today I have reserved the last paragraph to impart sad news to you all. Each slice of Warburton's Hot Cross bun loaf contains 94 calories ( but it is worth every single one) 1.3g fat in each slice and the loaf contains soya, milk, egg, barley, sesame seeds and wheat gluten. If you would like to buy one now ready for the Easter weekend then it will be fine if it is kept in the freezer. Vegetarians can enjoy the fruity treat too. If ( and it is a very big if!) I have any of the Hot Cross bun loaf left I shall store it in an airtight tin until needed....Who am I trying to kid???!!! I paid £1.20 for mine and it was worth every penny. I am sure that you will find that most leading supermarkets stock Warburton's products.

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                          06.04.2009 19:48
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                          A great slice to have with a cuppa

                          Warburtons Hot Cross Bun Loaf.... I know I have been reviewing a lot of low fat products lately because of my healthier eating plan but I couldn't resist sharing the wondrous purchase that is this Hot Cross Bun Loaf. I only picked it up in Tesco because it has a slight reduction on it and was only £1. Its the sort of thing that my other half usually likes so I was buying it more for him than me. But of course late night munchies got the better of me and I gave in and had a slice. Then another. Then a third! So as I say this loaf set me back a mere £1 but the usual price I thin is around £1.30p. For that you get a loaf of bun type bread weighing in at 400 grams and looking the same size as a half a loaf of regular bread. The short description on the back of the packet reads " Spice flavoured fruit loaf with currants and sultanas." So for anyone who hasn't eaten a Hot Cross Bun before that is basically what it is. However unlike most Hot Cross Buns this loaf is deliciously moist and fruity. I have often been disappointed when buying Hot Cross Buns because they seem to have less and less fruit inside every year but Warburtons have certainly stepped up the game with this loaf. Of course you must have the loaf toasted to appreciate the wonderful warm juicy currants and sultanas that makes the slice literally melt in the mouth. I must say we have been buying Flora Extra Light margarine lately and this is what I have been using on this loaf and I still find it delicious. However I would think that with proper butter spread on a warm slice of this you would have heaven on a plate! The loaf itself has been pre-cut into slices that are all of a good thickness. Again because the loaf itself was the size of a half loaf each slice is dumpy in appearance. You can see just by looking at the loaf how many pieces of fruit is has inside and you can feel that the loaf feels ever so fresh. The smell from the Hot Cross Bun Loaf is gorgeous and reminds me of a classic bakery with warm aromas of cinnamon and freshness. The texture of each slice is lovely and fluffy but still firm enough to hold together as a slice and not be all flimsy when you apply the spread. I have really fallen for this Hot Cross Bun Loaf. I think both the calorie and fat content of a slice is reasonable although depending what spread you are putting on it, that could all change. Per slice there is 94 calories and 1.3 grams of fat but only 0.4 grams is saturated fat. When using my Flora Extra Light spread, this doesn't work out too bad however if you put pure butter on this would shoot both right up. So I would e happy to have one slice with a cup of tea for a snack. The only thing is having one slice would be so hard just because each slice is so moreish! The Warburtons Hot Cross Bun Loaf has been unfortunately labelled as a "Limited Edition". Now I would assume it has been brought out for Easter but possibly if it goes down as well as it has in my house everywhere else then they might make it a permanent fixture of the vast Warburtons collection. Okay so all in all I would say this is a MUST TRY because it is a LIMITED EDITION and my overly rating of it is 5 STARS and an EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH

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