Bread is one of those annoying foods - you buy it (spending WAY more on gluten free bread than your gluten-eating friends), leave it for a day or so longer than you meant to, and suddenly, when you're SERIOUSLY craving a slice of toast, it's all gone green.
Or is that just me?
Well, the wonderful folk at Newburn Bakehouse (aka Warburtons' gluten free department) have come up with an answer - the Mighty Mini Loaf!
Available in white or seeded, these half-sized loaves have the same sized slices as the normal gluten free ones, but half the amount. This means you can devour the lot before the sell by date, without having to freeze them.
These loaves are gluten free, wheat free and milk free, and a source of calcium - important if you have coeliac disease, as you could be more at risk of osteoporosis.
It's been a VERY long time since I bought gluten free bread so when Newburn Bakehouse offered to send me some loaves to try, I was looking forward to seeing how it had (hopefully) improved.
Look and feel
I like how the Newburn Bakehouse packaging doesn't look too 'free from' - its bright and easy enough to identify as gluten free without looking like a prescription product.
I gave the bag a bit of a squidge and the bread felt nice and springy - I still remember back in the day when you could hurl a loaf of gluten free bread at a wall and it would probably bounce back!
I also got both of the loaves out of their packaging and had a look. I have had so many problems with holey gluten free bread (as I know many others have) and that's part of the reason I gave up on it.
I only had one slice in both loaves which had a reasonable sized hole in it - the rest all seemed intact which was good to see.
I really liked the look of the crusts too - they look more like the real bread crusts I remember from my childhood, a bit nostalgic!
Texture and taste
I don't really like bread that much but I LOVE toast so I whacked a few slices in a toaster bag after a workout and conjured up a post-workout meal.
Both loaves smelt delicious when I opened the bags - again, a proper nostalgic bread which reminded me of feeding the ducks when I was younger with 'normal' bread!
I had two slices of the seeded bread very lightly toasted to make a turkey bacon sandwich. I thought the bread held together well and have a lovely taste.
I then toasted a piece of the white bread and had this with a good slather of honey! I really enjoyed this as a sweet treat, and again the texture was really nice.
I think these loaves are a great idea if you're the only coeliac in the house. Gluten free bread is expensive enough without having to waste it because you can't get through a loaf - and this could be an easy answer.
I thought it looked and tasted really nice and it's a good idea if you also don't eat bread regularly, like me, and want to buy some on a rare occasion.
You can pick these up in Morrisons stores around the UK.
Visit the Newburn Bakehouse website here to find out more about their other products and where you can buy these mighty mini loaves!