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During the week when I am at work my breakfast usually consists of a cereal bar or something fairly unhealthy but speedy. But at weekends I like to eat something much nicer for breakfast and last weekend I picked up a packet of the warbuttons toasting muffins as they are tasty and versatile. These muffins come in a pack of four and are currently priced at £0.68 at the moment in sainsburys which is a 20% saving on the normal price. The savoury toasting muffins come packed in a thick clear plastic wrapper with the muffins contained inside by a cardboard sleeve. On the front of the cardboard sleeve which u can see through the plastic wrapper u will find some basic nutritional information alongside the warburtons logo. On the back you can find more detailed product information including ingredients listing, allergy advice, storage instructions, full nutritional information and of course toasting instructions. When I took the muffins from the packet I noticed that they were quite thick but also felt soft and fresh. Normally I use a bread knife to cut them in half through the middle but I noticed that it states several times on the packet that these muffins can be teared in half. I was a little sceptical and thought if I tried to tear one I would probably make a mess and end up with one half much bigger than the other. But I was very wrong and surprisingly the muffins tore easily in equal halves which did impress me. To toast the muffins it states on the packet to place them under a grill for 2-3 minutes, turning once until crisp on both sides. Although I do have a grill I always toast my muffins in my toaster as it has very wide slots allowing the muffins halves to fit in easily. The muffins toast quickly and evenly turning a nice golden brown colour. My husband and I ate these for breakfast and ate one plain with butter and the other with some grated cheese on. The muffins have a lovely crispy outside and a soft, fluffy inside. The muffins are quite light in consistency but are also nice and filling and with them being rather plain it means you can top them with almost anything savoury or sweet. Overall I think these are great quality muffins which are brilliant for either breakfast or a quick, tasty snack.
Just when i though I had tried practically every breakfast muffin ender the sun, along comes Warburtons Most muffins are just about the same as every other one, some might be a little thicker, others a little broader. Some might taste nicer, but most taste the same to me. These Warburtons muffins are promoted something along the lines of 'tear them apart and toast them'. Yep, they are trying to take advantage of the rough and rustic feel of food, I am seeing promoted by Jamie and hugh on channel 4. Forget what it says on the packaging; I like to neatly cut my muffins through. It doesn't take any more time and you have more chance of actually ending up with two halfs of muffin, rather than bits of muffin that wont go neatly into your toaster. But lets skip to the good bit and assume that however we have cut, torn or toasted these. When they are all hot and slightly steamy, splatter the butter on! These tend to toast on the outside and stay a little doughier on the inside, so you have a nice contrast of the crispiness on the outside and you bite into a softness in the middle. They don't taste either superior or inferior to any other muffin, they have a different feel about them. These will probably be nice to serve up at breakfast if you have some special guests, as there is a discernible difference in the texture and feel over a standard breakfast muffin. My current 'muffin thing' is plenty of marmite (yes I am coming round to actually piling it on - I have historically usually sat on the fence with marmite). These softer middled muffins really do lend themselves to the marmite. Once the marmite has soaked into the melted butter (remember, keep your muffins hot), you can then knife it into the muffin, rather than just have it sat on top.