“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Bread „
My mum got these Weight Watchers Part Baked Petit Pains for 99p when they were on special offer, because you get 4 little ones instead of 2 big baguettes it made sense for her to buy them because the big ones are too big sometimes.
You cook them in the oven for about 10 minutes until they are golden brown on the crust. I noticed the air in the kitchen didn't smell of freshly baking bread like even the Tesco Value baguettes do and the petit pains have a bit of a weird shiny look to them.
I cut mine in half and spread it with butter and took a bite, looking forward to a nice chewy piece of bread that would have the freshly baked flavour I expect from these part baked things. Well, it's chewy I'll give it that!
Unfortunately the flavour isn't as good or as strong as I had hoped for, it has got the taste of fresh bread but there's something missing and I can't tell what it is. At first I thought it was that Weight Watchers hadn't added enough salt to them but then I realised that the petit pains are quite salty so it can't be that.
It's nice enough and the chicken and salad I put on mine today rounded the flavour off good, but there was still the feeling of something being missing that made them not quite like other part baked bread products. I'd buy and eat them again but only when they're on special offer because I don't think they're worth their full price.
Another thing is that because they are so small I didn't think the petit pains were filling at all and I could have eaten 2 because I still felt hungry after my sandwich, this is a bit silly because they're 102 calories each and that's not bad but if you double that then you might as well have the full fat version of these baguettes!
There's nothing I love better than a good crusty roll or some tear and share to mop up my pasta sauce or stew. However, since embarking on a much-needed wedding dress diet I have pretty much cut out bread, as the types I like are so high in points that it seems a waste. However when I saw the points on the front of this packet and thought about warm bread for just 1.5 points, I had to give them a try!!
These are fairly average tasting little bread rolls if I am honest, nothing ground breaking here. They take 8 minutes in the oven and if left to go golden brown have that lovely fresh-baked taste.
Packaging and storage
These rolls come in a four pack, but are actually sealed into two sections of two rolls each. This is great for me as I cook for two of us and absolutely HATE waste. Because they are vacuum-sealed, the shelf life of the product is much longer than normal bread so they are great to have in the cupboard as standby (such as today when I realised we'd run out of Yorkshire puddings, shock horror!)
In summary these are great as a side to a meal, I wouldn't use them for sandwiches though. If you have had to cut bread out of a diet or are just looking for bread that is conveniently portioned out into pointed quantities, this is a godsend.
I'm not currently following the Weight Watchers diet plan but when I saw these were on special offer in Morrison's (49p for a 4 pack - they're normally £1.49) I thought I'd give them a try, especially as they were cheaper than most of the other part baked rolls.
If you are following the diet plan then they're 1 and a half Weight Watchers points.
They're suitable for vegetarians and vegans but may contain traces of milk. Other allergy advice: contains wheat and gluten and may contain traces of sesame seeds.
They come in a plastic pack of four which is divided into two so if you open one side, the other two rolls will still stay fresh.
You bake them in the oven for about 8 minutes and I was a bit disappointed as usually, when you bake these sorts of rolls, the wonderful smell of bread wafts throughout the house but I didn't really smell much from these until I opened the oven. Then I was hit by the comforting blast of toasty bread.
Once you've got them on your plate though, the smell fades quite quickly so savour it while you can!
They're very easy to cook and they brown quite nicely on the top without looking or tasting burnt.
As expected they've got a crisp, crunchy outside and a soft, chewy interior but I felt there was something missing. I can't quite describe what but they're just don't taste the same as "full fat" part baked rolls.
I also think they're a bit smaller than most rolls so just on their own they wouldn't fill you up but two made a nice meal accompaniment.
I've only given them a 3 star rating because of the usual price and because they're just not the same as normal part baked rolls in terms of taste. Plus their calorie and fat content doesn't really differ to other brands either (e.g. Sainsbury's white petit pains contain the same amount of fat and only about 15-20kcal more).
Wheat flour, water, wheat fibre, yeast, wheat gluten, salt, flour treatment agent: ascorbic acid.
(per petit pain)
Energy - 431kj/102kcal
Protein - 4.1g
Carbohydrates - 20.0g
(of which sugars - 1.3g)
Fat - 0.6g
(of which saturates - 0.1g)
Fibre - 4.9g
Sodium - 0.18g
Salt equivalent - 0.5g
Since re-embarking on my Weight Watchers plan last year I have been making a point of trying their branded food from the supermarket, much it is improved from the slop they used to sell years ago although I still wouldn't touch their spaghetti bolognese with a barge pole!
A new addition to their range are part baked Petit Pains which I must say are absolutely delicious and really liven up my lunchtime bowl of soup!
You need to bake them at Gas Mark 6 for eight minutes, after which you will have a golden brown crispy looking petit pain which smells lovely and fresh. I find they don't brown to such a deep colour as other part baked baguettes I buy, but the paler crust is very appetising looking and don't try baking them for longer to achieve a darker colour either as they go hard very quickly if you leave them in the oven too long.
They are lovely. The crust is crunchy and has a rich freshly cooked taste, I love the softness and doughy flavour of the inside of the petit pain. I know smothering a Weight Watchers product in butter is defeating the odds somewhat, but sometimes I do like to spread a bit of Lurpak on the warm bread and watch it melt in! Normally though I'll dip my unbuttered petit pain into my soup and it works for dunking brilliantly, soaking up the flavours of whatever soup I'm eating and becoming delightfully soggy.
It's also a good low calorie accompaniment to a healthy chicken stew, each petit pain contains 102 calories and 0.6g of fat which is significantly lower than other rolls I've eaten recently. Being a Weight Watchers product the packet informs me clearly that there are 1 1/2 Weight Watchers points in each petit pain, they are sold in packs of four but the packets have been heat sealed across the middle so you need only open one half and expose two petit pains and store the other two for another time. This makes portion control easier as I know at a glance how many points each petit pain will cost me, and living alone it helps to be able to just open one half of the packet to prevent waste.
They cost £1.49 for a packet of four, which is extortionate considering the Tesco Value part baked baguettes are wonderful for around 25p for a twin pack of large ones! Whenever I buy them for my granddaughters' I'll continue to buy the Value ones, not out of stinginess or anything but because they are fantastic baguettes which are just a little too large for me to eat on my own. I don't begrudge paying for these Petit Pains though because they're lovely and mean I can indulge in a tasty roll to mop up the last of my home made vegetable soup.