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I hate raisins with a passion. Which is why I was as shocked as anyone else to find I not only liked Genius's brand new sliced spicy gluten free fruit loaf - I loved it. I seem to have turned into this fruit-loaf guzzling machine, popping a piece in the toaster every time I walk past and it catches my eye, staring at me, pleading, 'eat me'.
Genius very kindly offered to send me some of this to review. I was intrigued but was adamant I wasn't going to like it and it would lurk in the back of my freezer until I couldn't take the guilt anymore and threw it away. Or fed it to the birds. Instead, I warily toasted a bit, slathered it with butter and instantly fell in love.
There's something about it - sweet but not overpowering, faint hints of warm spices wafting from the toaster, and even that sweet burst of a usually-dreaded raisin or currant. I am befuddled by this bread.
The texture itself is delicious. I think Genius has only improved over the years and (in my mind at least) you could almost be conned into thinking you're eating real toast. I haven't tried any of this untoasted, needless to say Steve and I sat by the toaster until it was all gone, and now I only stare at the Genius-shaped hole on my worktop.
I am trying my hardest to be good and this was a welcome treat. It has also given me hope that this could be the year I brave my fear or raisins and try a hot cross bun at Easter. But let's take this one step at a time...
You can pick this product up at Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose or the Co-Operative, RRP £2.99. It's still ridiculously pricey for a loaf of bread, but I would certainly recommend it as an occasional treat. As well as being gluten free it is also wheat, dairy and egg free and suitable for vegetarians. Win.